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Baltimore/DC: Worst Drivers in America

Find out where Baltimore and DC rank in terms of accident data.

Think drivers are bad where you live?

You may not be alone.

A new Allstate Insurance Company report names Baltimore and DC as two of the places with the worst drivers in America.

The 2012 Best Drivers Report ranks DC as the worst place in the nation for drivers and Baltimore one step behind.

The report ranks America’s largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to make a ranking on which places have the best drivers.

Tell us in comments: What are your biggest gripes about drivers in your area? How could they improve?

The report ranked cities according to average years between accidents and relative accident likelihood compared to the national average.

Sioux Falls, SD, was ranked the number one place for “best drivers,” according to the report.

DC received the lowest rank among the 200 cities studied that had available data: 195. Baltimore was ranked 194, the second lowest slot on the list.

According to the report, residents go, on average, 4.7 years between accidents in DC and 5.3 years between accidents in Baltimore.

In Sioux Falls, the average is 13.8 years between accidents, the report stated.

The report also analyzed company claim data to calculate the likelihood that drivers will get in an accident compared to the national average.

Sioux Falls drivers are 27.6 percent less likely to get in a car accident compared to the national average, the report stated. DC drivers are 112.1 percent more likely to get in an accident compared to the national average.  In Baltimore, it’s 87.9 percent more likely.

This isn’t the first time Maryland has received bad marks for driving.

A GMAC insurance report in 2011 said Maryland drivers ranked 49 out of 51 in terms of how they scored on a written test on road rules, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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Brook Hubbard September 04, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I theorize that there are two contributing factors: 1) Non-locals. We have entirely too many people here who learned to drive out-of-state or out-of-country. Lack of skill in East Coast traffic, ignorance of local traffic laws, etc. Driving slow in the fast lane(s), not using headlights in rain, driving poorly because they are unfamiliar with an area, etc. 2) A complete lack of consequences. There are plenty of people (including locals) who just don't care what the rules of the road are. Speeding, tailgating, cutting people off, yakking on cellphones, etc. No on cares because the system doesn't really punish them. You're lucky if a cop happens to pull these idiots over and even then they get off with a ticket. The former there is little you can do; you can't require everyone who drives through Maryland to have a Maryland license. The latter, however, is easily fixed. Harsher penalties, including losses of license, may begin to reinforce that ignorant and egocentric driving is not acceptable. Like children who get away with everything, the public has to be taught that driving is a privilege... not a right.
Peter Monaghan September 04, 2012 at 01:38 AM
There is a reason I don't bother driving the go karts when I am in Ocean City. They are boring. I drive I95 to get to work every morning. That is much more exciting.
Robert Rey September 04, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I have to remind myself every time I get behind the wheel that I must just "let it go" People today are angry, on drugs, drunk and I might just be that one who feels I have the right of way and does something to teach them a lesson. That is when road rage happens and you read time to time that it does not end well. Be defensive, non challenging, and just let the other guy go. Its the best advice to stay out of trouble.
Melissa September 04, 2012 at 11:29 PM
There are three things that make drivers in Baltimore/D.C. dangerous: 1. Speed 2. Unpredictable behavior 3. Lack of attention We all need to keep our minds on the road, stay in our lanes and use turn signals while changing lanes, and, most importantly, drive at or BELOW the speed limit. Driving a car is the most dangerous thing that the average person will do in their life.
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