Louisiana topped a recent study's list of states with the worst drivers, but poor skills behind the wheel of a car afflict much of the Deep South.
Four of the five Deep South states made it into the list, while all but Montana and North Dakota comprise extensions of the southern United States.
On the flip side, the 10 safest states were mostly from the Northeastern corridor and the Midwestern U.S., aside from Oregon and Utah.
The study, released by CarInsuranceComparison.com earlier this week, looked at data from both NHTSA and the non-profit National Motorists Association. Data from 2011 and 2012 covering everything from traffic and seatbelt violations to more serious offenses like drunken driving, moving violations and even road deaths was analyzed to rank all 50 states.
One major difference between the states at the top and at the bottom as that those rated as the least safe are largely rural or with large distances between towns, while those ranked safest benefit from large urban transit networks that keep drivers off of roads.
According to the study, these are the 10 worst and best states.
The 10 Worst Driver States
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
The 10 Best Driver States
- New Hampshire
- District of Columbia