The Midwest is home to many things–cornfields, Big Ten rivalries and, apparently, the states with the best and worst drivers in the country. The Michigan-Ohio rivalry runs deep out here, but how do these two states compare when it comes to driving? We looked at two studies from 2021 and what we found was surprising.
Ohio has the worst drivers in the country, according to a recent study from Insurify, with 28.18% of drivers in the state having a past traffic citation. Drivers in Ohio also get ticketed 25% more than the national average and receive the most speeding tickets per capita out of any state in the country, according to the study. Four of the top-five worst driver spots are held by midwestern states, with Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin coming in at 2nd, 3rd and 5th, respectively. However, these three states each have populations of less than six million people, while Ohio has a population of more than 11 million. Ohio’s population could be part of the reason why the state has a larger share of residents with past traffic citations than their Midwest neighbors.
Conversely, Insurify also found that Michigan has the best drivers in the country, with only 15% of drivers in the state having traffic citations from the past seven years. Michigan’s traffic incident rate is almost 50% lower than Ohio’s, says the study.
Buckeye or Wolverine, All Star is here to help you be the best driver you can be. We currently offer virtual driver education classes in Michigan, online classes in Ohio and behind-the-wheel training in both states. For more information visit your state’s page on our website. For information on becoming a driving instructor in Ohio see last week’s blog.