According to the CarInsuranceComparison.com company, Texas — together with Louisiana — now ranks as the state with the nation’s worst drivers due to the number of car accidents and other metrics measured by the organization.
CarInsuranceComparison.com, has been collecting driving information statistics for the past five years. This year is the first time for Texas to reach the No.1 place on the list.
The yearly report is put together with information gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). CarInsuranceComparison.com collects the material and compiles a score for each state based on the number of road deaths, DWI/DUI citations, careless driving, speeding and failures to obey traffic laws. Using those five categories, Texas scored in the top 15 nationwide for an overall ranking of No.1, a tie with Louisiana.
Why does Texas score so poorly on this ranking? According to Ann Littman, the vice president of Safeway Driving, “Careless and distracted driving has joined drunk driving as a major hazard.” The growing population in cities crates more congestion which makes driving more dangerous. People attempt to pass the time while driving, by being on their phones.
If Texas does not want to remain at the top of the list as the state with the worst drivers in the nation, here are some tips that can make a difference:
- Wear your seatbelt
- Do not eat while driving
- Do not drink and drive
- Do not perform any personal grooming activities while driving
- Do not text and drive
- Do not talk on the phone while driving – either handsfree or handheld
- Do not fiddle with equipment inside the vehicle
- Do not Snapchat, Tweet, Instagram or use other social media while driving
- Keep a safe distance from surrounding vehicles