Your security on the road depends on many factors. Seat belts, road conditions, and, perhaps most alarmingly, other drivers. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for people under fifty in America, and over 37,000 people die yearly in motor vehicle incidents1. When it comes to driver safety, however, there may be another important factor to consider: where you live.
Because protecting your family doesn’t end at home, SafeWise is also committed to keeping you safe on the road. We researched driving trends across America, aggregating data on motor vehicle fatalities to determine the safest place to drive.
Our conclusion? The northeastern United States, where the old salts in New England manage to keep the rubber on the road, is your safest bet. Despite a reputation for aggressive driving (and some rather unsavory nicknames), Massachusetts’s drivers earn top marks, followed by their neighbors in Rhode Island.
Planning a road trip? Take caution on some of the northwestern cross-country routes that cover scenic areas in Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota. These mostly rural regions hit road blocks as some of the most dangerous states for driving in America.
Looking for more specifics on your state’s safety record? Let’s compare numbers to see a few other correlations in the data on driving trends across America.