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Tucson And Phoenix Place In Top Ten For Worst Drivers

February 23, 2024

By Elizabeth Troutman |

Two Arizona cities ranked in the top 10 for cities with the worst drivers. 

Tucson ranks fourth and Phoenix ranks eighth among the cities with the worst drivers, according to a Forbes Advisor ranking

This ranking is particularly notable with fatal car accidents increasing across the country, with the number of deadly crashes climbing by nearly 10% from 2020 to 2022, according to Forbes. 

In honor of Aggressive Driving Awareness Month, Forbes Advisor compared the 50 most populated cities across five key metrics, including the number of fatal car accidents involving drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and speeding, to determine which cities have the worst drivers.

Tucson has the fourth highest total number of fatal car accidents, with 16.21 per 100,000 city residents, and the fourth highest number of people killed in fatal crashes — 17.02 per 100,000 city residents.

Phoenix has the 10th highest number of fatal car accidents involving speeding, with 3.86 per 100,000 city residents, and the 11th highest total number of fatal car accidents — 13.85 per 100,000 city residents.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is first on the list of cities with the worst drivers, followed by Memphis, Tennessee; Detroit, Michigan; Tucson, Arizona; and Kansas City, Missouri.

Three of the top 15 cities with the worst drivers are in Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. Additionally, three of the top 10 cities with the best drivers can be found in California, including San Francisco, Oakland, and San Diego.

More dangerous driving leads to increased risk and higher insurance rates, according to Forbes. 

“Getting speeding tickets, running red lights, texting while driving and other reckless behaviors all raise your chances of accidents and damage claims,” the finance advice site wrote. “This makes you a greater liability in the eyes of insurers.”

Elizabeth Troutman is a reporter for AZ Free News. You can send her news tips using this link.

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