SEATTLE July 12, 2018; With jam-packed roads associated with the summer travel season now upon us, QuoteWizard (, an online insurance comparison marketplace, today released a proprietary study ranking the best and worst drivers in the nation, covering the country’s 75 most populous metropolitan areas.

From worst to best, here are the rankings of drivers in all 75 cities, along with the full study: Among its findings, QuoteWizard found that the nation’s best drivers are in Orlando, Miami, El Paso, Detroit, and Little Rock, while the worst driving cities are Omaha, Riverside, Sacramento, Columbus, and the Bay Area.

"Most people think America's worst drivers are the ones who live in their city," says Adam Johnson, QuoteWizard content manager. "But that's not always the case. We analyzed millions of data points on drivers throughout the US and what we found provides an interesting and sometimes surprising snapshot of the best and worst drivers in America.”


This list contains the 75 most populous city metro areas in the US. They're ranked from worst is first, so the lower a city is on this list, the better the drivers are. Conversely, cities with higher rankings have progressively worse drivers. In other words, being high on this list is not a good a thing.

Read more below the list for a more in-depth look on how these cities stack up against each other.

Ranking (Worst) City
1 Sacramento, CA
2 Salt Lake City, UT
3 Riverside, CA
4 Richmond, VA
5 San Diego, CA
6 Los Angeles, CA
7 Columbus, OH
8 Omaha, NE
9 Denver, CO
10 Bakersfield, CA
11 Portland, OR
12 Virginia Beach, VA
13 Bay Area, CA
14 Charlotte, NC
15 Fresno, CA
16 Greenville, SC
17 Minneapolis, MN
18 Cleveland, OH
19 Boston, MA
20 Durham, NC
21 Wichita, KS
22 Atlanta, GA
23 Columbia, SC
24 Phoenix, AZ
25 Washington, DC
26 Greensboro, NC
27 Charleston, SC
28 Tucson, AZ
29 New Orleans, LA
30 Austin, TX
31 Kansas City, MO
32 Cincinnati, OH
33 Boise, ID
34 St. Louis, MO
35 Hartford, CT
36 New York, NY
37 Seattle, WA
38 Jacksonville, FL
39 Colorado Springs, CO
40 Milwaukee, WI
41 Pittsburgh, PA
42 Oklahoma City, OK
43 Baltimore, MD
44 Nashville, TN
45 Dayton, OH
46 Albuquerque, MN
47 Rochester, NY
48 San Antonio, TX
49 Madison, WI
50 Tampa, FL
51 Chicago, IL
52 Memphis, TN
53 Albany, NY
54 Bradenton, FL
55 Dallas, TX
56 Lexington, KY
57 Philadelphia, PA
58 Buffalo, NY
59 Indianapolis, IN
60 Houston, TX
61 Knoxville, TN
62 Grand Rapids, MI
63 Louisville, KY
64 El Paso, TX
65 Honolulu, HI
66 Birmingham, AL
67 Tulsa, OK
68 Las Vegas, NV
69 Baton Rouge, LA
70 Allentown, PA
71 Little Rock, AR
72 Miami, FL
73 Orlando, FL
74 Providence, RI
75 Detroit, MI


QuoteWizard sampled incident data (with more than one million data points) from drivers who used its services. To quantify overall driver quality for comparison, we weighted incident counts for each city with its frequency. The final rankings are a sum of weighted means calculated from total accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations.

About QuoteWizard

QuoteWizard ( is an insurance comparison marketplace for consumers looking to save on insurance. QuoteWizard provides consumers with direct access to thousands of qualified agents in all 50 states, as well as major carriers, who offer personalized quotes and the opportunity to save up to 40% on auto, home, health, and life insurance. Agents and carriers, in turn, benefit from millions of highly qualified leads, calls, and traffic to their site. Based in Seattle, QuoteWizard was founded in 2006.