You’ve likely noticed that people drive differently in different areas of the country. People often think that the city they live in has the worst drivers. Location indeed plays a significant factor in driver safety. The major factors are location, how many miles a driver travels, and the type of car they own. You may be surprised to learn that your address can even influence how much you pay for auto insurance. So what are safe cities for drivers in 2023? What are the least safe cities? We’ll explore some driver safety rankings in the U.S. for 2023 to find out.
The 10 Most Dangerous Cities for Driving
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Detroit, Michigan
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Tucson, Arizona
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Mesa, Arizona
- Dallas, Texas
- Atlanta, Georgia
U.S. News found that Memphis, Tennessee is the most dangerous city for drivers in the U.S. This data is based on the number of fatal car crashes per capita and the number of people involved in fatal car crashes per capita. Memphis is also ranked 9th in the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. It is also noteworthy that three Arizona cities made the list of dangerous cities for driving.
The 10 Safest Cities for Driving
- Boston, Massachusetts
- New York City, New York
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Washington, D.C.
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Chicago, Illinois
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Seattle, Washington
- San Francisco, California
- Columbus, Ohio
This report, also from U.S. News, puts Boston at the top of the list for safest drivers. You may have noticed a lot of larger cities on this list, which is surprising to many. Honolulu, in particular, had the least people involved in fatal crashes per capita and the second least fatal accidents.
Other Safety Statistics
U.S. News also found various other statistics worth noting.
For example, Albuquerque, New Mexico had the highest fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled.
Colorado Springs and Denver rank the highest in DUI arrests per capita, ranking first and second, respectively. Milwaukee, Seattle, and Albuquerque make up the rest of the top five.
Vehicle theft is rampant in Bakersfield, California. Although it is number 11 on the list of riskiest cities, it leads in vehicle theft rates. Denver, Albuquerque, Portland, and Oakland are major cities for vehicle theft.
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