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What Are the Safest States To Drive In in the U.S. in 2023?

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Discover the top safest states to drive in the U.S. in 2023. Explore these driving safety rankings and make informed decisions for a safe fleet journey.

What are the Safest States?

Let’s break down the three safest driving states:


Fatal Accidents Per Year

Number of Traffic Deaths per 100,000 People




New York



Washington, D.C.




It may surprise you to see New York so high on this list, as their number of fatal accidents is so high. And it may also surprise you to see  Washington D.C. so low since the number of fatal accidents per year is so low. However, we must focus on the number of traffic deaths in relation to the population. New York has a much higher population than Washington, D.C. Therefore, we should expect that they will have more fatal accidents per year. These statistics measure safety by the number of traffic deaths per 100,000 people. This makes Massachusetts the lowest at 4.9. 

What are the Most Dangerous States?

Of course, if we look at the safest states, we also want to look at the most dangerous states. Let’s break down the three most dangerous states for driving.


Fatal Accidents Per Month

Number of Traffic Deaths per 100,000 People











Note that these statistics are measured per month rather than per year. However, the rates are still much higher than the three safest states by far. 

Why are Some States More Dangerous to Drive In?

Statistics show us that many of the most dangerous states for driving are in the southern part of the United States. Why is this? Rural roads and less strict safety laws are the main reasons attributed to these fatalities. Montana has a stretch of roadway considered the most dangerous in the nation. Fleet drivers must protect themselves at all times, particularly when traveling in these states. 

How Can Fleet Drivers Stay Protected?

We have frequently discussed fleet safety on this blog before. Your first step is creating a fleet safety policy. Check out our guide on creating a fleet safety policy for more details. Your next step is implementing technology that ensures your drivers are safe behind the wheel — some technology solutions to consider include dashcams, telematics, and route planning software. 

Azuga’s fleet management software has everything you need to get started and follow through. Our technology is state-of-the-art, developed by experts in the fleet industry seeking to make your fleet more efficient. Learn more about what we can accomplish by contacting one of our experts for a demo today. 

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