Tennessee may not be one of the best places for motorists. That’s according to a recent study from SmartAsset, which put the Volunteer State in their top 10 worst states for drivers. The state doesn’t fall far behind its southern counterparts, many of whom also wound up in the top 10. Those include Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.
To conduct the study, SmartAsset used five different metrics to gather their results. Those include looking at the percentage of uninsured drivers across the state, the number of DUI charges per 1000 motorists, the number of vehicle fatalities per 100 million miles driven and other data from Google Trends.
How the Volunteer State stacks up
Tied in eighth place with Alaska, only 80% of Tennessee drivers have some form of car insurance. That’s the fifth-lowest rate of vehicle insurance carriers in the country. When it comes to drunk or drugged driving charges, the state sees nearly 4 DUIs per 1000 motorists. The state also sees approximately 1.35 driver fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven. On top of that, Tennessee has a high rate of searches for traffic tickets, according to Google Trends.
Safety tips for Tennessee drivers
Just because the state has low driving ratings doesn’t mean that every motorist in Tennessee contributed to the results of the study. However, they may want to act defensively if they do come in contact with other negligent motorists. These are some tips they may want to consider:
- Be aware of surroundings at all times.
- Be prepared to brake early in the event of an emergency.
- Limit external distractions.
- Avoid getting aggressive with other negligent drivers.
- Plan ahead when weather or road conditions are adverse.
Road safety is everyone’s concern
Motorist should do everything in their power to make sure they’re doing the best they can to protect themselves and others from the potential dangers of driving. However, those who got seriously injured due to the negligence of another driver may want to seek legal assistance.