Minnesotans Named America's Best Drivers



Here's another distinction Minnesota can add to its overflowing trophy case: A new study by named Minnesota as the state with the best drivers.

We're guessing the study's authors have never navigated the 394/94 split heading into downtown Minneapolis.

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The study used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to rank states in five categories:

  • Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
  • Failure to Obey (percentage of fatal crashes that involved traffic signals, not wearing seat belts, and driving with an invalid driver's license)
  • Drunk Driving (percentage of fatal crashes that involved alcohol)
  • Speeding (percentage of driving fatalities that were speed-related)
  • Careless Driving (pedestrian and bike fatalities per 100,000 people)

Minnesota's total score was good enough to beat second-place Iowa by a decent margin. New Hampshire, Alaska, and Connecticut rounded out the top five.

Wisconsin ranked 30th, and North Dakota was close to last at 48th. Check out the study's surprisingly thorough methodology here, or head over to to play with an interactive chart.

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