Does your state have America's poorest drivers? Study reveals 25 areas with the worst motorists When drivers are too slow or honk obnoxiously as they pass by, it's custom to look at their license plate to see what state they are from. Now, financial tech firm SmartAsset has compiled driving data to determine which states in the US have the worst driving habits. The study reveals that you should steer clear of those bearing a pair of oranges on their license plate, because Floridians top the list. SmartAssest gathered data in four areas in order to compile their list: DUI per thousand drivers, deaths per thousand drivers, Google trends on driving tickets and percentage of drivers in the state with insurance. http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/08/08/21/3703C8DD00000578-0-image-a-15_1470688571066.jpg +3 SmartAsset determined the top 25 states in the US with the worst drivers - however the firm highlighted the top 10. Florida ranked number one due to the low number of insured drivers and high number of Google searches for 'speeding tickets' and 'traffic tickets' Study author Derek Miller said: ‘We then indexed each factor for every state giving equal weighting and then finding the average score per state to create the final index. 'Maybe it’s the heat causing road rage, but four out of the top ten states in our study are located in the southeast.' And the firm deemed Florida the worst out of all 50 states, which they say is ‘often plagued with a reputation for bad drivers’. The Sunshine State was found to not only have the second lowest number of insured drivers in the nation, but ‘speeding tickets’ and ‘traffic tickets’ were Googled more than another other state. http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/08/08/21/3703C8CF00000578-0-image-a-16_1470688676106.jpg +3 SmartAssest gathered data in four areas in order to compile their list: DUI per thousand drivers, Deaths per thousand drivers, Google trends on driving tickets and percentage of drivers in the state with insurance It seems that many of the bad drivers reside in southern states, as Mississippi (second), Alabama (sixth), Tennessee (eighth) and Texas (ninth) all made the top 10 list. Mississippi, which placed second, ranked fifth in the most deaths from automobile accidents and 12th for DUI arrests per thousand drivers. And third place went to Oklahoma, as only 74 percent of the drivers in the mid-west state are insured and they have one of the 15 worst scores for DUIs. 1. Florida: The Sunshine State was found to not only have the second lowest number of insured drivers in the nation, but ‘speeding tickets’ and ‘traffic tickets’ were Googled more than another other state. 2. Mississippi: This southern state had the 5th highest deaths resulting from vehicular incidents and 12th highest rate of DUI arrests per driver in the country. They also ranked 3rd worst in that category with only 77% insured. 3. Oklahoma: Only 74% of drivers and they have one of the 15 worst scores in DUIs per thousand drivers (7.74), number of people killed per thousand drivers in vehicular incidents (.21) and rate of googling parking and traffic tickets (52.13). http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/08/08/21/3703CE8900000578-3730255-image-a-18_1470689956109.jpg +3 This study found that you should steer clear of those bearing to oranges on their license plate, as Floridians have been deemed the worst drivers in the US 4. New Jersey: The Garden State has the second most deaths per driver at .61, almost 90% of the drivers are insured. 5. Delaware: This state is unfortunately the only one with more deaths per driver than New Jersey. It has the lowest DUI rate per driver, only 40% of deaths occurred when the driver was above the legal limit for drinking, which is the 4th highest rate in the country. 6. Alabama: This southern state also has bad scores, with 33 percent of deaths resulting from a driver over the legal alcohol limit. 7. Vermont: Vermont leads the nation in DUIs per driver with 50 per thousand drivers, but they have the lowest percentage of deaths resulting from drunk driving - 20%. 8. Tennessee: The Volunteer State is one of the least insured states with just 20 percent and it has the 18th highest number of deaths per thousand drivers. 9. Texas: Tragically for Texas it has the highest percentage of deaths coming from drunk drivers at 40% and yet it is in the better half of states for DUI arrests. 10. Nevada: This is the 3rd worst state for traffic and speeding tickets as well as being the 17th worst state for DUIs. Source: SmartAsset ARE WOMEN WORSE DRIVERS THAN MEN? Women are far more likely to fail their driving tests than men, new figures have revealed. According to 2014/15 government statistics, women are less likely to pass their test at the first attempt than their male counterparts whether they are aged 17 or 50. But bosses at the Automobile Association believe females have much better appreciation of road safety once they have passed compared to men. According to government statistics from 2014/15, a 17-year-old girl is seven percent less likely to pass her first test than a boy of the same age. This figure increases as the years go on to 15 per cent for a 20-year-old woman, 25 per cent for a 20-year-old, 41 per cent for a 35-year-old woman and 50 per cent for a woman aged 50. It comes as AA research found women are four times more likely to admit their partner is a better driver than them. Some 28 percent of female motorists accept that their other half is more proficient behind the wheel compared to just 7 percent of men. A total of 37 percent of women claim they are the one who is more careful, while 13 percent believe that applies to their partner. Only 16 per cent of men accept that their partner is safer than they are, however. Some may be wondering where New Jersey ranks on the list, as it’s believed to have some of the worst drivers in the country. But according to SmartAsset’s study the Garden State comes in fourth with its poor rankings fueled mostly by number of deaths with 0.62, which is a distant third-place from Mississippi’s 0.29. Another state with a reputation for bad drivers, has found redemption with this new study. Massachusetts was listed as 48 on the list, because motorists there lead the nation in insured rates. Delaware (fifth) and Vermont (seventh) joined New Jersey from the east coast. And even though Delaware as the lowest DUI rates per driver than the Garden State, it has the most deaths - 40% of deaths occurred when the driver was above the legal limit for drinking. Whereas Vermont was found the leader in the nation for DUIs per driver with 50 per thousand drivers. Only 20 percent of the drivers in Tennessee are insured, making it one of the leased insured states in the US, however they are in the better half of the country for DUI per thousand drivers at 5.7. The Lone Star state makes the top 10 list as well, coming in at ninth place, with the highest percentage of deaths coming from drunk drivers at 40% and yet it is in the better half of states for DUI arrests. And last on the list is Nevada, which was found to be the third worst state for traffic and speeding tickets and the 17th worst for DUIs – but 88 percent of Nevada drivers are insured.