After January’s Snowjam and the follow-up February smash hit, Snowjam II “Electric Boogaloo,” it would be easy to think Georgia drivers are the worst in the nation.
You’d be wrong.
Compared to our Southern peers — who, like us, hate ice as much as the depressed Zamboni driver at Philips Arena loves it — we are pretty good.
Nationally, however, Georgians rank as the 14th worst drivers, according to stats compiled by CarInsuranceComparison.com. To compile the list, the website looked at fatalities per mile driven and the number of traffic tickets handed out for drunk driving, careless driving and other offenses.
Our immediate Southern neighbors are all much better at bad driving than us. The worst-driving states are all from the South — Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Missouri round out the top 8.
Tennessee is ranked 13th and Arkansas, admitted to the SEC only recently, ranked 17th.
So, I think it is fair to say Southerners, despite our proud NASCAR heritage, aren’t that good behind the wheel.
Georgia seems to have more fatalities than we should, probably because of our much-beloved Interstates.
If you look deeper into the stats, it appears Georgians are No. 2 at getting traffic tickets, but the methodology is questionable.
Yankee drivers are best — Vermont was No. 1 followed by Utah, New Hampshire, and some other states you probably shouldn’t visit in winter.
The next time it snows and someone from north of Memphis tells you you don’t know how to drive, listen to them.
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