Worst and worster

I take issue with this particular conclusion:

It’s been confirmed — Floridians are the worst drivers in the U.S.

SmartAsset, a personal finance company, conducted a study looking at the number of drivers in each state, DUI arrests, people killed, percentage of insured drivers, and Google trends for speeding tickets.

So what put Florida at the top of the ranking?

Floridians have the second lowest number of insured drivers in the nation at just 76.2 percent. We also Google about speeding and traffic tickets, a lot. In fact, we conduct more searches than any other state in the U.S.

Here’s where I demur. Number Three Oklahoma’s insured percentage is 74.1, worse than Florida’s. We have a 70-percent higher DUI-arrest rate, and a 60-percent higher death rate on the highways. What keeps us out of the Number One slot is, apparently, fewer Googlers. I suggest that there’s something a tad screwy about this methodology.

(In between Florida and Oklahoma: Mississippi. Well, yeah. Just look at the map.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 August 2016 · 10:49 am

    Maybe Florida got bonus points for all the bizarre “Florida Man” (or “Florida Woman” stories – I remember one of a woman who was doing, ahem, “ladyscaping” while driving, which I can’t quite imagine)

    But yeah, I know I’ve griped about local drivers and their fondness for drinking the Stupid Water.

  2. Roger Green »

    6 August 2016 · 12:27 pm

    Well, I’ve spent little time in OK and MS, but Florida drivers, in my experience, are terrible. Worse than Boston drivers. Not as bad as Tijuana drivers, though.

  3. ETat »

    6 August 2016 · 5:54 pm

    What, all NY Chinese grocery van-drivers moved to FL en mass?

  4. Chuck Pergiel »

    7 August 2016 · 6:17 pm

    The problem with lists of the bestest and worstest is they don’t tell you have much better or worser one is than another. I suspect Florida’s ranking in this pole could be caused by one lead foot, whiskey guzzlin’, pill poppin’ Billy Bob, who, as we speak, is sideswiping his way to the Georgia border, whereupon Georgia will move to the top of the list.

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