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The Top 10 Safest States to Drive In the United States

lady driverWith a total of 32,367 traffic fatalities in the United States during the last full year of statistical records (2011), it’s really no wonder that traffic safety and having a decently safe driving experience wherever you live is something deeply important for you and your family.

Now, while there are numerous ways to improve your chances of avoiding car accidents with others who share the road with you, one easy fundamental step in the direction of keeping yourself statistically safer is to simply live in one of the 10 states that are considered to be the least dangerous for drivers.

One problem with ranking states in terms of safety lies in the fact that while a given state might be well ranked, the situation from city to city and along highways can vary widely. Thus, while there is some variation and debate on how to measure traffic safety in the following states, the following locations can generally be considered safer based on statistics taken from their highway and overall traffic records.

The following 10 states are all ranked based on deaths per 100 million vehicle miles and on fatalities per mile of highway as some of the safest for those of us who love using our cars as much as we can.

Here are the best places to take your family on a road trip:

1. Utah

As a very large mostly empty chunk of land whose population is almost entirely centered around Salt Lake City, Utah leaves plenty of well maintained federal highways open to relatively sparse traffic. The effect of this is some very safe highways with little congestion to cause severe accidents and fatalities.

However, Utah’s annual rate of traffic fatalities is still higher than one would think given the above. In part this is likely due to often freezing late year conditions and plenty of wildlife moving near traffic areas.

2. Connecticut

Though it may not seem like it, Connecticut has one major thing in common with Utah: the vast majority of itsdriving around population is concentrated in urban zones. However, the highways are heavy with plenty of vehicle traffic. Yet despite this, it’s easily one of the safest states in the country. An excellent highway and roadway infrastructure combined with very strict driving laws (and punishments) seems to be working well in this densely populated state.

3. Michigan

Despite poor funding for road maintenance and construction, it seems that Michigan is doing extremely well in terms of road safety. Not only are traffic fatalities extremely infrequent, but drivers also have a strong tendency towards paying attention to seat belt regulations.

4. Minnesota

High quality highways and high levels of federal transport funding make Minnesota a strong performer mainly in terms of highway safety. However, urban driving fatalities work to reduce the state’s safety record somewhat.

5. Iowa

At least in terms of highway safety, Iowa is an absolutely excellent traffic safety performer. However, if all roadway fatalities get taken into consideration, the state does could rank a bit more poorly.

6. Alaska

Vast, sparsely populated Alaska has few highways, few cities and little in the way of heavy highway traffic. These factors seem to make it a relatively safe place for drivers. Oddly, the terrible winter weather conditions don’t seem to raise fatalities as much as might be expected.

7. Maine

Maine’s population is very small relative to the rest of its Northeastern neighbors and most of the state’s residents live in a few not too large cities. Outside these urban areas, much of the landscape is pure wilderness. Thus, highways are mostly congestion free and the two major cities, Bangor and Portland have strong public transportation networks.

9. New Hampshire

Having some of the lowest vehicle insurance rates in the United States, New Hampshire is sparsely populated, threaded with excellent roads and frequently interspaced small towns and cities. However these factors influence vehicle safety, the bottom line is that this is one of the absolute safest states in the U.S for drivers.

10. Massachusetts

The absolute safest state in terms of fatalities in the country, Massachusetts is the fourth New England state on our list. It seems that driving in this general region of the United States is a lot safer than other parts of the country.

Despite the good record of these state’s driving conditions, there are many traffic fatalities each year all over the country. Accidents can happen for any number of reasons but experts say to be mindful when you’re on the road.

Companies like LWG Consulting actively reconstructing accidents to report a number of things and ultimately that data can be used to make the roads in America a safer place. Until then, buckle up, put your hands on 10 and 2, and keep an eye out. Safe travels!

Stephan Jukic

Stephan Jukic

Stephan Jukic is a freelance writer who generally covers a variety of subjects relating to the accident analysis, digital forensics, mobile technology, marketing tech and digital security. He also loves to read and write about location-free business, portable business management and finance. When not busy writing or consulting on technology and digital security, he spends his days enjoying life’s adventures either in Canada or Mexico. Connect with Stephan on Google+ and LinkedIn.
3 Comments
  1. Maine kills 19 people for every 100,000 miles driven, and Massachusetts kills 1 person for every 100.000 miles driven.

    How is Maine safer than Massachusetts, OR for that matter any other New England State where the fatality figures are all lower?

    The answer is it is not.

    • The figures are not in order. Only the safest states to drive in. That is all. Thx for your input!