Most Dangerous States to Drive

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50. Massachusetts
> Road deaths per 100,000:
4.9
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 326
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 75%

With 4.9 deaths on the road for every 100,000 residents, Massachusetts is the safest state in the country to drive in. Across the country, drivers are more likely to get into deadly accidents on rural roads than on urban ones. In the nation’s safest state for driving, just 5% of all driving is done in rural areas. Such a small portion of rural driving may account for Massachusetts rank as the safest place to drive.

49. New York
> Road deaths per 100,000:
6.1
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 1,199
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 91%

There are 6.1 deaths on the road for every 100,000 state residents in 2013, making New York one of the safest states in which to drive in the country. Vehicle occupants in New York tend to have better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 91% of New York residents choose to buckle up.

Drivers are more prone to get into deadly accidents on rural roads than on urban ones. Just 25% of all driving in New York is done in rural areas. The corresponding national share is 32%.

48. New Jersey
> Road deaths per 100,000:
6.1
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 542
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 91%

With 6.1 deaths on the road for every 100,000, New Jersey is one of the safest states in the country to drive in. Vehicle occupants in New Jersey tend to have better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 91% of New Jersey residents choose to buckle up.

Deadly accidents tend to occur more on rural roads than they do on urban ones. In New Jersey, just 6% of all driving is done in rural areas. Such a small portion of rural driving may account for New Jersey being one of the safest states to drive in.

47. Rhode Island
> Road deaths per 100,000:
6.2
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 65
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 86%

With 6.2 deaths for every 100,000 residents, fatal accidents on Rhode Island roads are much less common in they are across the United States, where the corresponding rate is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents. Despite fewer deaths per person, drivers in Rhode Island have slightly worse habits on the road than residents nationwide. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 86% of Rhode Island residents choose to buckle up.

Drivers are more prone to get into deadly accidents on rural roads than on urban ones. Just 12% of all driving in Rhode Island is done in rural areas, which may be one of the reasons the state is one of the safest to drive.

46. Washington
> Road deaths per 100,000:
6.3
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 436
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 95%

With 6.3 deaths on the road for every 100,000 residents, Washington is one of the safest states in the country to drive. Vehicle occupants in Washington have demonstrably better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 95% of Washington residents choose to buckle up.

The kinds of roads Washington residents tend to drive on also likely contributed to a low fatality rate. Urban roads are safer than rural roads and only 27% of all driving in Washington takes place in rural areas. Nationally, 32% of all driving is rural.