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Dallas and Fort Worth Among Top Cities With Worst Drivers, Says Ranking

Three of the top 15 cities with the worst drivers are located in Texas
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Forbes Advisor's recent study on driving behaviors in major U.S. cities highlights concerning trends regarding road safety. Analyzing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the study sheds light on cities where risky driving behaviors are prevalent. And they appear to be in Texas! 

Among the cities with the worst drivers, Albuquerque, New Mexico, takes the top spot, followed closely by Memphis, Tennessee, Detroit, Michigan, Tucson, Arizona and Kansas City, Missouri. Notably, three Texas cities — Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio — rank among the top 15, indicating significant challenges for drivers in the Lone Star State.

Dallas, ranking sixth overall, faces notable issues with drunk driving incidents and speeding-related fatalities. Fort Worth, securing the ninth spot, also struggles with drunk driving and distracted driving accidents.

Top 15 cities 

  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  2. Memphis, Tennessee
  3. Detroit, Michigan
  4. Tucson, Arizona
  5. Kansas City, Missouri
  6. Dallas, Texas
  7. Louisville, Kentucky
  8. Phoenix, Arizona
  9. Fort Worth, Texas
  10. Tampa, Florida
  11. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  12. San Antonio, Texas
  13. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  14. Jacksonville, Florida
  15. Charlotte, North Carolina

The study underscores the link between dangerous driving behaviors and insurance premiums. Reckless driving habits, including speeding and distracted driving, result in higher insurance rates, reflecting increased risk for insurers and drivers.