Utah ranks among Top 10 for worst drivers in US

Oct 27, 2021, 1:05 PM | Updated: 1:05 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — What state would you say has the worst drivers in the country? Some would say California or New York — and then there’s Utah.

According to crash numbers from the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah sees upwards of 60,000 crashes on its roads and freeways every year. However, we’re actually on pace to hit below that five-year average — right now, around 57,000.

But here’s the concerning part: As of the last week of October, Utah is on pace to have the worst year for injuries — more than 19,000 by the end of December. That’s 1,300 more than the average.

2021 could be the deadliest year as well with more than 300 fatalities — the five-year average is under 270.

These are just some of the reasons QuoteWizard ranked Utah as having the sixth-worst drivers in the country, based on a few simple metrics.

“Accidents, DUI, speeding and then citations,” said Nick VinZant with Quote Wizard. “Citations can include anything from texting and driving to not signaling when you’re making a left turn. What we found with the pandemic is that states that really seemed to suddenly become a lot worse were the more wide-open states.”

Utah certainly has a lot of those wide-open spaces to make bad driving decisions.

Have you heard of midwestern hospitality? VinZant said apparently, that doesn’t translate behind the wheel as Iowa took the top spot for the nation’s worst drivers.

Last year Utah and Iowa were listed 22nd and 23rd worst, respectfully. So the Beehive State has fallen faster than most states.

Keep in mind that the 2021 statistics are projections for our current pace.

Utah drivers can turn the tide if they commit to being safe when heading out to drive across our beautiful state because as of right now, there are too many people getting hurt and dying on Utah’s roads.

On average, 50 people get hurt every day and five people die each week due to crashes.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Salt Lake Police released body camera footage of an incident with Salt Lake Police and Megan Joyce ...
Cary Schwanitz

Death of woman in Salt Lake police custody ruled a homicide, under investigation

The death of a woman restrained by four Salt Lake police officers in January is under investigation by the department’s officer involved critical incident protocol.
1 day ago
(KSL TV)...
Ladd Egan

Economists: Wage growth remains strong but can’t match inflation

The good news is that the upward pressure on wages is expected to continue for a while, the bad news is that the pay increases aren’t enough to match inflation, according to economists with Wells Fargo.
1 day ago
New mom Michelle Jackson had problems breastfeeding little Jason so she called a lactation consulta...
Ayanna Likens

Some moms struggle with breastfeeding, here are some helpful tips

August is breastfeeding awareness month, and for some mothers who want to breastfeed, it doesn’t come easy. Intermountain Healthcare shares some tips on how to help.
1 day ago
Organizers gathered enough school supplies to fill 5,000 backpacks for Utah's refugee children. (KS...
Mike Anderson

How you can help Utah’s refugee children with school supplies

Thousands of refugee children in Utah now have new backpacks filled with all the essentials for their first day of school.
1 day ago
ksl+ kindergarten 08/11/22...
Matt Rascon

KSL+: The push for full-day kindergarten in Utah

Eighty-two percent of the nation’s kindergarten children participate in full-day kindergarten.
1 day ago
(Utah Fire Info/Twitter)...
Madison Swenson

Lightning sparks wildfire near Vernal

Crews are responding to a new lightning-caused wildfire on Blue Mountain, about 20 miles east of Vernal.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Utah ranks among Top 10 for worst drivers in US