In January of 2023, I told you the Stamford corridor of I-95 was nationally recognized for it's highway congestion.

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Just a few months later, I'm delivering more bad news for CT roadways. Hartford drivers were recently labeled as some of America's worst, landing at #15 on the list. New York, NY was recognized as having America's Best Drivers.

The study was conducted by Clever Move who examined data on the 50 most-populous U.S. metro areas. The information was pulled from a variety of national sources, including National Highway Traffic Highway Safety Administration. They weighed and studied the following metrics:

  • Average annual traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents from 2014-2020
  • Average annual alcohol-related traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents from 2014-2020
  • Days of precipitation per year
  • Average annual vehicle insurance premiums in the state
  • Allstate’s best drivers rank
  • Percentage of uninsured drivers in the state
  • Google Trends for “DUI”
  • Auto repair shops per 100,000 residents

These are the Americans cities listed as having the country's worst drivers:

1 - Jacksonville, FL

2 - Louisville, KY

3 - Orlando, FL

4 - Tampa, FL

5 - Nashville, TN

6 - Memphis, TN

7 - Riverside, CA

8 - New Orleans, LA

9 - Birmingham, AL

10 - Sacramento, CA

11 - Oklahoma City, OK

12 - Columbus, OH

13 - Kansas City, MO

14 - Atlanta, GA

15 - Hartford, CT

The data analysis didn't stand alone, according to Clever Move a poll of 1,000 American drivers named Hartford the #10 city for bad drivers. Hard data mixed with human opinion, makes a dirty bad driver salad.

For their more detailed breakdown, Clever Move had this to say of Hartford drivers:

"The New England area seems to have a reputation for aggressive drivers who don’t follow the rules of the road. Boston, for example, has been on more than one list ranking it as the worst city for drivers. Yet, surprisingly, Americans are twice as likely to think Hartford drivers (17%) are worse than those in Boston (8%).

Like most of America’s oldest cities, Hartford’s streets weren’t planned with modern vehicular traffic in mind. The roads are narrow and crowded, which can reduce visibility and increase the risk of sideswipes and head-on collisions. 

With all the pedestrians and cyclists on the road, as well as frequent wet weather, the conditions in Hartford can be challenging for even the best drivers." 

Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, USA during autumn.
Sean Pavone


  • 80% of Americans think they are a good driver.
  • Data shows Florida is the worst state for bad drivers.
  • California is the most polarizing state in America for bad drivers. The opinion poll has 6 California cities listed as having the best drivers and 5 California cities cited as having the worst drivers.

Don't feel bad Hartford. I live in Danbury, CT and if we had enough residents to qualify for this study, the Hat City would have been a runaway number 1.

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