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Colorado drivers still among worst in the US

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- It's been two years since we reported on a study that found drivers in Colorado Springs and Denver are among the worst in the country, and we've got some good news and bad news.

The good news: Denver and Colorado Springs have moved down in rank on the list of bad drivers by city. The bad news is the state as a whole moved way up in ranking compared to other states.

According to QuoteWizard, which is the same site that conducted the 2019 survey, Denver is the 13th worst city in the country for bad drivers and Colorado Springs is 21st. In 2019, Denver ranked 8th and the Springs came in at 16th.

But it's not just the city slickers; the tire kickers in rural areas clearly aren't any better -- the state ranked third in the whole country for worst drivers. Colorado took the No. 8 spot in 2019.

So how did QuoteWizard figure out these rankings? It's based on driver quality from the 70 largest cities in America using millions of insurance quotes. QuoteWizard took data from those quotes to rank rates of incidents including accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations.

According to QuoteWizard, Denver and the Springs both ranked in the top 15 for DUIs, while Denver has noticeably more accidents than the Springs.

And for a slight bit of vindication for the Texans and Californians who will most likely be blamed for Colorado's rise in road woes: California ranked number 14 while Texas was listed at number 46.

Andrew McMillan

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  1. “And for a slight bit of vindication for the Texans and Californians who will most likely be blamed for Colorado’s rise in road woes . . .”
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    Funny how many people try to blame someone else for their own bad habits.

  2. Well Texas AND California both have drivers ed in high school….colorado does not, go figure.

    1. Yeah, you gotta wonder where some CO drivers buy their licenses. Absolutely no clue about the rules of the road (i.e. laws), driving like they’re in parking lots. Is that where they do their driving tests to get their license? It is in Maryland…testing in a parking lot.

  3. “It’s based on driver quality from the 70 largest cities in America using millions of insurance quotes. QuoteWizard took data from those quotes to rank rates of incidents including accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations.”
    I would be curious what insurance claims figure into this. If all claims do then Hail really would skew the results.

  4. Hmm I agree Lets see some common bonehead driver moves that happen ALL the time.
    -The left lane on a highway is not a right or privilege. It is a passing lane. If you are not going the speed limit you have no business being in the left lane just hanging out.
    -Don’t know traffic laws. Every power outage the news has to come on and remind everyone a dark intersection is a 4 way stop. People don’t know how to use a roundabout.
    -Texting or being using the phone while driving. I see so many people everyday swerving and can’t stay in their lane. Are they drunk??..?? Nope have their head down looking intently at their phone and not paying attention to the road.
    -Merging….. What is that crazy word???? SMH
    -Acceleration and deceleration lanes. You can use the whole length of the lane you don’t have to jump onto powers within 10 feet of turning onto it…..
    I have said it for many years. It is to easy to get a drivers license here.

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