Minnesotans ride high on list of nation's best drivers


Well, we don't lean on the horn for every transgression like they do out east, or lock down the cruise control at 85 miles per hour like they do out west.

But really? Minnesota drivers are some of the best in the nation?

That's not an opinion, according to a new report cited by WCCO: It's a fact.

The station's story quotes the the website carinsurancecomparison.com, which ranked Minnesota as having the nation's fourth-best drivers in the country. The ranking was determined by crunching numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. It analyzed data involving fatality rates, drunk driving, tickets, careless driving and seat belt usage.

In the Star Tribune, writer Kim Ode took a bit of a skeptical tone with the findings. She notes drivers who are new to Minnesota "can’t stop complaining about the way we drive."

But her story finds the rating makes sense to Brad Estochen of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s traffic safety division.

“In general, we’re pretty conservative drivers,” Estochen said. “We don’t have the aggression you might get on the East Coast, the swagger of a New York cabdriver. We’re a more passive type of driver.”

The Star Tribune story breaks down the evidence, which finds Minnesota in second place in the category of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. For careless driving, determined by pedestrian and bicyclist fatality rates per 100,000 residents, we’re the seventh-safest. And our seat belt use is almost 94 percent.

In the not-so-hot categories, Minnesota ranks 19th in drunken driving arrests and 26th for the number of speeding tickets per capita.

Topping the list of top drivers is the state of Vermont, followed by Utah and New Hampshire. The worst drivers in the country, according to the survey, are those in Louisiana.

Next Up

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.

CDC biohazard scientist health work

New clue may explain how rare tropical disease sickened Minnesotan

The disease, known as melioidosis, killed 2 people earlier this year.

Sen Mark Koran crop

MN lawmaker encourages donations for locals charged in Jan. 6 insurrection

"They are a good family!" Sen. Mark Koran wrote Friday.


Money Gal Coaching: Mastering the spiritual parts of money

Kelly Blodgett used her passion behind becoming debt free to launch Money Gal Coaching.

University of minnesota sign

U of M will now require proof that employees have been vaccinated for COVID

Previously, only students were required to be vaccinated.

Jim Hagedorn

Report reveals details about ethics investigation into Rep. Hagedorn

The congressman described the report's findings as "unfounded conclusions."


SkyWest cancels hundreds of flights due to server error

More than 80 have been canceled at MSP Airport.


First elk in more than 100 years spotted in parts of southern WI

The elk population was reintroduced to Wisconsin in recent decades.

grand marais

10 beautiful Minnesota cities to visit for outdoor adventures

These places are perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.