This Is the Worst Place in the U.S. to Drive This Summer

A new driving report also reveals the worst day to road trip

Distracted driving
Most drivers think other drivers are making the roads unsafe (Photo: pxhere / Creative Commons)

Here’s another reason not to head to the Hamptons this summer, besides the crowds, high rent and general ire of the locals: The roads aren’t safe.

That’s one conclusion reached by Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), a company that provides actionable insights and behavioral analytics of drivers to insurance companies, in their 100 Deadliest Days of Summer Driving report. The new report analyzed data collected from both hundreds of millions of real-world drivers and consumer research conducted in May of this year.

Turns out 55 percent of drivers speed in the Hamptons during the summer. On the other end, cities like San Antonio, Wichita and Austin see less than a third of their drivers going over the limit. 

Some other key findings from the report:

  • The most congested holiday driving day is the Fourth of July, when 41.4 million Americans will hit the road
  • The deadliest driving day, however, is Memorial Day (though most drivers think it’s New Year’s Eve)
  • 21 percent of drivers admit to using their driving seat as their makeshift desk
  • 30 percent of drivers admit to on-the-road texting
  • The most distracted drivers? They’re in Boston, Miami, New York and Rhode Island, based on the length of their admitted distractions
  • The most dangerous people on the road, based on speeding, hard-braking and distracted drivers? Rhode Island, Florida, Louisiana, Hawaii and Connecticut.

One thing that’ll unite drivers? The terribleness of other drivers. A whopping 87% of drivers agreed with the statement that “others” drive badly during the summer holiday season. 

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