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Why Colorado Is One of the Worst States for Drivers

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Number 1: North Dakota
Safety score: 5.1
Cost score: 17.1
Driving quality score: 18
Total score: 41.2

Number 2: Iowa
Safety score: 5.5
Cost score: 18.15
Driving quality score: 17.2
Total score: 40.85

Number 3: Ohio
Safety score: 7
Cost score: 20.1
Driving quality score: 11.6
Total score: 38.7

Number 4: Minnesota
Safety score: 7.8
Cost score: 15.6
Driving quality score: 15
Total score: 38.4

Number 5: Nebraska
Safety score: 4.9
Cost score: 15.3
Driving quality score: 17
Total score: 37.2

Number 6: Indiana
Safety score: 6.1
Cost score: 15.9
Driving quality score: 14.4
Total score: 36.4

Number 7: Kansas
Safety score: 3.4
Cost score: 15.75
Driving quality score: 16
Total score: 35.15

Number 8: Wyoming
Safety score: 6.7
Cost score: 8.7
Driving quality score: 19.2
Total score: 34.6

Number 9 (tie): South Dakota
Safety score: 5.8
Cost score: 12.15
Driving quality score: 16.4
Total score: 34.35

Number 9 (tie): Vermont
Safety score: 9.5
Cost score: 15.45
Driving quality score: 9.4
Total score: 34.35

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Number 11: Wisconsin
Safety score: 7.2
Cost score: 17.55
Driving quality score: 9
Total score: 33.75

Number 12: Idaho
Safety score: 5.2
Cost score: 12.75
Driving quality score: 15
Total score: 32.95

Number 13: New Hampshire
Safety score: 8.2
Cost score: 17.55
Driving quality score: 6.8
Total score: 32.55

Number 14: Maine
Safety score: 8
Cost score: 15.75
Driving quality score: 8.6
Total score: 32.35

Number 15: North Carolina
Safety score: 5.9
Cost score: 13.65
Driving quality score: 11
Total score: 30.55

Number 16: Tennessee
Safety score: 2.9
Cost score: 14.25
Driving quality score: 12.6
Total score: 29.75

Number 17: Missouri
Safety score: 2.8
Cost score: 16.5
Driving quality score: 10.2
Total score: 29.5

Number 18: Utah
Safety score: 5.3
Cost score: 9.3
Driving quality score: 14.4
Total score: 29

Number 19: Virginia
Safety score: 8.5
Cost score: 14.1
Driving quality score: 6.2
Total score: 28.8

Number 20: Kentucky
Safety score: 2.7
Cost score: 10.35
Driving quality score: 15.6
Total score: 28.65

Number 21: Arkansas
Safety score: 2.6
Cost score: 13.2
Driving quality score: 12.8
Total score: 28.6

Number 22: Alabama
Safety score: 2.5
Cost score: 13.65
Driving quality score: 12
Total score: 28.15

Number 23: Illinois
Safety score: 7
Cost score: 12.9
Driving quality score: 7.4
Total score: 27.3

Number 24: Arizona
Safety score: 2.5
Cost score: 14.1
Driving quality score: 10.6
Total score: 27.2

Number 25 (tie): Montana
Safety score: 2.6
Cost score: 6.9
Driving quality score: 17.6
Total score: 27.1

Number 25 (tie): Oklahoma
Safety score: 2.3
Cost score: 14.4
Driving quality score: 10.4
Total score: 27.1

Number 27: Oregon
Safety score: 2.1
Cost score: 8.7
Driving quality score: 15.2
Total score: 26

Number 28: Michigan
Safety score: 6.1
Cost score: 9.45
Driving quality score: 10.2
Total score: 25.75

Number 29 (tie): Mississippi
Safety score: 3.9
Cost score: 12.75
Driving quality score: 8.4
Total score: 25.05

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Number 29 (tie): South Carolina
Safety score: 1.3
Cost score: 13.95
Driving quality score: 9.8
Total score: 25.05

Number 31: Alaska
Safety score: 0.5
Cost score: 10.35
Driving quality score: 13.8
Total score: 24.65

Number 32: New Mexico
Safety score: 1.4
Cost score: 13.2
Driving quality score: 9.4
Total score: 24

Number 33: Pennsylvania
Safety score: 7.2
Cost score: 12.3
Driving quality score: 4.2
Total score: 23.7

Number 34: West Virginia
Safety score: 4.8
Cost score: 10.95
Driving quality score: 7.8
Total score: 23.55

Number 35: Delaware
Safety score: 6.5
Cost score: 8.4
Driving quality score: 8.6
Total score: 23.5

Number 36: Massachusetts
Safety score: 9.5
Cost score: 12.45
Driving quality score: 1.4
Total score: 23.35

Number 37: Nevada
Safety score: 2.5
Cost score: 5.7
Driving quality score: 15
Total score: 23.2

Number 38: Florida
Safety score: 3.6
Cost score: 7.2
Driving quality score: 10.6
Total score: 21.4

Number 39: Georgia
Safety score: 3.8
Cost score: 6.75
Driving quality score: 10.8
Total score: 21.35

Number 40: Texas
Safety score: 3.4
Cost score: 12.3
Driving quality score: 4.8
Total score: 20.5

Number 41: Louisiana
Safety score: 2.8
Cost score: 10.35
Driving quality score: 6.2
Total score: 19.35

Number 42: New York
Safety score: 9.4
Cost score: 5.85
Driving quality score: 3.8
Total score: 19.05

Number 43: Colorado
Safety score: 3.2
Cost score: 7.35
Driving quality score: 8
Total score: 18.55

Number 44: Rhode Island
Safety score: 8.9
Cost score: 4.2
Driving quality score: 5.4
Total score: 18.5

Number 45: Maryland
Safety score: 7
Cost score: 7.05
Driving quality score: 4.2
Total score: 18.25

Number 46; Washington
Safety score: 5.7
Cost score: 7.5
Driving quality score: 4.6
Total score: 17.1

Number 47: New Jersey
Safety score: 8.8
Cost score: 6.15
Driving quality score: 1.8
Total score: 16.75

Number 48: Connecticut
Safety score: 6.8
Cost score: 2.55
Driving quality score: 5.6
Total score: 14.95

Number 49: Hawaii
Safety score: 3.8
Cost score: 5.1
Driving quality score: 2.6
Total score: 11.5

Number 50: California
Safety score: 3.6
Cost score: 1.8
Driving quality score: 1
Total score: 6.4

Methodology

"The 2018 Bankrate Best State for Drivers Study was compiled using seven measures related to cost, safety and driving quality. We used the most recently available data for all 50 states from government sources, research organizations and industry groups. For our analysis, we gave cost a 45 percent weighting, driving quality a 35 percent weighting and safety a 20 percent weighting.

"Traffic fatality data was obtained through the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS); vehicle theft data was obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2017 Crime in the United States report; average cost of parts and labor was provided by CarMD.com through the 2018 CarMD Index; gas prices were provided by GasPrices.AAA.com; auto insurance premiums data was obtained through Insure.com; commute times were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau; and road condition data was provided by TRIP."
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