Yael T. Abouhalkah

No surprise here: Missouri drivers are 7th worst in nation

Updated: 2013-12-18T00:36:26Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

The facts are in, confirming what most people already know about Missouri motorists: They are terrible drivers.

The site CarComparison.com released a study showing Missouri tied for the 7th worst driving record in the United States.

What does that mean for many Missourians? They have to pay higher insurance rates to account for all the terrible drivers.

The figures listed were for five categories:

• Fatality rate (Missouri was 29th worst)

• Failure to obey traffic signals and use seat belts (48th worst)

• Drunk driving (41st worst)

• Tickets (41st worst)

• Careless driving (25th worst)

Across the state line, Kansas drivers were much better behaved, coming in at only 38th worst in the entire nation.

For Missouri’s bad motorists, what does all this mean besides having to pay higher insurance premiums?

The website provided an excellent summation:

“Of the 15 states with the best drivers, only four ranked in the bottom half for careless driving, meaning they were keeping an eye on the road ahead and their surroundings – NOT on their cellphones.

“The bottom line: Paying attention makes a big difference, and saves lives. If you want to be a responsible driver, get rid of the distractions and focus on your driving.”

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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