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St. Louis drivers named 2nd best in the country

While drivers in the area might be surprised by the latest list, what could be even more shocking is the city almost claimed the top spot

ST. LOUIS — Have you ever driven up Interstate 270 or down Manchester Road during rush hour? Or tried to navigate one-way streets downtown after a Cardinals game? Maybe you’ve had a close call with a driver who didn’t exactly stop at that four-way stop sign.

If you ever found yourself in any of those situations you probably wouldn’t say St. Louis drivers are exactly safe. But a new study disagrees.

Analysts at QuoteWizard said St. Louis drivers are some of the best in the country, ranking the city No. 2 in a new study.

QuoteWizard, which is a Lending Tree company that helps users compare car insurance quotes and companies, used four key metrics to determine overall driver quality.

  • Accidents
  • Speeding tickets
  • DUIs
  • Citations (running a red light, using a cellphone while driving, etc.)

The site compared 2020 data from 70 of the largest cities in America. Not only did St. Louis claim the second-best spot, QuoteWizard said the city was nearly declared as having the best drivers in America, coming in just behind Birmingham, Alabama, which ranked No. 1.

“Meet me in St. Louis for some good driving. This Missouri city was so close to taking the number-one spot. Only one point separates St. Louis from Birmingham when it comes to the number of speeding tickets, driving citations and DUIs. The only ranking St. Louis is really behind Birmingham is in its lead foot: St. Louis had significantly more speeding tickets than Birmingham,” QuoteWizard wrote in its study.

Midwestern and southern cities dominated the list of best drivers, while California was a repeat offender on the list of cities with the worst drivers.

Top 10 Best Driving Cities 2021

  1. Birmingham, Alabama
  2. St. Louis, Missouri
  3. Little Rock, Arkansas
  4. New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Memphis, Tennessee
  6. Louisville, Kentucky
  7. Detroit, Michigan
  8. Atlanta, Georgia
  9. Banton Route, Louisiana
  10. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Top 10 Worst Driving Cities 2021

  1. Omaha, Nebraska
  2. Riverside, California
  3. Bakersfield, California
  4. Columbus, Ohio
  5. Richmond, Virginia
  6. Fresno, California
  7. Sacramento, California
  8. Salt Lake City, Utah
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Baltimore, Maryland

You can see the full list of cities and read more about the methodology on QuoteWizard’s website.