Georgia Among the Best States for Drivers

For many, driving in America can often be a unique experience, with some states easier and safer to drive in than others. 

But where about does Georgia rank among the best states to drive, and how does it compare across a series of common driving factors?

Analyzing and ranking each state according to a range of factors — including the number of license holders, the driving test pass rate, and the number of insured drivers on the roads — we’ve been able to reveal America’s top states to drive in.

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Georgia is One of the Safest States for Drivers

Comparing driving data across each U.S. region, we can reveal that Georgia places 14th among the safest states to drive in, with an overall index score of 49.76 out of 80. 

The state performs particularly impressively for the average cost of gas, with a gallon typically costing just $4.18. In fact, no other state has cheaper gas, with nearby Alabama ($4.26), Tennessee ($4.29), and Florida ($4.41) each charging more.

Additionally, drivers in Georgia can only earn their full license once they turn 18 — although you only need to be 15 years old to apply for your learners permit.

Taking the top spot overall, however, is Delaware which records an index score of 59.2. Impressively, Delaware can also claim the highest rate of driving license holders (82.24%), second fewest DUIs per 100,000 drivers, and the joint-oldest age to apply for a learners permit (16). 

Meanwhile, Maryland ranks second (58.4), ahead of Virginia (57.94), which has the highest pass rate of all U.S. states for ‘the knowledge’ (86%) — the theoretical element of the standard driving test — followed by the East Coast foursome Massachusetts (57.93), Connecticut (57.5), New Jersey (55.5), and Rhode Island (52.9). 

In eighth, Arizona records an index score of 52.6, helped along by having the highest average number of clear days annually (193, more than half the year) and third-highest rate of driving license holders (77.79%). 

Following closely behind, Pennsylvania (52.2) and Nebraska (51.2) complete the top 10, while Ohio (50.9) and Missouri (50.4) just miss out. Next up, New Hampshire (50.1) and Illinois (49.75) round out the 15 safest states to drive in. 

At the other end of the table, however, Alaska is considered the most dangerous state to drive in, due in part to the low average number of clear days — just 61, more than only West Virginia (60), Washington (58), and Vermont (58) — as well as the fact drivers can apply for their learners permit at age 14. 

What Are Your Odds of Driving in Georgia?

We’ve compared the safest states to drive in according to an array of common factors, but where does Georgia rank when comparing the odds of becoming an eligible driver?

With moneyline odds of -222, the chance of passing your driving test in Georgia is stronger than in almost half of U.S. states, including Mississippi (-214), Kentucky (-178), and Texas (-144). 

However, curiously, the odds are more favorable in nearby Alabama (-392), South Carolina (-298), Florida (-247), and Tennessee (-227), while Delaware tops the list as the region with the greatest odds of all (-463).

Meanwhile, your chances of coming across an uninsured driver are strongest in Florida (+275), Mississippi (+322), and Louisiana (+355), with Georgia ranking 24th among all US states with odds of +733.

Comparing data across the U.S., it’s interesting to see how Georgia ranks among the safest states for drivers — and which regions’ roads are considered the most perilous! 

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For this campaign, two datasets have been created. The first ranks U.S. states based on how good they are for driving. The second looks at the moneyline odds of having a license and the odds of not being insured.

The driving index considers nine different factors. All U.S. states were ranked and given an index value between 0 and 10. These values were then summed to provide a total score for each state, which were then ranked. The factors are as follows:

• License holders — The percentage of the total population with a full drivers license. 
• Knowledge test pass mark — The percentage of total marks required to pass the driving knowledge test. 
• Percentage of insured drivers — The percentage of drivers who are insured. 
• DUIs per 100,000 drivers — The number of DUIs handed out per 100,000 drivers. Normalized by giving a high score to a low value, and a low score to a high value.
• Road deaths per 100,000 people — The number of road deaths per 100,000 people. Normalized by giving a high score to a low value, and a low score to a high value. 
• Gas prices — The average price of a gallon of gas. Normalized by giving a high score to a low value, and a low score to a high value. 
• Clear days — The average number of days annually when cloud covers at most 30% of the sky during daylight hours. 
• Age for learners permit — The minimum age required to get a learners permit. 
• Age for full license — The minimum age required to get a full license. 

The most recent data available was used where possible. All data is correct as of Oct. 17, 2022.

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