Houstonians can add another volley to their rivalry with Dallas: Big D has worse drivers than Houston. But not by much.
In fact, a rcent survey shows Houston and Dallas have nearly the same rankings in DUI’s, crashes and tickets, though Dallas drivers are more apt to speed. Those are among findings of QuoteWizard Insurance, which researched Texas drivers in comparison with other states
— and with each other.
The national comparisons look especially good, showing that drivers of Texas’ 8.5 million registered vehicles are the 20th best group in America and beat the national average. But within the Lone Star State itself are the good, the bad and the crash-prone ugly.
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Suburbs Sink in Survey Stats
Among 20 Texas cities surveyed, Dallas ranked 9th and Houston 11th for the worst drivers — not much for Space City to crow about. With Austin 5th and San Antonio 7th, larger cities had four of the top 11 spots. (Fort Worth drivers, bless their hearts, were 4th best overall.)
Then came the suburbs — where drivers in the seemingly peaceful Houston-area town of Pearland are not so peachy. In fact, they’re the worst, the survey says.
Pearland drivers ranked tops in crashes and were second in DUI rates and second in the rate of receiving tickets, after Round Rock and Odessa. Offsetting some of their other transgressions, Pearland drivers were in the middle of the rankings for speeding tickets.
Dallas’ suburbs didn’t fare well, either. Irving was second to Pearland in crashes, followed by Plano, which also sped up the ranks for speeding tickets. Overall, Irving drivers were worse than Dallas drivers in every category.
Panhandle Cities Handle Driving
But not all news is bad. Which city has Texas’ best drivers? Amarillo, according to the survey. Its residents have fewer crashes, speeding tickets, DUI arrests and other types of citations than any other Texas city.
Among Amarillo’s Panhandle neighbors, Texas Tech University in Lubbock had the best drivers of the state’s major universities, Lubbock drivers ranked well for speeding and Abilene had an even more snail-worthy low rank for speeding.
In fact, Amarillo, Abilene and Lubbock ranked 1, 2 and 3 for the state’s best drivers overall. There must be something in the Panhandle’s water.
Even so, drivers in sparsely populated West Texas had the best overall ranking of any region. Who knew that Big Bend’s wild country could be so civilized?
Hear that, city folks? Well, hear it loudly in Austin, where there are limits to the city’s local-color motto to “Keep Austin Weird” — especially if “weird” means driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The survey shows our capital city has Texas’ most DUI arrests — a sobering thought.
Note to partying Longhorns and legislators: There are limits.
If you’re miffed at your city’s rankings and disbelieve them, you can take heart that QuoteWizard Insurance did not conduct a terribly scientific survey. Rather, its data came strictly from those using its website. And in computing percentages, it only took certain factors into account: DUI’s, speeding tickets, overall tickets and total accidents.
Drive Safely — and Get Jim Adler
Surveys aside, we all should dedicate ourselves to driving more safely — and helping our cities rank better in the next rankings. After all, no city wants to be known as having the worst drivers in Texas.
Do you, Pearland?
But whether you’re among lead-footed drivers in Dallas or slow-crawlers in the Panhandle, take it upon yourself to drive safely. And if someone hits your car and hurts you, don’t become a statistic: Contact Jim “The Texas Hammer” Adler
for help in making your injury claim.