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Tennessee Among Top 10 Among Worst Drivers List In Nation According To Study

(WVLT/WTVY) -- This may be news to you - or confirmation - but a study finds Tennessee among the nation's top 10 states with the worst drivers.

SmartAsset, a financial advice tech company, came out with a study that found find of the to 10 states with the worst drivers are in the South, affiliate WTVY reported.

How did they arrive at this conclusion? By looking at four metrics:

1. Fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven, using 2016 data coming from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2. Arrests for driving under the influence per 1,000 drivers, using FBI numbers and data on number of drivers from the Department of Transportation.

3. Percent of insured drivers, from the Insurance Research Council's 2017 numbers.

4. Google Trends numbers over the last year on speeding tickets and traffic tickets.

Tennessee, at number two on the list, has low coverage rates for auto insurance. The study also said our state has elevated rates of DUIs fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Tennessee ranks fifth for percent of uninsured drivers, and, the study found, it ranks nineteenth for DUIs per thousand drivers and sixteenth for people killed per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

Other states in the South named in the survey are: Alabama, Florida and Mississippi, which tops out the list.