Massachusetts Ranks #1 for Safest Drivers in New England & on Both Coasts

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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 · 3 min read
drivers seem to have a bad reputation—particularly the Boston area.
The city reportedly is tough for any driver, with a confusing road layout, as well as limited parking spacings, narrow and one-way streets with poorly marked turns, pedestrians and cyclists to watch out for, as well as constant construction that seems to get in the way.
For this and other reasons, people seem to think the state is full of rude and aggressive drivers.
But either Boston drivers don’t speak for the whole state, or the reputation is simply not true.
That’s because according to our data here at
, Massachusetts actually ranks No. 1 for safe driving out of states on both the east and west coasts.
Despite its reputation, Massachusetts drivers get fewer tickets than most other states.

Massachusetts has some of the best drivers

We reviewed more than 574,000
car insurance
quotes for drivers in all states on the east and west coasts, sourcing data from more than 1 million total customer quotes provided between July 2020 and July 2021.
In reviewing this data, we found that Massachusetts drivers are by far the best drivers in comparing states from the east and west coasts, with the least violations on average.
In fact, according to our data at Jerry, only 4% of Massachusetts drivers have violations, making the notoriously bad driving state a clear front runner among east and west coast states.
This number is way below the violations in other states we looked at.

How other states compare to Massachusetts

The next best drivers are from Connecticut, where 13% had violations. Other coastal New England states ranked as follows: Maine (19.8% had violations), Rhode Island (20.8%) and New Hampshire (24.4%).
Massachusetts also came out way ahead of other east coast states like New York, where 20% of drivers have violations.
The state also has much better numbers than the west coast states, according to the data. In California, 27% of drivers had violations, in Oregon the number was at 28% and in Washington it was 27%.
Interestingly, the states with the most driver violations out of the east and west coasts states were New Jersey and South Carolina, which tied at 37%.
From a country-wide perspective, our data indicates that 27% of all drivers in the U.S. have violations.
There wasn’t much of a difference in the types of violations between the states, with states on both the east and west coast most often being cited for speeding. New York was the exception, where the most popular violation was failure to obey traffic signs.

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