Fort Worth is No. 2, but in this case, that’s not that bad.
Charlotte, North Carolina, has been rated the best city for drivers in the U.S. in a new ranking from car rental insurance website, Insuremyrentalcar.com.
The research analyzed the 20 most populous cities and ranked them based on the following criteria:
Number of traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents
Average increase in journey time due to traffic
Percentage of roads rated poor
Percentage of drivers with DUIs
Number of uninsured drivers
But little ol’ Fort Worth is No. 2. While it does well in four categories, the Fort Worth does have high road fatalities with 10 per 100,000 residents. Dallas has the highest fatality numbers in the top 10, with 10.8 road traffic deaths per 100,000 residents, compared to just 2.5 deaths per 100,000 residents in New York City.
Fort Worth is the first of three Texan cities to appear in this top ten. On most factors, the city recommends itself as a good driving location, according to the study. Traffic levels are comparatively low, with an average increase of 18% in journey times across 2018. Road surfaces are also good, with just one in five roads (21%) being rated bad.
Fort Worth was also rated:
Percentage of drivers with DUIs: 1.24%
Percentage of drivers in state with no insurance: 14.1%
Texas as a whole performed strongly in the rating, with four cities (Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston) appearing in the top ten.
Cities in California performed badly in the study. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose ranked 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th respectively, out of the 20 most populous cities in the country. Only Seattle scored lower.
Philadelphia was a surprise entry in the top ten. The city is well known for being home to one of America’s most dangerous roads, Roosevelt Boulevard. Across the city, however, fatalities are relatively low, at 6.2 per 100,000 residents. The city also performed well when it came to drivers with DUIs and uninsured motorists, having low numbers of both.