Key findings:

  • Ohio 8th worst driving state.
  • 18% of Ohio roads in poor condition costing drivers $544 annually.
  • Car insurance rates increasing 14% for Ohio drivers.
  • Painesville, Findlay and Batavia worst drivers in Ohio.
  • Portsmouth, Zanesville and Toledo best drivers in Ohio.

As a driver in Ohio, do you ever think to yourself that the drivers you share the roads with are the absolute worst? If you said yes, you’d be correct. Ohio regularly rates among the worst drivers in the country. All the factors we evaluated for the Ohio driver grade came from over 100,000 insurance quotes from users of Along with data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to score Ohio drivers. Factors in the driver report are based on the following:

  • Driver quality in cities
  • Distracted drivers
  • Driver quality by age group
  • Road infrastructure
  • Car insurance increases

Ohio Driver Grade: D-.  The low grade for Ohio drivers is really due to the 8th worst driver rating in the country. QuoteWizard’s annual best and worst driver study placed Ohio at 8th worst, which was down from 17th in 2016. The downward trend was the primary reason for the D- that could have teetered on an F.

Best and worst drivers in Ohio

To determine overall driver quality in Ohio, we analyzed driver quality in the states 50 largest cities who used to compare quotes. We then ranked the worst 10 and best 10 cities by the highest rate of incidents. Incidents include accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs and moving citations from that data. Cities with the highest rate of incidents were listed as the worst driving cities.

Worst driving cities in Ohio

Rank (worst) City
1 Painesville
2 Findlay
3 Batavia
4 Marion
5 Elyria
6 Bedford
7 Barberton
8 Sandusky
9 Massillon
10 Cuyahoga Falls

Best driving cities in Ohio

Rank (best) City
1 Portsmouth
2 Zanesville
3 Toledo
4 Youngstown
5 Sidney
6 Newark
7 Piqua
8 Wooster
9 Euclid
10 Fairfield

Ohio infrastructure rating

QuoteWizard conducted a study on America’s infrastructure and which states had the best and worst roads. We analyzed FHA data to rank states on road and bridge quality and found Ohio to be the 17th best for overall infrastructure. Rankings were a composite score of the following factors:

  • Roads in poor condition (%): Ohio 18%
  • Cost per motorist (due to roads in need of repair): Ohio $544
  • Bridges structurally deficient (%): Ohio 6%

Ohio ranked fairly well overall for infrastructure with solid scores across the board. 18% of roads in poor conditions is near the national average. The cost per motorist of $544 is also right near the national average. The real worry for Ohio is the only 4% of highway spending on road repairs. Lack of funding could catch up with road quality in the coming years.

Best and worst drivers by age group

ohio age group drivers

Most popular vehicles by age group

Millennials (24-39)

Average MSRP $22,732

Most popular Model MSRP
1 Focus $17,950
2 Fusion $23,170
3 Civic $19,750
4 F-150 $28,495
5 Camry $24,295

Gen X (40-55)

Average MSRP $22,502

Most popular Model MSRP
1 F-150 $28,495
2 Focus $17,950
3 Fusion $23,170
4 Equinox $23,800
5 Malibu $22,095

Baby boomers (56-76)

Average MSRP $21,806

Most popular Model MSRP
1 F-150 $28,495
2 Focus $17,950
3 Soul $17,490
4 Equinox $23,800
5 Camry $24,295

Car insurance getting more expensive in Ohio

No matter if you live in Ohio or not, car insurance is getting more expensive all the time. Ohio drivers experienced a 14% increase in car insurance from 2012 to 2016. The 14% can mean hundreds of dollars a year for some drivers. Luckily, the 14% increase was below the national average of increase.

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