Many Georgian drivers who’ve made their way around Atlanta in rush hour know it’s among the worst traffic in the country. It actually ranks among the worst in the world, according to INRIX. And a high concentration of drivers on the road spells disaster when it comes to road incidents.
While Atlanta is only a small part of the state, Georgia has a higher than average rate of road fatalities. In 2017, GA saw 14.8 fatalities per 100,000 people compared to the national average of 11.4 fatalities. Car crashes are also on the rise statewide. Increasing 25% from 2008 to 2015.
But really, how bad are drivers in Georgia? A QuoteWizard study found ranked Georgia as the 15th worst state in the county when it comes to overall driver quality. A similar QuoteWizard study put Atlanta as the 26th worst driving city in America.
But where do Georgia’s worst drivers live? And on the other hand, where do the best drivers in the Peach State reside? Our study (full methodology below) uses over 200,000 data points on Georgia drivers to determine where the state’s best and worst driving cities.
Worst Driving Cities
30 miles Northeast of Atlanta on highway 85 is home to the state's worst drivers. Suwanee tops the list with the highest rate of incidents among its residents. Impaired driving could be a factor, as the town celebrates both Suwanee Beer Fest and Suwanee Wine Fest. Gwinnett county tallied 38,970 total car crashes in 2017, 24 of them being alcohol related fatalities.
Another city on the outskirts of Atlanta, Kennesaw has the second worst drivers in the Georgia. The likely culprit is the 32,000 students enrolled at Kennesaw State University. Young drivers are a road risk, and they have a much higher rate of incident than older, more experienced drivers. Cobb county accounted for 35,140 car crashes in 2017, including 53 fatal wrecks.
Neighbors to the east of Kennesaw, Woodstock appears at number three on the worst driving list. Heavy traffic on highway 75 north, then onto highway 575 through Woodstock could be a reason for the high rate of incidents. Cherokee county was responsible for 5,906 car accidents in 2017, including 32 fatalities.
Located close to Suwanee, Georgia’s worst driving city, Dacula comes in at number four on our list of worst drivers. It’s also the smallest town on our worst driving list. But it appears that Dacula does follow a pattern of bad driving cities residing north of Atlanta.
Heading south on highway 75 from Atlanta, you’ll run into the fifth worst driving city in the state. Locust Grove is one of your first stops as you get out of the brutal Atlanta traffic. The pent-up road rage from the stop-and-go traffic is may cause a bevy of speeding tickets going through Locust Grove. Henry county had 9,434 car wrecks in 2017, 27 of which were fatal.
Best Driving Cities
Eatonton is an hour north on highway 129 from Macon, and it’s Georgia’s best driving city. It’s county seat of Putnam county, which only saw 240 crashes in 2017, eight being fatal.
Sitting at the center of five intersecting highways, Waycross manages to maintain a positive level of safe driving habits. Waycross displays safe driving numbers despite Ware county tallying 801 car accidents in 2017, including six fatalities.
90 miles east of Waycross is our next best driving city in Georgia, Moultrie. The third largest city in Southwest Georgia is also home to the third best drivers in the state. Moultrie is the county seat of Colquitt county, which saw 463 car accidents and 12 fatalities in 2017.
Macon drivers are some of the best in the state, despite living in one of Georgia’s biggest cities. When there are more drivers on the road, there’s always a higher chance for accidents. The local drivers are perhaps some of the politest drivers in the state. Bibb county accounted for 7,857 accidents in 2017, 34 of which were fatal.
The northernmost city to make the top five best drivers list. Cedartown, despite being so far north, still shows its southern hospitality on the roads. It’s the largest city in Polk county, which had 928 car accidents in 2017 and seven fatalities.
To rank Georgia cities on overall driver quality, we compiled over 200,000 data points from QuoteWizard users in Georgia. We compared overall incidents counts for accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations in 2018. We then calculated the rate of incidents across each city. Above are rankings of the top 15 worst driving cities with the highest rate of incidents, and the top 15 safest driving cities with the lowest rate of incidents.