Does your city know how to drive? QuoteWizard determined which Texas towns have the safest drivers. Find out if your city – or your rival city – made the cut.
When people think of Texas, there are a few things that come to mind. Some of them are stereotypical: cowboy hats, barbeque, and tumbleweeds. But the Lone Star State is also home to everything from a fast-growing tech industry to stunning natural attractions. And it’s America’s largest state, which means there’s plenty of room on the road for Texas drivers.
254,853 people were injured in traffic crashes in Texas in 2017, and that number seems poised to grow. Since the 2010 census, Texas' population increased by 12.6 percent. More people mean more cars on the road, which often leads to a boost in accidents. Texas isn’t alone in this trend. In 2016, the III reported an increase of car accidents in the US, leading to an increase in auto insurance prices.
That's why it’s important to stay attentive behind the wheel, for both your safety and your wallet. Our study found that Texas is the 29th best driving state in the country. But how does your town compare? To find out, we compiled over 40,000 data points from QuoteWizard users in Texas on speeding tickets, accidents, DUIs, and other citations in the last year. We then calculated the rate of incidents across each city. Cities with the lowest rate of incidents are ranked safest.
These are the top 15 safest driving cities in Texas:
- Eagle Pass
Read on to find out what makes these the 15 safest cities for driving in Texas.
1. Eagle Pass
Located just across the border from the birthplace of nachos and home to Texas’ largest casino, Eagle Pass is a hub for cheese lovers and gamblers alike. Is this combination to thank for safe driving in Eagle Pass? Regardless of the reason, residents can add a gold medal for safe driving to their list of accomplishments.
Coming in at second-best for driving is the East Texas town of Marshall. The popular Interstate 20 that connects South Carolina to Texas crosses through Marshall, but that doesn’t daunt these drivers. The town is even working to improve its roads with a Street Improvement Program. Maybe they’ll land the number one spot next year.
Brownsville is rich in history, and apparently good drivers too. The area played historical roles in both the Mexican-American War and the Civil War, events that have impacted the development of Texas and the US. Brownsville also prides itself on some of the best Mexican food in the state. Is it the rich history or the delicious food that fuels the town’s safe drivers? We’ll never really know. One thing’s for sure: Brownsville residents know how to drive.
If you follow Highway 35 south, you’ll hit Laredo only minutes before you cross into Mexico. The fact that a major route runs through town doesn’t seem to matter much, as Laredo is the fourth safest driving city in Texas. In 2017, there were 5,517 crashes in Laredo, resulting in 18 fatalities.
For this town, driving roots run deep. In fact, the old town square was located where Highways 281 and 107 now intersect. Is that why Edinburg drivers are exceptionally attentive behind the wheel? This border city is doing something right! There were 2,418 total crashes in Edinburg in 2017, three of which resulted in fatalities.
Surrounded by the idyllic Forest Country, Lufkin is a quaint town in Eastern Texas. Lufkin is located at the intersection of highways 59 and 69, but despite those busy roads, locals seem to know what they’re doing. Lufkin comes in as the sixth safest driving city in Texas. Of course, accidents still happen. In 2017, there were 1,205 total crashes in Lufkin, three of which resulted in fatalities.
Even if you’re not from this Central TX town, you’ve probably heard of it. It’s the birthplace of Dr. Pepper and the setting of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, after all. That’s not it: Waco is also the seventh safest driving city in Texas! In 2017, there were 3,501 total crashes in Waco.
Head over to McAllen for your cultural fix in Southern Texas. It's home to the International Museum of Art and Science and Quinta Mazatlan, a Spanish revival mansion. Oh, and while you’re there, congratulate the locals – they live in the eighth safest driving city in Texas.
Mabank neighbors the serene Cedar Creek lake and prides itself on a small-town lifestyle and fun weekend events. Just over 3,000 people call this Eastern Texas town home, and those residents can rest easy knowing Mabank made the top ten safest driving cities in Texas. In 2017, there were 103 total crashes in the area.
Located just south of Fort Worth, this quaint Texan town radiates rustic and historical charm. Apparently, that old-fashioned etiquette extends behind the wheel. Cleburne is the tenth safest driving city in the state.
What makes Cleburne’s drivers stand out? It starts at the top. “We have focused on a systematic, evidence-based approach to promote safe driving in Cleburne,” said Cleburne Chief of Police Robert Severance III. “This includes public outreach and education, partnerships with schools and other stakeholders in our community, engaging citizen volunteers, highly visible traffic enforcement, and using data to align our resources.”
A little over 37,000 people live in Rosenberg. Situated on the outskirts of Houston, commuters often pass through on I-69, a major highway that takes people into the city. Despite the heavily trafficked route running through town, residents seem to be experienced on the road. Rosenberg claims the 11th spot in our list of safest driving cities in Texas.
Located just 50 miles south of Dallas, Corsicana is a small town with around 24,000 residents. Major route I-45 passes through the area, but Corsicana still earned a spot as the 12th safest driving city in TX. In 2017, there were 749 crashes in Corsicana.
Head south to the Gulf of Mexico from Houston and you’ll find Galveston, an island city full of parks and piers. Texans flock to Galveston to enjoy its warm beaches, but even with a constant stream of travelers, driving in the city seems to go smoothly. Maybe the city owes its good driving record to happy travelers and year-round sunshine.
Dallas may be the third-largest city in the state, but it’s the most congested city in Texas when it comes to traffic. Dallas commuters spend two and a half days a year in traffic. Is it all that extra time on the road that makes them safe drivers? We’re not sure, but Dallas rings in as the 14th safest driving city in Texas.
Mission is located on the Southern tip of Texas, near the Mexico border. It also neighbors the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, where visitors and locals flock for bird watching. Despite heavy birding traffic, Mission is the 15th best driving city in Texas. 1,267 crashes occurred in Mission in 2017.
How Good Driving Affects Your Car Insurance Rates
Whether you live in one of the safest driving cities in Texas or elsewhere, good auto insurance is still a necessity. Even if you consider yourself a good driver, living near bad drivers can cause your prices to soar. That’s because the more bad drivers there are on the road, the more likely it is that you’ll get into an accident. Insurance companies know this, and they charge higher rates for drivers in areas with lots of crashes.
Unfortunately, you can’t control what others do behind the wheel. And if you think you’re a part of the problem, check out companies that cover bad drivers. The best way to combat high rates is by comparing car insurance quotes from different companies. Not every company offers the same rates, and the only way to find the cheapest is by shopping around.
How did we statistically identify Texas’ safest drivers? We used 2017 incident stats with more than 40,000 data points from QuoteWizard users across Texas. To quantify overall driver quality for comparison, we weighted incident counts for each city with its frequency.
The final rankings are a sum of weighted means calculated from accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations. QuoteWizard then ranked each Texas city to find the safest drivers.
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