Having lived in a few other states of the Union, I knew this already. Michigan has the best drivers in the country. Why? Because we invented the car!

I know it hasn't been a pleasant few days on the roads this week, but at least you're not in Maine.

Michigan has been rated the state with the best drivers according to quotewizard.com, an insurance web site.

In awarding the title to us, the web site made these observations about driving in Michigan:

If you want a stress-free road trip, pack your bags and head to the Great Lakes State. Drivers earn the gold medal thanks to less citations, speeding, and fatalities than last year. There’s one catch – our study only accounts for insured drivers, and this state has plenty of rule breakers. Although Michigan’s insured drivers are the best in the country, one in five don't have car insurance. Oops!

But why get insurance when you're a damn fine driver? Problem solved. Now let's pretend we didn't see that and not bring it up again.

If your curious as to the methodology the web site used, it was this:

We sampled incident data (with more than two million data points) from the users of our website and juxtaposed it to Federal Highway Administrationfatality data. To quantify overall driver standards for comparison, we weighted various incident totals for each state with its occurrence percentage. The rankings are a sum of weighted means calculated from these incidents:

  • Accidents

  • Speeding tickets

  • DUIs

  • Citations

  • Fatalities