According to SmartAsset, Arizona drivers are among the worst drivers in the country.

Is this a fair assessment? Are drivers solely to blame or do our roads and traffic conditions play a role?

The website considered a total of four metrics. The looked at the percent of drivers with insurance, the number of DUI’s per driver, the average number of deaths per miles driven and how often residents google terms like a traffic ticket or speeding ticket.

The top ten list of states with the worst drivers ends in Arizona (tying with Alaska). Arizona scored in the top half for all four of our metrics. The state’s worst score comes in fatality rate per 100 million miles driven.

According to the 2016 data from NHTSA, Arizona had 962 fatalities. That’s 1.46 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. The death figure increased to 1,000 deaths in 2017.

According to the Insurance Research Council, it’s estimated that twelve percent of Arizona drivers are uninsured. The figure should be alarming to everyone on Arizona road. If you are hit by an uninsured or even an underinsured driver, the costs to you could be enormous.

Take the time at least once a year to review your policy with your agent. Make sure you have underinsured motorist coverage to protect yourself. Check with your agent to ensure your coverage meets all your current needs.

Arizona transportation officials continue to blame drivers for the rise in crash-related fatalities. However, roadway defects can play a role in a crash-it’s not always related to human error.

What can you do to protect yourself and your family? Make sure you have appropriate insurance coverage. Always, always wear your seatbelt. No exceptions.

Operating a car is one of the most complicated tasks a human brain can undertake. Don’t drive distracted. That includes using a cell phone, eating, or taking your eyes off the road for any length of time. Some of the things we’ve witnessed drivers doing: reading a book, flossing teeth, putting on eye makeup, scrolling on Facebook, reaching for something and driving off the road. These things were not witnessed at a stop light; these drivers were seen at the wheel of a car in motion!

Catastrophic, life-changing injuries can result from car crashes, as well as fatalities. Please…drive safely, Arizona.