Carolina drivers among the top 25 worst in the country, study finds

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This will come as no surprise to anyone who's spent time on Carolina roads: drivers in the Tar Heel and Palmetto State are some of the worst in the country.

According to a study by financial website SmartAsset, South Carolina tied for 11th place with Arkansas for having the worst drivers in the U.S. North Carolina ranked at 25th out of 50. 

To determine the rankings, SmartAsset took a number of factors into consideration, including the percentage of insured drivers, the number of DUI arrests per 1,000 drivers, the number of fatalities, and how often residents search for terms like "speeding ticket" on Google.

South Carolina has the highest number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, at 1.87. 

Both North and South Carolina also rank among the highest in DUI rates, with 4.05 and 4.10 per 1,000 drivers. The highest DUI rate with 6.28 per 1,000 drivers is in Hawaii followed by Alaska at 5.80. 

Mississippi took the top spot for the worst drivers, followed by Alabama and California. Meanwhile, the study found Massachusetts had the best drivers in the U.S.

To read the full findings, click here.