Senior Driver Safety by State

We rated all 50 states on senior driver safety, based on the rate of people 65 and over in each state killed in a car crash compared to that age group’s share of the overall state population. All figures are from 2014, the year for which latest data was available. The states are listed from most to least dangerous, with 1 = “Most Dangerous.”

State Percentage of Car Deaths Age 65+ % of Population Age 65+ Most to Least Dangerous (1=Most) Stricter Senior Driving Rules
Rhode Island 34.6 15.8 1 Yes
Maine 27.5 18.3 2 Yes
Minnesota 22.7 14.3 3 No
New York 22.9 14.7 4 No
Idaho 21.5 14.3 5 Yes
Pennsylvania 23.9 16.7 6 No
Hawaii 23.2 16.1 7 Yes
New Jersey 21.4 14.7 8 No
Washington 20.4 14.1 9 No
Delaware 22.3 16.5 10 No
Kansas 20 14.3 11 Yes
Illinois 19.3 13.9 12 Yes
Utah 14.8 10.1 13 Yes
Oregon 20.7 16 14 Yes
Massachusetts 19.8 15.1 15 Yes
Tennessee 19.3 15.1 16 No
Missouri 19.5 15.4 17 Yes
Ohio 19.4 15.5 18 No
California 16.7 12.9 19 Yes
Michigan 19.2 15.4 20 No
Arizona 19.6 15.9 21 Yes
Iowa 19.3 15.8 22 Yes
Virginia 17.2 13.8 23 Yes
South Dakota 18.4 15.3 24 No
New Hampshire 19 15.9 25 Yes
Maryland 16.5 13.8 26 Yes
Nevada 16.9 14.2 27 Yes
Wisconsin 18 15.2 28 No
Oklahoma 17.2 14.5 29 No
North Carolina 17.3 14.7 30 Yes
Nebraska 16.9 14.4 31 Yes
Georgia 14.8 12.4 32 Yes
Kentucky 17.1 14.8 33 No
West Virginia 19.9 17.8 34 No
Indiana 16.2 14.3 35 Yes
Texas 13.2 11.5 36 Yes
Colorado 14.1 12.7 37 Yes
Alabama 16.6 15.3 38 No
Arkansas 17 15.7 39 No
Vermont 18.2 17 40 No
Connecticut 16.5 15.5 41 Yes
Florida 19.4 19.1 42 Yes
Wyoming 14 14 43 No
South Carolina 15.4 15.8 44 Yes
Mississippi 13 14.3 45 No
Montana 15.1 16.7 46 Yes
Alaska 6.9 9.4 47 Yes
Louisiana 10.9 13.6 48 Yes
North Dakota 9.6 14.2 49 Yes
New Mexico 9.4 15.3 50 Yes

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Census Bureau


5 months ago, said...

Here's what might have skewed state rankings on safety for senior drivers: Places like Florida have lkots of seniors (probably a milllion or more) who are resident only half the year to establish tax-purpose residency, and actually live in their old home states for half the year. Deaths of these folks occurring outside FLA would make other states look more dangerous and FLA safer than they really are. A better methodology would count only deaths of resident seniors in each state. That would help a little.