5 Safest Roads In North America

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There are a lot of ways to measure the “safest” road: lowest impaired driving rates, fewest total accidents, fewest injuries, fewest fatalities, safest urban roads, safest rural roads, etc. Each measure gives a slightly different ranking. We crunched the stats together to find the safest roads overall, and here’s how it breaks down.

5 Safe Roads In North America

  1. Nevada
  2. Nevada loves its Highway 15, and it shows. The beautifully maintained highway is one of the safest in the world, particularly because of the sunny Nevada weather that keeps rain and fog to an absolute minimum. Only impaired driving in Vegas keeps Nevada from being the safest place to drive in the United States.

  3. Utah
  4. Utah, a practical state that loves its truck stops, takes road safety seriously. Utah’s road infrastructure ranks among the best in the country. Even better, the Mormon Church’s longstanding stance against fun has led to a bottom-basement impaired driving rate. In Utah, the roads and drivers both hold up, leading to (depending on how you measure it) the second or third safest roads in America.

  5. Wyoming
  6. Wyoming benefits from high infrastructure spending and low population density. With few cars on the well-maintained highways, this state has fewer than 100 fatalities a year on its 7000 miles of roads.

  7. (Rural) Newfoundland
  8. Canada has better national road safety than the United States, for all sorts of reasons. First, the infrastructure budget is higher across the board, keeping the roads and bridges in better shape. Second, impaired driving rates are lower. Third, there’s a lot more space: wide open freeways through rural areas. If there’s one thing Newfoundland has, it’s space. This has led to the second-lowest fatality per capita rate on this list.

    One caveat though: while the rural roads are among the safest in the world, the urban streets are not. Urban Newfoundland has one of the highest impaired driving rates in Canada, so keep your eyes open when you’re going through town.

  9. Ontario
  10. Ontario is, by any measure, the home of the safest roads in North America. Impaired driving rates are the lowest in Canada by far, and fatalities, injuries, and accidents per capita are all much lower than in any province or state.

For truck-drivers, Ontario is even safer than the stats would indicate. We dug into the data and found that the majority of fatalities occur in major urban areas- about ¼ in Toronto alone! The highways, on the other hand, are incredibly safe. Even with Ontario’s terrible weather, good road maintenance and low impairment rates keep drivers safe.


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