Who Are the Worst Drivers in the UK?

If you ask the average person who are the worst drivers on the road, without exception they will never say that they are. It’s always someone else or certain drivers from someplace else. But in the age of big-data and the internet, statistics can be gathered to give us more of a scientific answer.

And no doubt some people will not be pleased with the results.

Insurance reseller Confused.com accessed the public government databases to collect the specifics of more than 2.4 million traffic offences across Great Britain between 2015 and 2016. Then they separated the country into twelve logical districts:

  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • North East
  • North West
  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • East Midlands
  • South West
  • South East
  • London
  • East Anglia

Then they identified the top six ticketed offences — including Drink Driving, Speeding, Petrol Theft, Drug Driving, Defective Tires, and not wearing a seat belt.

So … what is your bet for the region with the statistically worst drivers in the UK?

The Results Might Surprise You

The overall worst offenders were the North West, West Midlands, and South East. But by far the most traffic offences were ticketed in the South East. In fact, according to their data, the South East was in the top-three in number of offences in five of the six categories and managed to notch up the impressive #1 spot in three categories: Speeding, Seat belt Infractions, and Defective Tires.

Speeding was the biggest bit, were the South East accounted for more than 476,000 offences (more than 20% of the total). Seems that drivers are in a bit of a hurry to get in and out of Brighton and Canterbury these days.

But when it comes to intoxication, the North West is #1 in both Drink and Drug Driving, with London a very close second in both categories.

Petrol Theft seems to be the most evenly distributed crime — even though it is not so much a driving infraction as a property crime. Still, it is interesting that the West Midlands takes the top spot, with Yorkshire and Humber and the South East rounding out the top three.

So Who Are the Best Drivers In the UK?

There are plenty of offences to go around and no region gets a clean bill of health, but numerically it seems that Wales, the South West, and the North East have either a far lower rate of traffic infractions or a far-more forgiving enforcement. Either way, Newcastle, Bristol, Plymouth, and Cardiff take the good-driving prize. Northern Ireland receives an honourable mention in with lower to middle rates across the board.

Our advice is to slow down a bit on the commute from Portsmouth, use a locking gas cap in Birmingham, be ready to call a cab from the pub in Manchester, and call us at Momentum Driving School if you want to brush up on your skills and avoid the trouble altogether.