As you drive down South Carolina highways, you may be aware of the dangers other drivers can create. Between distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving and more, you may not always feel safe sharing the road.

If you feel that driving in South Carolina is more dangerous than neighboring states, the data might agree. For the fourth time in the last six years, a study has found South Carolina to be number two for worst driving.

The study ranks states by how safe their roads are

The study, done by Car Insurance Comparison, gathers data for several different factors. Each state has a ranking for things like speeding, drunk driving and fatality rates. The company then adds the rankings together each year to find which states score lowest.

A high fatality rate pushed South Carolina into second-worst

This year, New Mexico came in first with South Carolina in second. For South Carolina, the study pointed to the state’s high fatality rate, which is worst in the nation. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, around 500 people lost their lives in the first half of 2019.

The state also scored low for drunk driving and careless driving.

Poor decisions by drivers can make roads more dangerous

When other drivers choose to be careless on the road, they may put your life and the lives of your loved ones in danger. Whether they choose to drink or use their phones while driving, they help contribute to the high amount of deaths on South Carolina roads.