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The 10 Most Dangerous States for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

What are your plans this Thanksgiving? Maybe you’re stuffing your face with potatoes, watching football with your crew, or baking your legendary pecan pie. But if your plan involves hitting the road, you might want to take some extra precautions since holiday travel and traffic often means more danger on the roads. Find out which states are the most dangerous for road travel in November.

10 most dangerous and safest states for Thanksgiving travel

Most dangerous states
Safest states
North Dakota
Rhode Island
Mississippi
New York
Wyoming
Hawaii
Delaware
Washington
Arkansas
Massachusetts
South Carolina
New Jersey
Alabama
Illinois
Montana
Minnesota
New Mexico
Connecticut
Louisiana
Colorado
Most dangerous states Safest states
North Dakota
Rhode Island
Mississippi New York
Wyoming Hawaii
Delaware Washington
Arkansas Massachusetts
South Carolina New Jersey
Alabama Illinois
Montana Minnesota
New Mexico Connecticut
Louisiana Colorado

More Thanksgiving travel tidbits

Knowing what to expect can help you stay safer on the roads this holiday season. Here are a few other interesting things we discovered about Thanksgiving travel:

  • According to a 2017 AAA report, Tuesday evening was the worst time for road travel near Thanksgiving.1
  • November traffic fatalities increased between 2015 and 2016, going from 2,780 to 2,998.2
  • Seven of the 10 most dangerous states on our list have a D or F road safety grade from the National Safety council.3
  • November travel is dangerous, but October was the most deadly month for fatal road incidents in 2016.2

Methodology

ASecureLife.com analyzed the number of fatal car crashes between 2012 and 2016 in each state during the month of November using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) fatal crash data.4 From there, we calculated the likelihood of an accident occurring this holiday season per 100,000 people in each state.

Sources

  1. AAA, “Nearly 51 Million Americans to Travel This Thanksgiving, Highest Volume in a Dozen Years”
  2. NHTSA, “Fatal Crashes and Crash Rates by Month”
  3. National Safety Council, “State of Safety: A State-by-State Report”
  4. NHTSA, “Traffic Safety Facts”

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About Brianna Jensen

Brianna Jensen
Brianna is an experienced copywriter and editor who has written about home security, personal safety, insurance, and much more. She loves doing thorough research, finding objective ways to evaluate options, and sharing what she’s learned with others who are interested in new technology and home security.

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