The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

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Summer driving is an American tradition for vacation fun, but the season comes with a special set of highway hazards.

With teen drivers out of school and on the roads, families embarking on long road trips, and people heading on day trips to nearby beaches or lakes, roads can be more congested than normal.

A Secure Life found the most dangerous summer highways in each of the 50 states by looking at The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The security analysts examined data on driving fatalities from May to September 2015 to 2017.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the larger the state, the more fatalities reported. California had 441 deaths and Texas had 444 over the three summers.

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Roads to watch out for

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

When it came to traffic fatalities for its size, Florida was dubiously distinct: The 21st largest state by area, it suffered 440 traffic deaths during those summer months. What’s more, Florida also includes the state road with the highest number of summer traffic fatalities for the time period: There were 160 deaths on I-10 during the summers of 2015, 2016, and 2017.

I-95, which is one of the main highways on the East Coast running mostly along the coast from Maine to Florida, was the highway with the most fatalities in eight states. Similarly, I-70 which runs east to west from Maryland to Utah, and I-80, another east to west highway that goes from New York to California, are both in the top three deadliest highways for six different states.

Others to watch out for that appeared on the list for more than one state include: I-40, I-75, I-90, I-10, I-94, I-20, I-25, I-35, I-5, I-65, and I-81.

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Speed limits

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Another not-so-surprising trend is the higher the state speed limit, the more fatalities there are on the roads. Texas, for example, has the highest speed limits in the nation, with some roads where you can drive 85 mph.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that 41 states have maximum speed limits of 70 mph or higher, while six states have 80 mph limits.

It’s important to remember that each state sets their own speed limits, and these speed limits have been on the rise since the mid-1990s. And an IIHS study found that a 5 mph speed limit increase correlated with an 8% increase in fatality rates on interstates and highways.

“Driving 70 instead of 65 saves a driver at best six-and-a-half minutes on a 100-mile trip,” said Charles Farmer, IIHS vice president for research and statistical services. So moral of the story: Slow down. Driving that extra few miles per hour won’t get you to your destination all that much sooner than driving the speed limit.

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Alabama

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-65

Fatalities: 83

Second deadliest highway: I-59

Fatalities: 48

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Alaska

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: SR-1 Glenn Hwy.

Fatalities: 13

Second deadliest highway: SR-1 Seward Hwy.

Fatalities: 7

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Arizona

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-10

Fatalities: 100

Second deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 51

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Arkansas

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-40-33

Fatalities: 6

Second deadliest highway: I-555-080

Fatalities: 6

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California

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-5

Fatalities: 192

Second deadliest highway: US-101

Fatalities: 139

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Colorado

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-25

Fatalities: 60

Second deadliest highway: I-70

Fatalities: 51

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Connecticut

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: US-6

Fatalities: 24

Second deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 22

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Delaware

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: SR-1 Coastal Hwy.

Fatalities: 8

Second deadliest highway: SR-24 Laurel Rd.

Fatalities: 5

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District of Columbia

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: Suitland Pkway. SE

Fatalities: 3

Second deadliest highway: Northbound Rock Creek Pkwy.

Fatalities: 2

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Florida

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: US-1

Fatalities: 160

Second deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 158

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Georgia

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-75

Fatalities: 111

Second deadliest highway: I-20

Fatalities: 55

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Hawaii

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: SR-93

Fatalities: 14

Second deadliest highway: SR-11

Fatalities: 11

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Idaho

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-84

Fatalities: 45

Second deadliest highway: US-95

Fatalities: 42

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Illinois

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-57

Fatalities: 39

Second deadliest highway: I-55

Fatalities: 37

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Indiana

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-70

Fatalities: 17

Second deadliest highway: I-65

Fatalities: 15

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Iowa

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-80

Fatalities: 26

Second deadliest highway: SR-2

Fatalities: 13

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Kansas

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-70

Fatalities: 35

Second deadliest highway: US-54

Fatalities: 24

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Kentucky

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: US-27

Fatalities: 45

Second deadliest highway: US-60

Fatalities: 41

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Louisiana

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-10

Fatalities: 70

Second deadliest highway: I-20

Fatalities: 33

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Maine

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 15

Second deadliest highway: US-201

Fatalities: 6

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Maryland

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 32

Second deadliest highway: US-1

Fatalities: 24

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Massachusetts

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-495 N

Fatalities: 18

Second deadliest highway: I-495 S

Fatalities: 15

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Michigan

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-94

Fatalities: 41

Second deadliest highway: I-75

Fatalities: 38

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Minnesota

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: US-169

Fatalities: 27

Second deadliest highway: I-94

Fatalities: 20

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Mississippi

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-55

Fatalities: 58

Second deadliest highway: US-49

Fatalities: 27

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Missouri

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-70

Fatalities: 60

Second deadliest highway: I-44

Fatalities: 42

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Montana

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-90

Fatalities: 24

Second deadliest highway: US-2

Fatalities: 21

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Nebraska

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-80

Fatalities: 42

Second deadliest highway: US-81

Fatalities: 16

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Nevada

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-15

Fatalities: 27

Second deadliest highway: I-80

Fatalities: 25

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New Hampshire

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-93

Fatalities: 19

Second deadliest highway: SR-101

Fatalities: 8

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New Jersey

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 27

Second deadliest highway: I-78

Fatalities: 18

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New Mexico

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-25

Fatalities: 50

Second deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 50

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New York

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-90

Fatalities: 26

Second deadliest highway: I-81

Fatalities: 20

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North Carolina

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 61

Second deadliest highway: I-85

Fatalities: 50

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North Dakota

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-94

Fatalities: 17

Second deadliest highway: US-2

Fatalities: 11

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Ohio

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-71

Fatalities: 39

Second deadliest highway: I-75

Fatalities: 31

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Oklahoma

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-44

Fatalities: 39

Second deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 34

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Oregon

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-5

Fatalities: 21

Second deadliest highway: I-84

Fatalities: 20

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Pennsylvania

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-81 American Legion Memorial Hwy.

Fatalities: 28

Second deadliest highway: US-30 Lincoln Hwy.

Fatalities: 19

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Rhode Island

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-295 S 

Fatalities: 7

Second deadliest highway: I-95 S

Fatalities: 6

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South Carolina

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: US-17

Fatalities: 82

Second deadliest highway: I-26

Fatalities: 51

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South Dakota

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-90 W

Fatalities: 18

Second deadliest highway: I-90 E

Fatalities: 10

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Tennessee

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-40

Fatalities: 85

Second deadliest highway: I-24

Fatalities: 39

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Texas

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-10

Fatalities: 154

Second deadliest highway: I-20

Fatalities: 151

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Utah

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-15

Fatalities: 51

Second deadliest highway: US-89

Fatalities: 31

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Vermont

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: US-7

Fatalities: 9

Second deadliest highway: SR-9

Fatalities: 8

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Virginia

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: US-58

Fatalities: 45

Second deadliest highway: I-95

Fatalities: 44

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Washington

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-5

Fatalities: 57

Second deadliest highway: I-90

Fatalities: 36

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West Virginia

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-64

Fatalities: 26

Second deadliest highway: I-79

Fatalities: 22

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Wisconsin

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: US-12

Fatalities: 20

Second deadliest highway: CR-A

Fatalities: 18

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Wyoming

The most dangerous highway for summer driving in every state

Deadliest highway: I-80

Fatalities: 39

Second deadliest highway: I-25

Fatalities: 16

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