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Does Southern New England have the worst drivers?

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Rhode Islanders claim they see poor driving every day.

"I hate driving in Providence. I feel like I'm driving in New York almost," said Jennifer Valle.

"People pulling in front of you, people slowing down, all-of-a-sudden things like that," said Waleed Muhamad.

A common complaint? Lack of a turn signal.

"People don't use their turn signals. That's the biggest thing on the road. People just cutting over two or three lanes, no signals," said truck driver Roland Sinesi. "I want people to know where I'm going."

Sinesi doesn't drive just a regular truck. He drives with some very precious cargo on the outside – glass. He said with a large truck, it's hard to make last-minute adjustments when other people don't obey the law.

According to an Allstate Insurance report on traffic accidents, Providence came in at No. 3 in the country for the city with the worst drivers based on number of accidents. That means, in Providence, drivers are about 80 percent more likely to be in an accident than the typical driver.

But what about taking a look at all of Southern New England?

According to statistics from different insurance agencies, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and information from state police, data shows that Southern New England has more than its share of poor drivers.

State police in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut handed out about 765,000 citations on highways in 2011.

But poor driving doesn't necessarily mean dangerous or deadly driving.

There were 4,931 accidents on Rhode Island highways in 2011. Of those, 66 were fatal. In Texas, about 3,000 accidents were fatal.

Vermont was the only state to have fewer fatal accidents on state highways than Rhode Island.

But there are still those so-called "annoying" drivers that don't use their signal, and that's risky.

Two of the most hazardous habits you see on the road no matter where you live are speeding and tailgating.

Dave Raposa of AAA Southern New England said don't speed up if you have a car on your tail.

"Don't speed up. Worst mistake is to speed up. In this case, all you do is wait until it's safe to get over."

Some Rhode Island residents have some advice for area drivers.

"Take a chill pill, relax. Go to Dunkin', get a coffee. Do something," Valle said.

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