Don't complain about women drivers; complain about Republican drivers. FairWarning.org takes a look at traffic fatality rates and voting patterns and finds that states that had higher rates of traffic deaths per 100,000 people in 2010 tended to vote for Mitt Romney in 2012.
The ten states with the deadliest highways all went for Romney. Wyoming had the worst fatality rates; South Dakota ranked ninth. 21 out of 24 red states had higher-than-average traffic fatality rates; only 6 blue states exceeded the national average
Of the ten states with the lowest traffic fatality rates, nine voted for Barack Obama in 2012. The exception was Alaska, which ranked ninth. The other two red states with lower traffic fatality rates than the national average were Utah (all those nice, sober, risk-averse Mormons) and Nebraska.
The numbers seem odd given the rural–urban split. The ten most dangerous states on this list all have large rural populations... though remember that "large" is relative: 65% of Wyomingians live in town, as do 57% of South Dakotans. Of the ten least dangerous states, all but Alaska and Minnesota have urban populations larger than the 81% national average. I feel a lot safer when I'm driving in the country than in the city.
Allstate Insurance seems to agree that there's something upside down about these numbers. In the eight years they've issued the "Best Drivers Report," Sioux Falls has won the top spot five times. But Allstate bases its rankings on frequency of car collisions. Folks in more urban areas may just have more stuff to bump into. But since they're stuck in city traffic, they aren't going as fast when they do crash. Out here in rural Republican country, we have less stuff to run into, but when we do crash, we work up a big head of steam on those long country roads and really crash.
But I can't help wondering at the historical parallel. Republicans tend to crash the economy the way they get into fatal car crashes. Then it takes Democrats to take the wheel and get us out of the ditch.
Take a note: when you've gone on a bender and you need a designated driver, pick a Democrat.
Update 19:44 MST: I finally got the numbers typed in. The correlation between the states' popular vote percentages for Barack Obama in 2012 and traffic fatalities per 100,000 people in 2010 is –0.6793 (noteworthy from a social sciences perspective, with p=0.00000004, which means there's darn little chance that this correlation is just random noise).