Study Finds Most Dangerous Highway in NC and SC

As we prepare for our final road trips of the summer and get ready to go back to school, it is important that we continue to stay vigilant on the road and practice safety behind the wheel – especially on roads that are prone to a higher number of collisions.


In North Carolina, that means paying special attention when driving along I-40, the deadliest highway in the state with 61 fatalities during the summer months over the last three years. I-40 also showed up on the list for other states.


For South Carolinians, the most deadly highway is US-17, with 82 fatalities over the same time period. This number shocked researchers because South Carolina ranks in the top 10 for smallest population.


The study, conducted by A Secure Life, analyzed three years (2015-2017) of traffic fatalities from May through September to determine the most dangerous summer roads that we travel.


I-85 ranked second in North Carolina with 50 fatalities and US-64 came in third with 40. South Carolina’s second most deadly road is I-26, with 51 fatalities and I-9, with 45 fatalities.


In preparation for that final summer vacation, AAA Carolinas urges you to be careful, especially on busy highways. Slow down and remember that speeding puts you, your passengers and other drivers at greater risk.


For additional safety tips, A Secure Life and AAA Carolinas recommend:

  • Research and plan your route ahead of time. Map out your trip so that you know an accurate travel time as well as traffic patterns. Be sure to check for road closures along your route.
  • Avoid driving on risky days or at risky times. The days leading up to and following major holidays are heavy travel days and should be avoided if possible.
  • Never drive distracted. Keep your eyes and mind on the road. Put the cell phone down. Disconnect and Drive.
  • Always wear a seatbelt and ensure that your passengers do too.
  • Have your vehicle inspected to make sure it is road trip ready.
  • Secure your load. Pack all items inside and outside of the vehicle securely, to ensure nothing falls off or becomes a distraction.