Great article on the Forbes website recently. I am always curious to see what people/companies view as the best and worse drivers and how do they come up with their list? Is it road rage? Is it the number of crashes or lack thereof?
According to Jim Gorzelany (the author) auto safety is a two-way street. No matter what kind of vehicle one drives and how prudent one is while operating it, the likelihood of getting into an accident often depends upon the carefulness or recklessness of other motorists. He finds that statistics suggest some areas of the U.S. inherently breed more cautious drivers, while others tend to spawn some of the most accident-prone motor-vehicle operators on the road. If auto safety is the consumer’s number one vehicular priority, be sure to choose a model that aces all the applicable crash-test ratings, comes with a full array of safety features, and move to Ft. Collins, CO, which boasts the safest drivers in the nation according to the annual America’s Best Driver’s Report conducted by Allstate Insurance Co. in Northbrook, IL. Those living in Ft. Collins go an average 14.2 years between accidents, with traffic incidents 29.6 less likely to occur than the national average of once every 10 years. Of the ten cities having the statistically safest motorists, most tend to be located in the heartland of America, with Alabama (Huntsville and Montgomery) and Texas (Brownsville and Laredo) each placing two cities among the best drivers list. On the other hand, you might want to move if you live in Worcester, MA, which can lay claim to having the worst drivers in America. Locals in Worcester tend to become involved in an auto accident once every 4.3 years, which makes them 134.8 percent more liable to crash their cars than the average American.
You might wonder where does Jacksonville fall in the list for the safest city driving ranking? 54. The average years between accidents is 10.1 years. We have actually risen up the list since in 2013 we were #73! Go Jacksonville!
All but one of the 10 cities having the most accident-afflicted motorists are located in the Northeast, with Boston and Washington, DC rounding out the top three. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that the funeral homes along the Eastern seaboard are busier than in areas having statistically safer drivers. According to Allstate’s stats, 70 percent of vehicles involved in collisions are subsequently drivable, which would indicate they occur at lower speeds (under 35 mph). Still, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 33,500 fatalities occur on U.S. roadways each year, which is indeed serious business. New to Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report this year is the inclusion of how cities rank when factors such as population, city density and rain/snowfall are considered.
Click here for the full list of all 200 cities listed: http://www.allstate.com/resources/Allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/ABD-Report-2014.pdf
Here’s the top 10 list of cities having the safest drivers, according to Allstate’s 2014 Best Driver’s Report:
- Ft. Collins, CO: 14.2 years between accidents, 29.6% less likely to get in an accident.
- Brownsville, TX: 14.2 years between accidents, 29.5% less likely to get in an accident.
- Boise, ID: 14.0 years between accidents, 28.4% less likely to get in an accident.
- Kansas City, MO: 12.9 years between accidents, 22.4% less likely to get in an accident.
- Huntsville, AL: 12.6 years between accidents, 20.3% less likely to get in an accident.
- Montgomery, AL: 12.4 years between accidents, 19.4% less likely to get in an accident.
- Visalia, CA: 12.4 years between accidents, 19.1% less likely to get in an accident.
- Laredo, TX: 12.2 years between accidents, 18.3% less likely to get in an accident.
- Madison, WI: 12.2 years between accidents, 17.8% less likely to get in an accident.
- Olathe, KS: 12.1 years between accidents, 17.5% less likely to get in an accident.
And here’s the rogues gallery of the 10 cities having the worst drivers in the nation:
- Worcester, MA: 4.3 years between accidents, 134.8% more likely to get in an accident.
- Boston, MA: 4.4 years between accidents, 129.9% more likely to get in an accident.
- Washington, DC: 5.1 years between accidents, 97.3% more likely to get in an accident.
- Springfield, MA: 5.4 years between accidents, 85.8% more likely to get in an accident.
- Providence, RI: 5.4 years between accidents, 85.1% more likely to get in an accident.
- Baltimore, MD: 5.4 years between accidents, 84.9% more likely to get in an accident.
- Glendale, CA: 5.8 years between accidents, 72.6% more likely to get in an accident.
- Alexandria, VA: 5.9 years between accidents, 68.2% more likely to get in an accident.
- Philadelphia, PA: 6.2 years between accidents, 61.2% more likely to get in an accident.
- New Haven, CT: 6.3 years between accidents, 59.1% more likely to get in an accident.