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Where Do America's Best (And Worst) Drivers Live?

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Human beings are pretty funny: put anyone behind the wheel of a car, and suddenly he's kvetching about all the idiots on the freeway. We seem certain about our own infallibility, but we can't all be stellar drivers, can we?

Indeed, we cannot. And Allstate has the data to prove it.

The insurance powerhouse has just released its eighth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report", which uses claims data to rank America's 200 (technically, 193) largest cities in terms of residents' car collision frequency. Although the data comes solely from Allstate customers, the company writes about 10% of all U.S. auto policies, which would seem to give a reasonably accurate picture for the nation as a whole.

Allstate says that Americans tend to be involved in a collision once every 10 years. Not surprisingly, the cities that scored better than that average tended to be smaller ones. Here are the top five, in reverse order:

5. Lincoln, Nebraska (12.4 years between accidents)
4. Madison, Wisconsin (13 years between accidents)
3. Fort Collins, Colorado (13.6 years between accidents)
2. Boise, Idaho (13.8 years between accidents)
1. Sioux Falls, South Dakota (13.8 years between accidents) 

Compare those stats to those of drivers in the safest big cities (i.e. those with over 1,000,000 residents), and you'll notice a steep drop-off:

5. Houston, Texas (7.9 years between accidents) 
4. Chicago, Illinois (7.9 years between accidents) 
3. San Antonio, Texas (8.3 years between accidents) 
2. San Diego, California (8.8 years between accidents) 
1. Phoenix, Arizona (10.2 years between accidents) 

But of course, what we all want to know is: where do the worst drivers live? Allstate is too nice to tell us that in its press release, but we found it in the accompanying data:

10. Alexandria, Virginia (6.4 years between accidents)
9. San Francisco, California (6.4 years between accidents)
8. Jersey City, New Jersey  (6.4 years between accidents)
7. Hartford, Connecticut (6.3 years between accidents)
6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6.2 years between accidents)
5. Providence, Rhode Island (6 years between accidents)
4. Newark, New Jersey (5.9 years between accidents)
3. Glendale, California (5.5 years between accidents)
2. Baltimore, Maryland (5.3 years between accidents)

And the worst drivers in America? No surprises here:

1. Washington, D.C. (4.8 years between accidents)

If you're so inclined, here's a short video about the report: 

Did your city get a fair shake? Feel free to grouse about Allstate's findings in the comments section below.

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Comments (11)
  1. YEP, I have an opinion based on over 20 years of commuting in NJ....I have never...I mean never seen and experienced worse drivers than the one's from PA. It's like bumper cars on Rt. 80 and also on Rt. 78. flying like bats out ov h*ll because they live in PA and work in NJ and the rest of us can just get out of their way...I've had people who didn't believe me..thought I was well, prejudice. So, once they road with me on these highways and actually saw for themselves the horrific driving from these clowns they changed their tunes quickly. I cannot for the life of me understand why NJ State Police don't crack down on these clowns. They drive like jerks with impunity. Tail gaiting, swerving in and out of traffic is the norm.
     
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  2. Rode
     
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  3. Then there's the FRIDs...yep - F'ing Rhode Island Drivers....
     
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  4. Live in DC now and moved from Alexandria and I agree that driving here can be difficult. But if the ratings were based on solely on number of years between accidents I think the DC area has a handicap in that area because so many people have moved here since the recession began and many are young drivers. I wonder what Geico or State Farm's results would look like.
     
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  5. yes it"s difficlt and thes make me so nerves
     
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  6. Might as well lump Washington DC, Baltimore and Alexandria all together as DC drivers, hence the absolute worst. The scariest ride/drive events I've ever been part of are there, with policymakers and government employees. No wonder the safetycrats in DC keep trying to legislate safer driving.. they need only look in the mirror to see the real problem!
     
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  7. I'm assuming this is "reported" incidents. The NHTSA estimates there are at least 2 to 3 times this many that go unreported.
     
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  8. The absolute worst drivers are always in the system32 folder.
     
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  9. BEST. COMMENT. EVER.
     
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  10. I can't believe I'm actually defending San Franciscans, but has the guy who wrote this ever actually driven in that city?

    It's absolutely rife with narrow roads, steep hills, one-way streets, sharp turns, and a myriad of other hazards. It's dangerous and hard to navigate. It's no wonder it made the list, I'm sure even the locals have trouble with it from time to time.
     
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  11. i do want to be the best driver in the world
     
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