Do you think your city has safe drivers and are you one of them? The Allstate Insurance Company has some findings that may make you think twice or put you at ease the next time you get behind the wheel.
On Sept. 1, the Allstate Insurance Company released its seventh annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report." The report ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers, according to Allstate claims data.
In Washington, D.C. the average likely occurrence of an accident is a startling every 4.8 years. In Fort Collins, Colo. it is every 14 years, 28 percent below the average, points out Moneywatch.com's Jerry Edgerton.
New York City, whose drivers tend to have a poor reputation with out-of-towners, ranks 171st out of 193, Moneywatch.com's Edgerton adds, with drivers likely to have an accident every 7.3 years - 37 percent above the average.
What does Allstate hope to accomplish with this report?
"'Allstate's Best Driver's Report" was created to boost the country's discussion on safe driving. Each year we hope the report will increase awareness on the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel," said Mike Roche, executive vice president, Allstate's Claim Organization. "We want to recognize the city of Fort Collins for again being the safest driving city in America, and we salute all of America's safe drivers, who help make our communities better places to live, work and raise families."
Curious to see how your city ranks, check the Allstate web site (below) and click on "Best Drivers Data 2011."
So what causes these fender benders? Could it be taking your eyes off the road when your cup of java spills, a risky CD change or an onset of frustration during a traffic jam?
"Human behavior is the biggest cause of accidents. It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can demonstrate on the road that will help make our roadways safer," said Mike Roche, executive vice president, Allstate's Claim Organization.