Where the Safe Drivers Are

October 19 2010 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000010702872XSmall.jpgI'll never forget driving in the Caribbean on one of the first business trips of my career. It was insane. Every driver was out for him or herself, ignoring stop signs and painted lane separators. Drivers slowed down (but did not necessarily stop) for red lights.

I'm still amazed that I came out alive and with no wrecks. Not even a ding.

But you know what? I learned a lot about driving both offensively AND defensively, and it prepared me for living in San Francisco--a city which sits near the bottom of the list when it comes to safe driving.

Insurance giant Allstate has analyzed claim data from 2007 and 2008 to determine in which U.S. cities drivers are most likely to have a collision. According to its "America's Best Drivers Report," Fort Collins, Colo. is the safest city for driving in the U.S. The least safe--the one where you are most likely to get into a fender bender: Washington, DC.

Not surprisingly, the report shows that driving is safest in medium-sized cities and more dangerous in major cities. As a matter of fact, among the 193 cities cited in the report, Phoenix, the largest and safest driving city, ranked #74. The report also reveals that drivers are much more likely to have a wreck in cities east of the Mississippi than west of it.

The Top Ten Safest Driving Cities (Overall)

City & Overall Ranking
1. Fort Collins, Colo.
2. Chattanooga, Tenn.
3. Boise, Idaho
4. Colorado Springs, Colo.
5. Knoxville, Tenn.
6. Eugene, Ore.
7. Reno, Nev.
8. Huntsville, Ala.
9. Lincoln, Neb.
10. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The top 10 major cities with the safest roads:

City & Overall Ranking
74. Phoenix, Ariz.
103. San Diego, Calif.
159. New York, N.Y.
161. Houston, Texas
163 San Antonio, Texas
167. Chicago, Ill.
173. Dallas, Texas
183. Los Angeles, Calif.
187. Philadelphia, Pa.

Wondering where the city you drive in most ranks or which cities rank lowest?
Click here to read the full report/ranking of 193 cities

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    By Lorin Clark on November 4, 2010 12:47 AM

    After reading the entire report published by Allstate, I am still scratching my head in amazement since Boston did not make the bottom of the list. In fact, Boston is not even listed. In my experience, Boston has the worst drivers in America. After working as a California Highway Patrol officer in the past in the Los Angeles area, and having had the pleasure to drive across this country many times, I have a lot of cities to compare!

    By Elisa Jed on December 17, 2013 8:39 AM

    Sounds scary! I bet Tristar Collision has a good business there.

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