You may think the drivers where you live are the sorriest in the nation, but then you’ve probably never been to Baltimore, MD. The “Charm City” has the dubious distinction of being home to the worst drivers in America. That’s according to the annual Best Driver’s Report just issued by
Among the nation’s 200 largest cities, Baltimore motorists get into a crash, on average, once every 3.8 years. That’s 163 percent more likely than the national frequency rate, according to Allstate data, which is once every 10 years. And Baltimore drivers apparently have nobody to blame for this ranking but themselves. That’s because 94 percent of all traffic accidents are caused by driver error, according to Allstate
On the other hand, if you’re looking for vehicular nirvana head for bucolic Brownsville, TX, where you’ll find the most cautious drivers in the country, Motorists there get into crashes only once every 13.6 years, which is 26.3 percent below the national average.
Allstate defines a crash as any auto collision that results in a property damage claim. Rankings are based on claims reported during a two-year period that extended between January 2015 and December 2016.
Of the 10 cities cited for having the accident-prone drivers, eight reside along the east coast, with the remaining two situated in California. The cities with the safest drivers tend to be lower-population burgs largely in southern and Midwestern states. Among the nation’s big cities, Los Angeles is ranked the lowest at number 194 out of 200, with San Francisco at 183, Detroit at 142, Chicago at 129, and New York City at about halfway down the list at 107
Among the winners and losers in Allstate’s 2018 report, Miami motorists appear to be the most improved in the U.S., with the city jumping 37 spots on the list up to number 86, with an 8.5-year accident frequency. At the other end of the spectrum, you might want to steer clear of Spokane, WA, which dropped 37 spots in Allstate’s list from 2017’s rankings after already suffering a 12-spot plunge the year before.
Here’s Allstate’s rogues’ gallery of the 10 U.S. cities having the most accident-prone drivers:
- Baltimore, MD: 3.8 years between accidents
- Boston, MA: 3.9 years between accidents
- Washington, DC: 3.9 years between accidents
- Worcester, MA: 4.4 years between accidents
- Glendale, CA: 5.1years between accidents
- Springfield, MA: 5.3 years between accidents
- Los Angeles, CA: 5.5 years between accidents
- Providence, RI: 5.5 years between accidents
- Alexandria, VA: 5.7 years between accidents
- Philadelphia, PA: 5.9 years between accidents
And here’s the 10 cities that sit atop of Allstate’s Best Driver’s Report:
- Brownsville, TX: 13.6 years between accidents
- Kansas City, KS: 13.1 years between accidents
- Boise, ID: 12.2 years between accidents
- Huntsville, AL: 11.9 years between accidents
- Madison, WI: 11.8 years between accidents
- Laredo, TX: 11.7 years between accidents
- Midland, TX: 11.7 years between accidents
- Cape Coral, FL: 11.6 years between accidents
- Fort Collins, CO: 11.6 years between accidents
- McAllen, TX: 11.5 years between accidents
Regardless of where in America you may be headed as Labor Day approaches, Allstate recommends adhering to the following time-tested precautions when driving in unfamiliar territory:
- Fasten your seat belt and ensure your passengers are likewise buckled up.
- Keep your eyes firmly planted on the road ahead, and look out for the unpredictable nature of other traffic, along with pedestrians and bicyclists that may cross your path.
- Keep your phone and other devices tucked away to avoid distraction, and never text-message while driving.
- Obey all speed limits and plenty of time to arrive at your destination safely.
- Leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and traffic ahead.
- Keep an emergency roadside safety kit in the trunk with caution signs, flares, and other essentials.
- Have a roadside service lined up in case you suffer a breakdown.
- Most importantly, never get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs, and that includes prescription medicines that can adversely affect your reaction time
Click for the full Allstate Best Driver’s Report for 2018 and prior years.
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