The Safest Driving City in America: Allstate Report Names the Best

The feeling you experience while traversing the country’s byways in your car, SUV or minivan should be one of safety and security, to the point you don’t even think about it. Many people have an all-or-nothing approach opinion about their city’s drivers: either they’re all horrible or they’re all pretty good–but why? Certainly, individual experiences may vary, but again this year Allstate took a scientific approach in rating the safest driving cities.

The seventh annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™ considered the 200 largest cities in the United States and ranked them in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers. The result: Fort Collins, Col. took the honors as America’s Safest Driving City. Fort Collins drivers were 28.6 percent less likely to be in a car accident than the national average. Boise, Idaho drivers were a close second at 25.5 percent. Pretty impressive numbers that show how drivers like you can play an active role in keeping the roads safe.

Other cities were not so fortunate. Philadelphia came in dead last in the survey, as its drivers are 60.2 percent more likely to be in an accident than the national average, followed by Los Angeles at 50.8 percent and New York at 37.6 percent.

Convinced that YOU are a safe driver? Prove it by demonstrating your high safety IQ every day. Here are five things you can do to help make our roads safer:

  • Back off, Baby!  Keep at least one car-length space between your car and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed. Sixty miles per hour = six car lengths.
  • Chill Out!  Allow plenty of time for travel, plan your route in advance, and check online for road construction that might impact your trip. Less stress, fewer accidents.
  • Take Care.  Safety also depends on the maintenance of your car. Ensure that your car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery and hoses are in good working order.
  • Ditch the Distractions. Talking on your cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup—these are all driving distractions that take your attention away from the road.
  • Wise-Up on the Weather. Ice, snow, fog, rain—adverse weather conditions mean you should use extra caution and travel at slower speeds.

Take a look and see how your city fared in the survey. And, let us know what you think: Do you agree with your city’s safe driving rating? Have a great story about safe driving in your city? Tell us!