Best Drivers Report 2017: Did Your City Make the Top 10?
Drivers across the country have aspects of their city that they like, and some that they are not so thrilled about. Sometimes, the things that annoy drivers the most about their own city are the driving habits of others on the roads. That said, it’s natural for residents of a given city to root for their hometown, especially when it comes to safety rankings.
With the release of the annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report®, drivers can brag about where their metropolitan area ranks in terms of safe-driving habits compared to the country’s 200 largest cities.
This year, Kansas City, Kansas, takes the top spot as the city with the safest drivers, followed by Brownsville, Texas, and Madison, Wisconsin. While the cities are the same as last year’s report, the top two swapped spots, as Kansas City finished second in 2016.
Just how safe is it for drivers in these cities? The average Kansas City driver is almost 33 percent less likely to experience a collision than the average U.S. driver. Brownsville drivers are almost 31 percent less likely, and Madison drivers are nearly 20 percent less likely to be in an accident.
Now in its 13th year, this year’s report saw some notable improvements, as Anchorage, Alaska moved up 35 spots to rank 34th, and New York City jumped 27 places to the 116th spot.
“With the improving economy and more driving, we’re unfortunately seeing more crashes and more crash deaths,” said Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) President Adrian Lund. “Summer travel for vacations and recreation is often riskier than the daily commute.”
The Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report® also examines hard-braking events in more than 100 cities, using data collected by Allstate’s Drivewise® device that enables consumers to monitor their driving habits. Defined as slowing down eight miles per hour or more over a one-second period, the average American driver may experience approximately 19 hard-braking events for every 1,000 miles driven.
In the 2017 report, Kansas City had the fewest hard-braking events (tied with Madison), with 9.9 hard-braking events per 1,000 miles, followed by Mobile, Alabama with 11.9 hard-braking events.
Remember to Drive Safely
This year’s report helps to reinforce the importance of safe driving and arrives just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, one of the most dangerous days for drivers, according to the IIHS. And while July and August remain the most dangerous months for drivers, says the IIHS, it’s important to remember that safe-driving habits may be helpful year-round. It is estimated that 4.6 million roadway users suffered injuries that required medical attention in 2016, according to the National Safety Council.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends drivers employ some basic safe-driving habits, including:
- Stay Alert. Plan enough time to stop along the way to take a group stretch, get something to eat and drink, return any calls or text messages, and change drivers if you’re feeling tired or drowsy.
- Share the Road. Warmer weather attracts many types of roadway users, including motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. These road users are more vulnerable because they do not have the protection of a car or truck. Be mindful and allow them more space.
- Avoid Risky Behavior. Set down some safety rules with your passengers and co-drivers before you hit the road to avoid distracted driving and speeding.
By taking some simple safety precautions like those mentioned above, drivers can help keep themselves, and others, safe on the road.
To find out where your city ranks and see the additional categories like hard-braking events, population density and weather, visit Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report®.