Area Drivers Not the Safest

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By Nora Tooher

Pennsylvania drivers aren’t at the top of the safe drivers list.

In fact, Philadelphia is one of 10 cities at the bottom of the latest safe drivers’ metro rankings in Allstate Insurance Company’s 2013 America’s Best Drivers Report.

Philly drivers ranked 189th out of 194 metro areas, with a collision likely every six years. That’s 65.9 percent higher than the national average.

Driving in our city of Pittsburgh also requires nerves of steel. The city ranked 173rd this year, down five notches from 168 the year before. Pittsburgh drivers on average have a collision every 7.2 years – a rate that’s 38.2 percent higher than the national average.

Other cities at the bottom of the safe driver rankings were: Arlington, Va., No. 185; San Francisco, No. 186; Miami, No. 187; Alexandria, Va., No. 188; Philadelphia, No. 189; Glendale, Calif., No. 190; Hialeah, Fla., No. 191 and Providence, R.I., No. 192.

The two cities at the bottom of the list were Baltimore, No. 193 and Washington, D.C., No. 194.

D.C. drivers spend only 4.7 years on average between collisions, and have an accident rate that is 109.3 percent higher than the national average.

America’s safest drivers, the report says, live in Fort Collins, Colo.

The average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision only once every 13.9 years – a rate that’s 28.2 percent below than the national average of 10 years.

Boise, Idaho, was ranked the second-safest city for drivers and Sioux Falls, S.D., came in third. Other cities ranked among the 10 safest cities for drivers were: Brownsville, Texas, fourth; Madison, Wis., fifth; Reno, Nev., sixth; Huntsville, Ala., seventh; Visalia, Calif., eighth; Montgomery, Ala., ninth and Eugene, Ore., 10th.

Of course, driving in a big city is different than driving in a smaller city, such as Wilkes-Barre. Allstate advises drivers in smaller cities and suburban areas to watch the speed limit; look out for pedestrians, especially children; know the rules of the road and keep a safe distance, especially around large vehicles.

First Published October 17, 2013 4:27 AM


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