The Cities With the Worst (and Best!) Drivers
Is your car horn exhausted? It might not be you—your city could be to blame.
Nearly 35 million people are expected to pack the car this weekend and drive at least 50 miles from home, according to AAA, and for almost 30 million travelers, it’ll be their last summer road trip. If you’re getting behind the wheel, you might want to take a look at Allstate’s new Best Drivers Report for 2014. The list looks at drivers from 200 cities—if you’re traveling to the east coast, especially Massachusetts, you’ll want to be extra alert on the road.
Three of Massachusetts’ major cities—Worcester, Boston, and Springfield—occupy the first, second, and fourth slot for cities with the most collisions, with Washington D.C. and Providence, Rhode Island joining them to round out the top five. Fort Collins, Colorado, on the other hand, ranks as the safest place to hit the road for the second year in a row, followed by Brownsville, Texas, Boise, Idaho, Kansas City, Kansas, and Huntsville, Alabama.
Allstate ranked cities a few different ways: based on population density, city density, frequency of rain and snow, and a combination of the elements. In all scenarios, the top and bottom five cities remained the same, for the most part, although they switched in order. When it comes to precipitation, Brownsville, Texas, is the safest place to brave the weather. Allstate also found that driving in Worcester is almost 135 times more likely to result in an accident than the average city, while drivers in Fort Collins are about 30 times less likely to collide with others on the road.
See where your city ranks on the list, and be sure to keep your hands at ten-and-two!