The Safest U.S. Driving Cities Are. ...

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM EDT

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The Safest U.S. Driving Cities Are. ...

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM EDT

Allstate Insurance Company on Thursday released its seventh annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report" The report ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers, according to Allstate claim data.

This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colo., the second year in the row for the city at the top spot. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14 years, which is 28.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.

"Allstate's Best Driver's Report was created to boost the country's discussion on safe driving. Each year we hope the report will increase awareness on the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel," said Mike Roche, executive vice president, Allstate's Claim Organization. "We want to recognize the city of Fort Collins for again being the safest driving city in America, and we salute all of America's safe drivers, who help make our communities better places to live, work and raise families."

The Report

For the past seven years, Allstate actuaries have conducted an in-depth analysis of company claim data to determine the likelihood drivers in America's 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. Internal property damage reported claims were analyzed over a two-year period (from January 2008 to December 2009) to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences such as weather or road construction.

A weighted average of the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages. The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate's auto policies represent about 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what's happening on America's roadways.

[Complete report available at www.allstatenewsroom.com]

The Top Ten
For the second time in the report's seven-year history, Fort Collins was revealed as the safest driving city.

City & Overall Ranking
Collision Likelihood
Compared to National
Average
Average Years
Between Collisions
1. Fort Collins, Colo. 28.6% less likely 14.0
2. Boise, Idaho 25.5% less likely 13.4
3. Lincoln, Neb. 22.7% less likely 12.9
4. Chandler, Ariz. 20.4% less likely 12.6
5. Huntsville, Ala. 18.9% less likely 12.3
6. Knoxville, Tenn. 18.3% less likely 12.2
7. Springfield, Mo. 17.9% less likely 12.2
8. Reno, Nev. 16.6% less likely 12.0
9. Eugene, Ore. 16.3% less likely 11.9
10. Chattanooga, Tenn. 16.3% less likely 11.9

 

Additional "Road" Scholars
Drivers in U.S. cities with populations of one million-plus are more likely than the national average to experience a collision. For the seventh year in a row, motorists in Phoenix topped the list in this category, making them the safest big city commuters.

Cities with More Than One Million Residents:

City & Overall Ranking
Collision Likelihood
Compared to National
Average
Average Years
Between Collisions
55. Phoenix, Ariz. 1.1% more likely 10.1
117. San Diego, Calif. 12.7% more likely 8.9
142. San Antonio, Texas 23.3% more likely 8.1
155. Houston, Texas 28.7% more likely 7.8
157. Chicago, Ill. 30.0% more likely 7.7
167. Dallas, Texas 32.9% more likely 7.5
171. New York, N.Y. 37.6% more likely 7.3
182. Los Angeles, Calif. 50.8% more likely 6.6
188. Philadelphia, Pa. 60.2% more likely 6.2

 

To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report, or to see previous year's results, log onto www.allstatenewsroom.com.