Fort Collins, Colorado Named America's Safest Driving City
- America's Best Drivers Report by Allstate, which ranks 200 of the biggest cities, named Fort Collins, Colorado as "America's Safest Driving City."
- The results show the average driver in Fort Collins experiences a collision every 13.9 years, which is 28.2 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.
- Washington, D.C. ranks at the bottom of Allstate's list for the second year in a row.
NORTHBROOK, Illinois — Mountain air must be good for driving, as Allstate America's Best Drivers Report named Fort Collins, Colorado as "America's Safest Driving City," the third time in report history that this city has held the top spot.
Washington, D.C. ranks at the bottom of Allstate's list for the second year in a row.
Boise, Idaho, holds the number two spot, while Sioux Falls, South Dakota.; Brownsville, Texas and Madison, Wisconsin round out the top five.
The report, based on Allstate claims data, ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car-collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers.
The results show the average driver in Fort Collins experiences a collision every 13.9 years, which is 28.2 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years. Fort Collins has placed in the top 10 every year since the report's inception nine years ago.
Washington, D.C., conversely, ranks at the bottom of Allstate's list for the second year in a row. Collisions occur every 4.8 years, which is 109.3 percent more likely than the national average.
Baltimore, Maryland holds the second worst record.
Phoenix is home to the safest drivers in cities that have a population of 1 million or more. It's a title they've held for nine straight years. San Diego, San Antonio, Chicago and Houston are the next safest highly populated cities.
Allstate commissioned the report to boost awareness about the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel.
According to the most recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car-crash fatalities increased by more than 1,700 from 2011 to 2012, the first year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005.
While fatalities have increased over the past year, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 mph) collisions.
"Allstate has found the most frequent collisions happen during minor fender-benders, but it's important to keep in mind that even lower-speed accidents can have serious outcomes," said Mike Roche, senior vice president of claims, Allstate, in a statement.
To get these results, Allstate actuaries analyzed internal property damage claims over a two-year period (from January 2010 to December 2011) to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences such as weather or road construction. The weighted average of the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages.
View the entire report here.
Edmunds says: Washington, D.C.'s "worst" ranking could give late-night comedians fodder for future monologues.