Illinois-based insurer, Allstate, has named Brownsville, Texas, the city with America’s safest drivers.
The ranking is based on Allstate claims data. The 14th annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report spotlights safe driving leading up to the busy Labor Day travel weekend – a particularly deadly time of year on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The report ranks the 200 largest cities in America based on collision frequency. The average driver in America will experience a collision approximately once every 10 years, according to Allstate claims data. In top-ranked Brownsville, that figure improves by about 26 percent to once every 13.6 years. The following are the top 10 safest-driving cities, according to this year’s Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report:
|City & Overall Ranking||Average Years
(National Average: 10)
|Collision Likelihood Compared to
|1. Brownsville, TX||13.6||26.3% less likely|
|2. Kansas City, KS||13.1||23.8% less likely|
|3. Boise, ID||12.2||17.8% less likely|
|4. Huntsville, AL||11.9||16.1% less likely|
|5. Madison, WI||11.8||15.4% less likely|
|6. Laredo, TX||11.7||14.4% less likely|
|7. Midland, TX||11.7||14.2% less likely|
|8. Cape Coral, FL||11.6||14.1% less likely|
|9. Fort Collins, CO||11.6||14.0% less likely|
|10. McAllen, TX||11.5||13.4% less likely|
Other highlights from the 2018 report include Miami as the most improved driving city, jumping 37 spots on the report, and Spokane, Washington, dropping 37 spots from last year’s rankings after a 12-spot drop the year before.
For the fourth straight year, the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report also analyzed the correlation between collisions and hard-braking events in more than 100 cities, using data collected by Drivewise, Allstate’s telematics program that personalizes the auto insurance experience by providing real-time driving feedback and then rewarding safe driving with cash.
A hard-braking event is defined as slowing down eight miles per hour or more over a one-second period and can indicate unsafe driving behaviors, such as following too closely or aggressive or distracted driving. According to Drivewise data, the average American driver will experience approximately 19 hard-braking events for every 1,000 miles driven. Drivers in cities with fewer hard-braking events per 1,000 miles tend to have fewer auto property damage claims.
Drivers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, amassed the most hard-braking events of any city in America, with an average of 42 events per 1,000 miles. The next closest city – Bridgeport, Connecticut – came in significantly lower at 34.8 hard-braking events per 1,000 miles.
The 2018 Best Drivers Report found drivers in the following cities experience the fewest hard-braking events per 1,000 miles:
|Cities with the Fewest Hard-Braking Events per 1,000 Miles|
|Sioux Falls, SD||12.9|
|Des Moines, IA||14.1|
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