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What cities have the worst drivers?

By Crissinda Ponder · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Posted: 5 pm ET

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If you're a Massachusetts resident, congratulations! You're living among the worst drivers in the nation, according to a new report.

That's right: Three places in the Bay State -- Worcester, Boston and Springfield -- hold spots at or near the top of a list of unsafe cities as determined by Allstate Insurance. Each year, the company ranks the 200 largest cities in the U.S. by car collision frequency.

15 cities with the worst drivers

Rank City Average no. of years between accidents
1 Worcester, MA 4.3
2 Boston 4.4
3 Washington 5.1
4 Springfield, MA 5.4
5 Providence, RI 5.4
6 Baltimore 5.4
7 Glendale, CA 5.8
8 Alexandria, VA 5.9
9 Philadelphia 6.2
10 New Haven, CT 6.3
11 San Francisco 6.4
12 Hialeah, FL 6.5
13 Los Angeles 6.5
14 Pittsburgh 6.6
15 Miami 6.7

Source: Allstate America's Best Drivers Report, 2014.

Allstate says a driver in Worcester -- which has the worst drivers overall -- is likely to have a collision every 4.3 years, compared with once every 14.2 years in Fort Collins, Colorado, the city at the opposite end of the ranking. Fort Collins has claimed the title as the safest place for drivers in four out of the 10 years that the report has been around.

The study also factors in population, population density and precipitation to separate the good drivers from the bad.

"A big part of our job at Allstate is to help our customers prevent bad things from happening," Mike Roche, executive vice president of claims for Allstate, says in a statement. "With that in mind, our actuaries reviewed millions of records to develop this year's report, which presents new data to equip them with better driving awareness tools."

The report includes an interactive map showing all 200 cities. Allstate says its auto policies represent nearly 10 percent of the U.S. auto insurance market, making its report a "realistic snapshot" of the current situation on America's roads.

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42 Comments
stella
September 18, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I guess they never have drove in Michigan. Michigan should be on the worst especially in the winter. They are alway on your rear end and cutting off making right hand turns from left lane or middle lane and all got to be first. They could care less about the speed limit and the cops see what they are doing wrong and all they do is ignore it.On snow and icey road they are right on you and they don't care how bad the roads are. They even run the red light in them kind of condition and they could careless about safety of anyone.

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