The Allstate Insurance Company today released its ninth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report®." 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.
In the 2013 report, four Colorado cities rank on the annual list with Fort Collins named the safest driving city in America. This is the third year the city has held the top spot in the report's nine-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 13.9 years, which is 28.2 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.
"Drivers in Fort Collins are making great progress toward keeping America's roadways safer," said Phil George, Territory Sales Leader. "We salute Fort Collins for consistently being among America's best drivers and recognize their safe driving skills, which make all of our communities' safer places to live, work and raise families."
Colorado Springs was also named one of the safest driving cities in the country, landing at number 15 on the list. Denver-Lakewood and Aurora landed at 64 and 70 respectively. Of note, based on population size, Denver-Lakewood topped the list among commuters in American cities 750,000 - 1 million.
Below is a look at how cities in Colorado finished.
|Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average
|Average Years Between Collisions
|2013 Best Drivers Rank
|2012 Best Drivers Rank
||28.2% less likely
||14.7% less likely
||0.4% more likely
||2.0% more likely
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 miles per hour) collisions that take place in "stop and go" traffic locations.
"It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can practice on the road that will help make our roadways safer," said George. "Minimizing distractions, obeying traffic laws, and using your car's safety features like turn signals and headlights, are all ways to be safer, no matter where you drive."
Big-city vs. Small-city Driving
Different levels and types of traffic, noise, and activity, as well as varying road conditions and rules, can make big city driving different than driving in smaller cities or more suburban areas. Allstate offers the following tips for driving in both settings. In larger cities:
In smaller cities and suburban areas:
- Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.
- Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.
- Stay alert. Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.
- Get directions to where you're going. Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.
- Watch the speed limit. Speed limits may be greater than in city traffic, which can lead some drivers to speed up and make roads dangerous.
- Look out for pedestrians, especially children. While there are typically fewer pedestrians or obstacles than in large metropolitan areas, there are also typically fewer crosswalks, so pedestrians may be less aware of traffic rules such as where and when to cross the street.
- Know the rules of the road. Suburban streets typically have fewer streetlights and signs, or greater distance between lights and signs. This means darker conditions when driving at night and less opportunity to be reminded of speed limits and other road rules throughout the day.
- Keep a safe distance - especially around large vehicles. Large vehicles like semi-trucks are more likely found on suburban roads than in large metro areas. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and others, and know that truck drivers might have limited visibility. If you attempt to pass a truck, make sure you have plenty of time and space to maneuver safely.