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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 19:50

Safest Cities for Drivers as July 4th, the Deadliest Day on the Road, Looms

Based on Allstate Insurance Company claims data, the 2016 America's Best Drivers Report® measures vehicle collision frequency in America's 200 largest cities to determine which cities have the safest drivers. The report serves as an important safe-driving reminder as motorists prepare to hit the roads for the July Fourth holiday – which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found is the deadliest day of the year on average for drivers.

"With millions of drivers expected to hit the roads nationwide during the July Fourth weekend, our report demonstrates the importance of always putting safety first," said Glenn Shapiro, executive vice president of claims, Allstate. "The Best Drivers Report spotlights America's safest cities as we continue to heighten awareness around increasing roadway collisions that have unfortunate consequences, such as rising fatalities and potentially higher insurance costs." 


"While July Fourth is consistently the deadliest day on the road, the toll of crash deaths goes on every day, all year long," said Adrian Lund, president, IIHS. "If everyone buckles up, avoids distractions, obeys the speed limit and doesn't drink and drive, we can make July Fourth and every day on the road a lot safer."


Preventable human factors, like drunk, distracted or drowsy driving; speeding; and failure to use safety features contribute to 94 percent of car crashes. IIHS says intoxication is a significant factor in Fourth of July crash fatalities, with 42 percent between 2010 and 2014 involving at least one driver with a blood-alcohol concentration over the legal driving limit of .08.


National safety experts say drivers are now spending more time on the road and suffering more fatal collisions than in recent years. The U.S. Department of Transportation says that from March 2015 to February 2016, Americans drove 3.15 trillion miles, an increase of more than 3 percent over the previous 12 months and the largest year-to-year increase in over two decades. According to the National Safety Council, more than 38,000 roadway fatalities occurred last year, the highest count since 2008.


For the first time ever, Brownsville, Texas, is the safest-driving city on Allstate's 12th annual America's Best Drivers Report®. The average driver in Brownsville, Texas experiences an auto collision every 14.6 years, which is 31.4 percent less often than the national average of every 10 years.


July 4th Is the Deadliest Day on the Road, Says Allstate 


Each year, Allstate commends the cities that have the safest drivers on the report. The following are the top 10 safest driving cities, according to Allstate's 2016 America's Best Drivers Report:


City & Overall Ranking
Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average
Average Years Between Collisions (National Average: 10)

1. Brownsville, Texas
31.4% less likely
2. Kansas City, Kansas
26.3% less likely
3. Madison, Wisconsin
24.7% less likely
4. Cape Coral, Florida
22.3% less likely
5. Boise, Idaho
22.1% less likely
6. Huntsville, Alabama
21.4% less likely
7. Port Saint Lucie, Florida
20.1% less likely
8. Wichita, Kansas
19.7% less likely
9. Olathe, Kansas
19.6% less likely
10. Reno, Nevada
18.3% less likely

According to the company, Allstate's America's Best Drivers Report® is the result of an in-depth examination of company claims data to determine the likelihood that drivers in America's 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. This year, Allstate actuaries analyzed property damage claims reported during the two-year period of January 2013 to December 2014. A weighted average of the two-year numbers determines the annual percentages.


The report defines a collision as any auto crash resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate's auto policies represent nearly 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what's happening on America's roadways.


To read the full report, click here.

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