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Allstate Releases 5th Annual 'Allstate America's Best Drivers Report'

July 09, 2009

The Allstate Insurance Company released its fifth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report." July 8. The report ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers according to Allstate data. This year's report highlights America's most improved motorists.

This year's top honor of "America's Most Improved Driving City" is Alexandria, Va. According to the report, the average driver in Alexandria will experience an auto collision every 7.2 years, an improvement of 1.8 years since 2005. Allstate will congratulate motorists in Alexandria for their safe driving improvements with a free gas giveaway, delivering some unexpected relief from high gas prices.

"We are thrilled to see cities making progress toward keeping America's roadways safer," said Mike Roche, senior vice president, Allstate's Claim Organization. "Allstate has a strong history in promoting safe driving, and The Allstate America's Best Driver's Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. We salute America's best drivers and recognize their improved driving skills, which make all of our communities better places to live, work and raise families."

Alexandria city officials were proud to be recognized for their progress in driving safety, but realize there is still room for more improvements and continue working with residents to help make roads even safer.

"We are very pleased that Alexandria has been recognized as America's Most Improved Driving City. This important recognition demonstrates that our residents are committed to safe, attentive driving practices on our roads. We will continue to encourage Alexandria drivers to be safe and smart behind the wheel, hopefully ensuring that accidents rates will remain low," says Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille.

Auto crashes in general have declined over the last few years, but crash fatalities still average around an alarming 40,000 every year despite technological advances according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Human error is the biggest cause of accidents. It is vital for us to educate drivers across the country on the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel," said Roche.

Allstate offers the following safe driving tips drivers should consider:

  • Minimize distractions - Engaging in any other activity while driving - talking on your cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup - is a distraction.
  • Be aware of road conditions - Ice, snow, fog, rain - all of these weather conditions require extra caution and slower speeds.
  • Leave a safe distance between your car and others around you - Maintain at least one car length space between your car and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed.
  • Steer clear of road rage - Reduce stress on the road by allowing plenty of time for travel, planning your route in advance, and altering your schedule or route to avoid congested roads. Remember not to challenge aggressive drivers and stay as far away from them as possible.
  • Maintenance matters - Ultimately, safety also depends on the maintenance of one's car. Ensure that car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery, and hoses are in good working order.

The Top Ten

Drivers from Sioux Falls, S.D. maintained their status as the safest driving city in this year's report for the fourth consecutive year. However, two new cities championed their way into the top ten, Eugene, Ore. and Boise, Idaho.

City & Overall Ranking

Collision Likelihood
Compared to National
Average

Average Years
Between Collisions

1. Sioux Falls, S.D.

-26.1% less likely

13.5

2. Fort Collins, Colo.

-24.6% less likely

13.3

3. Chattanooga, Tenn.

-21.4% less likely

12.7

4. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

-20.7% less likely

12.6

5. Knoxville, Tenn.

-19.0% less likely

12.3

6. Fort Wayne, Ind.

-18.4% less likely

12.2

7. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.

-17.7% less likely

12.1

8. Eugene, Ore.

-16.3% less likely

11.9

9. Boise, Idaho

-15.4% less likely

11.8

10. Colorado Springs, Colo.

-15.0% less likely

11.8

 

To view the complete "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report," or to see previous year's results, log onto www.allstatenewsroom.com.

 

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