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Report Ranks Cities with Safest Drivers

May 24, 2006

Residents of Sioux Falls, S.D., are the safest drivers in the United States, according to the second-annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report." This ranking of the best drivers in the 200 largest cities in America revealed that the average driver in Sioux Falls will experience an auto collision every 14.3 years, compared to the national likelihood of a crash every 10 years - making them 30 percent less likely to have an accident than the national average. Allstate researchers analyzed company claim data to determine the likelihood drivers in America's 200 largest cities would experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average.
The Top 10
Sioux Falls drivers jumped to the number one spot in this year's report. However, Iowa, Tennessee and Colorado stand out as also being home to some of the country's safest drivers. Two cities from each state drive into the top 10 on Allstate's list -- similar to the inaugural report findings in 2005. Midwestern drivers also appear to heed the safety call. Five out of the 10 top cities are in America's heartland, according to the report.

Cities with More Than 1 Million ResidentsFor the second consecutive year, drivers in Phoenix are the safest big city commuters according to Allstate. NYC moves to number three on Allstate's breakout list of cities with populations greater than 1 million people.

Cities with 500,000 to 1 Million Residents Milwaukee drivers topped the list of safest drivers in mid-sized cities with populations between 500,000 to 1,000,000 residents.

Crashes Happen According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Facts, more crashes occur on Saturdays than any other day of the week. Sunday ranked second and Friday came in third. Additionally, most collisions happen between 3 and 6 p.m. From 6 to 9 p.m. ranked second and 9 p.m. to midnight finished third. The fewest crashes occur between midnight and 3 a.m.
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