Fort Collins, Colorado, drivers are the safest in the U.S., according to Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report, which was released yesterday. Allstate Insurance Company’s ninth annual such report includes four Colorado cities in its ranking of the 200 largest cities in the U.S. Allstate writes: “Allstate’s auto policies represent about 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what’s happening on America’s roadways.”
The report is based on the insurance company’s claims data, and ranks the cities according to how often car accidents take place in them. In addition to Fort Collins — which is number one on the list — the list includes the Colorado cities of Colorado Springs (at number 15), Denver-Lakewood (at number 64), and Aurora (at number 70).
This is the third year that Fort Collins has taken top honors by having the number one place on the list, according to an Allstate press release. The report finds that the average Fort Collins driver experiences a car crash once every 13.9 years, a full 28.2% less likely than the national average of 10 years. Last year, the city ranked number three on the list.
As Howard Pankratz writes for The Denver Post:
‘Drivers in Fort Collins are making great progress towards keeping America’s roadways safe,’ Phil George of Allstate said in a statement. ‘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 place to live, work and raise families.’
The Post notes that drivers in Colorado Springs are 14.7% less likely to crash their vehicles, with an average of 11.7 years between accidents. However, drivers in the Denver-Lakewood region are .4% more likely to have a crash than the national average, and have on average 10 years between collisions; and in Aurora, drivers are 2% more likely than the national average to have a crash. The press release points out that based on its population size, Denver-Lakewood topped the list among commuters in American cities with populations of 750,000 to 1 million.
As this blog has reported, there was an estimated 5.3% increase in traffic fatalities in the last year, with a total of more than 34,000 in 2012, the first increase in traffic deaths in seven years, according to the AAA. Allstate found that 70% of vehicles involved in accident claims were considered drivable, showing that most claims are the result of low speed accidents (under 35 miles per hour) that take place in “stop and go” traffic.
George said it is vital to educate American drivers about safe driving practices to help make roads safer, and added: “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.”