One of the nation's leading insurers, Allstate, has deemed Washington D.C. drivers some of the country's worst behind the wheel. In the insurance company's latest and greatest compilation of 'America's Best Drivers Report' might not surprise you as to which cities have the best and worst motorists. But then again, the insurer's picks just might make you raise an eyebrow or two.
So why did our nation's capital, so chock-full of overcrowded roads and oddly configured intersections, again lay claim to the title of ranking at the bottom of the totem pole with regards to drivers, Allstate spokeswoman Kate Hollcraft contends in a press release, "They've got a lot of people and a lot of cars in a small space," she said. "There are always a lot of factors that go into [the rankings], so we can't say that it's one or two. But there's absolutely something to be said for cities that are more compact or more densely populated."
Allstate analyzed its claims data for 195 cities filed between January 2010 and December 2011 to determine how likely any given driver might suffer an accident. Since Allstate represents about 10 percent of this country's insured motorists, it's claims offer a pretty accurate representation of national trends.
The ninth-annual study of the 200 largest cities in America surmised that D.C. drivers are a whopping 109 percent more likely (every 4.8 years) to be party to an accident than the typical driver in the U.S., who goes at least three fewer years than the national average without an accident.
Compared to Sioux Falls, S.D. , the town with this country's crème de la crème drivers, motorists average 13.8 years between accidents and are 27.6% less likely than the national average to smash up their cars.
Motorists in the cities of Baltimore, MD. and Providence, R.I. have nothing to brag about either, they came in with an average of 5.3 and 5.5 years between accidents, respectively.
In the congested city that never sleeps, New York, came in at a remarkable twentieth of the worst drivers in the country list, with an average of 7.1 years between accidents and 41.1% more of a chance of an accident than the national average.
Since the economy is on an upswing, more and more drivers will be getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. So according to estimates from industry experts like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, even if you drive like a 90-year-old granny on a Sunday, your chances of getting into a fender bender will increase.
Here are the top 10 cities with the worst drivers:
1) Washington D.C. (2012 ranking #1), chance of accident vs. national average 109 percent
2) Baltimore (2012 ranking #2), chance of accident vs. national average 86 percent
3) Providence, R.I. (2012 ranking #3), chance of accident vs. national average 85 percent
4) Hialeah, Fl. (2012 ranking #4), chance of accident vs. national average 79 percent
5) Glendale, CA. (2012 ranking #5), chance of accident vs. national average 76 percent
6) Philadelphia, Pa. (2012 ranking #6), chance of accident vs. national average 66 percent
7) Alexandria, Va. (2012 ranking #7), chance of accident vs. national average 62 percent
8) Miami, Fl. (2012 ranking #9), chance of accident vs. national average 59 percent
9) San Francisco, CA. (2012 ranking #10), chance of accident vs. national average 54 percent
10) Arlington, Va. (2012 ranking #8), chance of accident vs. national average 50 percent
Want to check out the complete "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report," or see previous year's results? www.allstatenewsroom.com.
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