Chicago ranked 150th safest city for driving: Allstate

August 29, 2013 4:52:28 AM PDT
When it comes to driving safety, Chicago has landed in the bottom quarter of a 200-city list put together by insurance company Allstate.

Its ninth annual Allstate America's Best Drivers Report, based on Allstate claims data, ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers.

This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" went to Fort Collins, Colorado, the third time in report history that this city has held the top spot. Fort Collins has placed in the top ten every year since the report's inception. This year, the results indicate the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 13.9 years, which is 28.2 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.

According to the most recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crash fatalities increased by more than 1,700 from 2011 to 2012, the first year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005. While fatalities have increased over the past year, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions.

Different levels and types of traffic, noise and activity, as well as varying road conditions and rules, can make big city driving different than driving in smaller cities or more suburban areas.

Allstate's auto policies represent about 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies.

City & Overall Ranking
1. Fort Collins, Colo.
2. Boise, Idaho
3. Sioux Falls, S.D.
4. Brownsville, Texas
5. Madison, Wis.
6. Reno, Nev.
7. Huntsville, Ala.
8. Visalia, Calif.
9. Montgomery, Ala.
10. Eugene, Ore.

For the ninth year in a row, motorists in Phoenix topped the list among commuters in American cities with more than one million people.

City & Overall Ranking
71. Phoenix, Ariz.
127. San Diego, Calif.
141. San Antonio, Texas
150. Chicago, Ill.
151. Houston, Texas
170. Dallas, Texas
172. New York, N.Y.
181. Los Angeles, Calif.
189. Philadelphia, Pa.

Cities holding the top spot for their respective city size:

City & Overall Ranking
64. Denver & Lakewood, Colo. 750,000 ? 1 million
20. Tucson, Ariz. 500,000 ? 749,999
11. Mesa, Ariz. 250,000 ? 499,999

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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