Skip to comments.Who Ranks Best Behind The Wheel? Allstate Best Drivers Report Reveals Cities with Safest Drivers
Posted on 06/07/2005 10:01:56 AM PDT by newgeezer
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The gas giveaway was 3 blocks from my home this morning. Un(?)fortunately, I had filled up all our cars just this past weekend. Cars were lined up, two-abreast snaking through the parking lot. (Police had set up barricades to keep the lines in the lot and mostly off the street.) Radio and TV were covering it (including a helicopter for aerial views). Once in line, it was reportedly taking around 45 minutes to get to the pumps.
People are so polite here, the motorist said. "At a 'stop' sign, it's 'You go.'
No, why don't you go?'"
I hate when that happens. It slows everything down. During our rush hour (half an hour each AM & PM), the lines at the 4-way stop signs are many blocks long because of it.
I can't believe the comparatively mild stats for Jacksonville, FL.
Some of the craziest driving I've ever seen occurred there.
When will my insurance go down? Actually I can't complain, I am paying more in renters insurance than I am in car insurance!
Where was the giveaway? I missed it!
I got rear-ended in Lakewood in 2001.
Phoenix, the top-ranked city in this category, mirrors the national collision average of one accident every 10 years.
I just knew Phoenix would have a top-ranking spot in something.
Every frickin' 4-way should be replaced with a stoplight. I hate 'em.
4. Huntsville, Ala. 23.8% less likely 13.1
Yeah, I almost got arrested in Huntsville last winter. Not a good place to take Massachusetts driving habits. From anecdotal evidence of other Bay-Staters, I attribute Huntsville's relative safety to better traffic enforcement.
-- Signs mean something - Traffic signs are here to help us. "Yield, stop and school zone speed limits are meant to be followed, not ignored," Zahn said.
Yeah right. In Ft Worth the yield sign mean speed up and
have a mexican faceoff with the traffic having the ROW.
When I moved from Davenport to C.R. 23 years ago, I remember my auto insurance went down quite a lot.
Oh, come on!!! No way this could be accurate. ;-)
What does that have to do with automobile accidents?
I guess I'm confused. The chart tells me that Philadelphia is ranked worse than Phoenix, with a liklihood that one would get into a collision every 6-7 years. This is worse than once every 10 years.
"Slow down - don't speed up - when approaching a yellow light," Zahn stressed.
Wrong. The yellow light means "Floor it!"
Well, so much for those stats.
I am pretty sure these numbers are racist, what with Newark, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia near the bottom.
If more people understood how they work best -- really, they should be called a 2-way -- they'd be okay. Unfortunately, intelligence is not required to obtain a driver's license.
Is Ft. Worth in Mexico?
Drivers there must be good at avoiding collisions!
I think the chart means that Phoenix is top-ranked for fewer collisions. I guess those Philly drivers are worse than ours here.
53 years old and I've never had an accident...everyone I've hit I was aiming for!
You forgot the sarcasm tag on that.....
dunno. i'll ask around..
I live in the DC metro area (N.VA) the drivers in this area are terrible. I am cut off many times in just one day. Last nite on the way home from work, I had a green arrow for a left turn, the driver coming the other way turned right and almost hit me! I blew my horn to warn him of the impending collision, I slammed on my brakes. The driver ignored me, I did flash my brights at him as he pulled in front of me. He watched me turn into the grocery store parking lot and approached me at my car and wanted to argue and start something with me.
When he saw that I was a rather large man in height and weight, he backed off. His remarks were cut off by me, but he said he did not care who had the right of way!
I don't know how they can list Huntsville, Alabama as one of the safest cities. I live there and a person needs sonar to drive safely!
HandiMart Phillips 66, 588 Boyson Road NE (just W of C Avenue). It started around 5:20 AM. All the radio and TV stations were covering it. Newscopter 9 was hovering over the gas station from about 5:45 until sometime after I left for work at 7. The aerial views were pretty amazing. They had the cars winding through the adjacent parking lots like a queue in an amusement park (or, think Best Buy on the day after Thanksgiving).
The copter was loud enough at our house 3 blocks away that I'm real glad we don't live in the neighborhood next to the gas station.
Anonymity makes one say things here that they would NEVER say in real life.....
From the complete report, the Hall of Shame - the 10 Worst:
San Francisco, CA
All of the cities here with which I am familiar have one thing in common - they were not designed for automobiles.
I guess I'm confused.
What makes you think so?
Phoenix is ranked *best* of cities over 1 million population.
FYI, the worst city on the list is Washington, DC. 92% increased likelihood of an accident, averaging one every 5.2 years.
No need to get so personal, this is an insurance thread.
If Boston isn't on it, I don't believe it. You can get your butt kicked for Boston driving in the rest of the country.
Certainly. You wanna win, dontcha?
I assume that you're referring to the fact that when 4 cars approach one from all points of the compass, N will wait for W who'll wait for S who'll wait for E, when N+S and E+W should just alternate.
Problem is, the number of jackasses who never use their turn signals ever. If you are headed N, one of these jokers headed S will inevitably assume that it's his turn, will gleefully turn left without signalling, wreck your front end and then blame you because it was "his turn."
What you describe is a typical Atlanta driving move. Others are the left hand turn from the right hand lane across several lanes of traffic, and vice versa, and of course the old pull out from behind someone going 60 MPH in the merge lane to get ahead and cut them off because they aren't moving fast enough for you in the merge lane.
Average speed limit on Atlanta highways: 80+ MPH
Average speed limit on Atlanta surface streets: 60 MPH, and the Lord help you if you are so rude as to drive the posted speed limit or even a little above it and slow anybody down. You WILL be tailgated all the way down the surface road if there is no way for Mr. Speedy to pass you.
Ya know, I have no problem with SF on the list, cuz it's HELL to drive there, but Glendale??? Go figure.
From the article:
"Note: The Allstate data excludes cities in the state of Massachusetts, where Allstate Insurance Company does not offer insurance products."Translation: Boston is so bad, Allstate refuses to sell insurance there. ;^)
Driving around Dallas ia a nightmare. If you go 10-15 over, you'll likely to get people trying to pass you on closing lanes and such.
"I got rear-ended in Lakewood in 2001."
Oh Man.... I know this is off topic, but there's a Lakewood up here in the Cleveland area where that statement would have a whole different meaning!
Suffice it to say its kind of like the little San Francisco on Lake Erie.
All I remember about Glendale is that the cemetery is a bona fide tourist attraction. :)
This data is close to useless because it is not normalized into the number accidents per mile driven. Instead, it is provided as the number of years between accidents. The problem is that those who live near big cities typically have much longer commutes and therefore will put on more miles per year - which increases their exposure and absolute probability of having an accident. The traffic density is also higher - which also increases the probability of accidents. In order to have a truly meaningful comparison, one must measure the number of accidents over an equivalent period of exposure (i.e., per mile driven).
Considering you had the arrow and he was turning right on red, he clearly should have yielded the right of way. But, if instead you both had the green light, and you each had a separate lane to turn into, if each of you had stayed in your own lane, it'd be no problem. But, I'm often amazed at how the right-turners in that situation seem to think they have the right to turn across both lanes.
They got one city correct as being the worse drivers, Philadelphia. They will literally run over pedestrians there. I know that for a fact.
To the extent that accident insurance rates take into account where you live and drive, the data are quite useful for the purpose of setting those rates. For that purpose, there is no need to normalize for miles driven.
That's true - it is useful from an insurance perspective. However, people incorrectly view these results as somehow being indicative of the skill and quality of drivers in various cities (see above posts).
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