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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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).
For everyone in Nashville with a story like yours there are n drivers who'll say Nashville is a safe place to drive. It averages out. It's not in the actuaries' best interest to underestimate the likelihood of an accident. ;)
I wonder why they ignored the fact that Alabama has two cities in the to ten too? (Birmingham & Huntsville)
3 of top 4 in DC metro area.
Why? Drivers from all over the nation, all with different driving customs, meeting in bad weather on choked-up roads typical of the northeast.
When it snows in DC, the Michigan-, New York- and Massachusetts- born drivers are doing 95 MPH while the Texas- and Florida- born drivers are doing 15 MPH on the same supercongested highways, as they weave across 8 lanes of traffic to move from the left-side entrance ramp to the right-side exit ramp.
For instance, on the beltway, you have to merge left six times just to stay on the damned highway.
xactly. Nothin' there, particularly......
It's hard to wreck your car when there's no-one to crash into. Comparing a congestion-choked, 12-lane, snow-clogged megahighway with anything in Huntsville is just plain silly.
And, yes, I know there are interstates in Huntsville, but it just ain't the same thing.
LOL. I don't live in Phoenix (although I once did) or in Philadelphia, so I don't care who wins.
John Prine -- The Accident (Things Could be worse)
Last night I saw an accident
on the corner of Third and Green
two cars collided and I got excited
just being part of that scene
It was Mrs. Tom Walker and her beautiful daughter
Pamela, was driving the car
they got hit by a man in a light blue sedan
who had obviously been to a bar.
It was a four way dilemma
we all arrived the same time
I yielded to the man to the right of me
and he yielded it right back to mine
well, the yield went around and around and around
till Pamela finally tried
just then the man in the light blue sedan
hit Pamela's passenger side.
Pamela hit her head on the mirror
Mrs. Walker got a bump on the knee
the man hit himself in the face and said
"Why does this happen to me?"
the neighbors came out
and they gathered about
saying "Hey! who hit who anyway?"
and the police arrived at a quarter to five
and pronounced all the victims "Okay".
I'm surprised San Antonio is that safe. You routinely have to wait 5-10 seconds after your light turns green so that all the red-light-runners get through. I've never seen drivers as bad as San Antonio, and I've driven in Michigan, NC, DC, all around...
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