Allstate rates Kansas City, Kan., drivers safest, Boston drivers the worst

By Land Line staff | 6/27/2017

There are plenty of reports explaining how bad motorists are, so where are the safest drivers located? Allstate has released its annual America’s Best Drivers Report, naming the city in which motorists are the least likely to experience a collision: Kansas City, Kan.

The 13th annual Best Drivers Report is compiled from Allstate claims data, according to a press release. Based on the report and Allstate claims, the following cities ranked in the top ten safest cities to drive:

  1. Kansas City, Kan.
  2. Brownsville, Texas
  3. Madison, Wis.
  4. Huntsville, Ala.
  5. Cape Coral, Fla.
  6. Boise, Idaho
  7. Laredo, Texas
  8. Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  9. McAllen, Texas
  10. Olathe, Kan.

The average Kansas City, Kan., driver is about 32 percent less likely to experience a collision than the average U.S. driver. Residents average nearly 15 years between claims and average nearly 10 hard-braking events per 1,000 miles.

A hard-braking event is defined as slowing down eight miles per hour or more over a one-second period. Drivewise puts the national average at 19 hard-braking events every 1,000 miles.

At the bottom of the list of the top 200 cities is Boston, which averages about 3.6 years in between claims. Drivers there experience an average of 21.4 hard-braking events per 1,000 miles. The top ten least safe cities are:

  1. Philadelphia, Pa.
  2. New Haven, Conn.
  3. Los Angeles, Calif.
  4. Providence, R.I.
  5. Glendale, Calif.
  6. Springfield, Mass.
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Worcester, Mass.
  9. Baltimore, Md.
  10. Boston, Mass.

Adjusted to population density New York City ranked in the top spot for safest city, followed by Madison, Wis., and Kansas City, Kan. Boston, Worcester and Baltimore retained their bottom three spots when adjusting for population density.

When accounting for rain and snow, the list looks pretty much the same with Kansas City, Kan., maintaining its top spot and Boston securing its place at the bottom.

Anchorage, Alaska, gained the most ground since 2016 by placing 34th, up from 69th place last year.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fourth of July holiday is the deadliest day on U.S. roadways. At an average of 116 deaths each day, July and August are considered the deadliest months by IIHS.

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