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2013 Allstate Best Drivers Report: Fort Collins, CO Is Safest Driving City

Image: 2013 Allstate Best Drivers Report: Fort Collins, CO Is Safest Driving City South College Avenue, the main street of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 12:47 PM

By Michael Mullins

The 2013 Allstate Best Drivers Report finds that America's safest driving city is Fort Collins, Colo.

Since Allstate started releasing their Best Drivers Reports nine years ago, Fort Collins, which consists of approximately 140,000 residents, has been featured on the list every year. The city has recieved top honors twice before.

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The report, which was released on Tuesday, ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency, to identify which cities have the safest drivers, according to Allstate.

"Allstate's Best Drivers Report was created to boost awareness about the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel, while providing drivers with tips and resources to improve their driving skills," Allstate Senior Vice President of Claims Mike Roche said in a company press release.

Boise, Idaho, and Sioux Falls, S.D., were rated the second and third safest U.S. cities by Allstate, while Eugene, Ore., rounded out the Top 10.

Larger municipalities such as New York City, which finished at 172 on the list, Los Angeles, which finished at 182, and Miami, which came in at 187, were considerably more dangerous when it came to driver safety, according to the insurance company.

The most dangerous city for driving in the U.S. is Washington D.C., according to Allstate.

An average Fort Collins driver experiences an auto collision once every 13.9 years, while drivers in Washington D.C. are involved in an automobile accident every 4.8 years on average, according to the report.

Nationwide, car crash fatalities have increased by more than 1,700 between 2011 and 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds.

The surge in car crash fatalities is the first year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005, the report notes.

Additionally, Allstate finds that the majority of collision claims involve cars that are traveling at low speeds, usually under 30 miles per hour.

"Allstate has found the most frequent collisions happen during minor fender-benders," Roche added. "But it's important to keep in mind that even lower-speed accidents can have serious outcomes."

As to why there are more collisions in big cities compared to smaller ones, Allstate suggests that noise, varying road conditions, and all around activity in the streets could have contributed to the disparity.

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