Auto insurer Allstate has named Fort Collins, Colorado, the safest city in which to drive on its 2014 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. This is the tenth annual report and the fourth time Fort Collins has landed at number one.
Allstate reviews crash statistics from the 200 largest cities in the U.S. to determine the order of safety in which all listed cities will appear. In addition to leading the list for the last four years, Fort Collins has been in the top ten since Allstate began to issue the report as part of its driver safety initiative. According to Allstate, on average, a driver in Fort Collins will have an accident every 14.2 years, well below the average every 10-year national median.
The least safe cities in which to drive included Boston and the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, which ranked last on the 2014 report. Worcester city saw the average driver involved in an accident once every four years, which is approximately 135 percent above the nation’s 10-year average.
Per Allstate, one of the insurer’s goals is to use the data to identify how to help drivers stay safer on the road. This year, the insurance company looked at location factors, including precipitation, total population, and population density when analyzing the statistics to see how these factors may affect driving safety and accident rates.
Based on their research, Allstate has issued location-based safety advice to drivers. Drivers who commute in cities with excessive rain or snow should keep their vehicle prepared to handle the rigors of extreme weather conditions. Should it start pouring or snowing, drivers need brake lights and headlights that are working properly for visibility to others on the road. Other aids, including brakes and windshield wipers, should also always be in working order in the event of bad weather.
Drivers who have to deal with a ton of precipitation should always know their road conditions. Everything from rain to snow requires different driving techniques and more focus to ensure safety. For example, don’t drive too close to other vehicles as you will need more braking time in wet or icy conditions.
Drivers in highly populated areas should always remain aware of what’s happening in the city before they hit the road. One way to do this is to check the local news and listen to traffic reports once you’re in your car. Traffic jams, construction and other bottlenecks increase the likelihood of an accident, so use alternative routes when you can to avoid these hazards. Big city drivers should also know where they are going at all times. It is easy to get frustrated or pay more attention to the map than the road in a large city if you’re unsure about an unfamiliar part of town.
Drivers in densely populated areas should always stay on guard. With so many people milling about, you must be prepared to stop at lights and other traffic crossings for pedestrians, as well as handle other obstacles, such as buses and delivery trucks. Always leave a little early, too. You’ll need extra driving time so you don’t end up late or have to speed to avoid being tardy. Any legal questions you may have regarding bus accidents can be answered at: www.zanerhardenlaw.com.