NEW: Providence Drivers Among Worst In Country
Thursday, September 01, 2011
So you think you can drive?
Well according to the “America's Best Driver's Report” put out annually by Allstate, you can’t.
Providence dropped one slot down to 189 on the listing, which ranks the country’s largest cities in terms of car collision frequency. The capital checks in with relative accident likelihood of 66.7 percent. By comparison, the safest city on the list, Fort Collins, CO, had a relative accident likelihood of -28.6 percent.
According to the report, the average Providence driver will experience a collision every six years.
5th Worst In Country
Allstate ranks Providence as having the fifth-worst drivers in country, behind only Newark, NJ; Glendale, CA; Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC.
Among New England cities, Bridgeport (173) and Hartford (187) each rank ahead of Providence.
Fort Collins, CO; Boise, ID; Lincoln, NE; Chandler, AZ; and Huntsville, AL round out the five safest cities.
How It Works
Allstate’s analysis of company claim data determines the likelihood drivers in America's 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. The company’s internal property damage reported claims were analyzed over a two-year period (from January 2008 to December 2009) to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences such as weather or road construction.
A weighted average of the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages. The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim.
Auto crashes in general have declined dramatically over the past several decades, but crash fatalities still average more than 32,000 every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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