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Many Las Vegans would not be surprised by a 2008 “America’s Best Driver’s” report released by Allstate Insurance Company in July that shows Vegas drivers are some of the worst in the country. The report ranks Las Vegas at a low 165 among 193 American cities ranked from the best to the worst drivers.
Although the report was compiled with only Allstate company data, Allstate’s auto policies represent about 12 percent of all U.S. auto policies, which they say makes the report an accurate one. Allstate researchers looked at the frequency of accidents to come up with the list. The report ranks cities according to their accident rate, which is based on the average years a driver goes between accidents. The accident rate for Las Vegas was 7.9 years between collisions.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota was named as the city with the best drivers, with an average of 14.6 years between collisions followed by Fort Collins, Colorado with 13.4 years as an average and Chattanooga, Tennessee close behind with 13.3.
According to the report, the city with the worst drivers is Washington, D.C., with an average of only 5.4 years between accidents, trailed by Glendale, California and Baltimore, Maryland both with an average of 5.9 years.
The report noted that although auto accidents have declined over the last few years, accident fatalities still average around 40,000 a year and a much higher number result in permanent disability. To influence drivers to be safer throughout the U.S., Allstate offered the following driving tips:
· Avoid disastrous distractions
· Take extra care in wild weather
· Never drive while drowsy
· Steer clear of road rage
· Maintain your vehicle
By following those simple rules, and all traffic laws, Las Vegas can take a significant leap up the ranks on Allstate’s 2009 report. I hope to hear good news with the release of next year’s report!