The use of Baltimore’s iconic term of endearment can’t even soften the blow: For the second year in a row, Allstate has ranked the drivers in Maryland’s biggest city as the worst in the country. Baltimoreans have a 153 percent greater chance of getting in a collision than the national average.
Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report ranks America’s 200 largest cities by the average number of years between collision claims and their likelihood of a claim relative to the national average. Countrywide, we average about 10.6 years between crashes, but in Baltimore, that number is just more than four years.
Who else is bad? Here are the top five cities with the worst drivers (i.e., the bottom finishers on the Allstate report):
1. Baltimore: 4.19 years between collisions
2. Washington, D.C.: 4.36 years
3. Boston: 4.89 years
4. Worcester, Mass.: 5.14 years
5. Glendale, Calif.: 5.31 years
For its 15th anniversary, the report also outlined which thoroughfares in these worst-driving cities are the riskiest based on the number of claims:
- Baltimore: Highway 695
- Washington, D.C.: Highway 295
- Boston: Route 93
- Worcester, Mass.: Main Street
- Glendale, Calif.: 134 Freeway
As for the reason these five cities are at the bottom of the list — all five, actually, for the second year in a row — Allstate points to a number of factors. Densely populated cities fare worse than more sparse ones, and cities with older infrastructure also tend to fall on the lower end of the list.
Still, New York — the largest city in the nation and one of the oldest — sits at No. 111, comfortably mid-pack and up from 173rd place, where it was when the report debuted in 2005. Turns out there’s just no excuse for bad driving.
The real purpose of the list, however, isn’t to call out the worst drivers in the country, nor to affirm your belief that the reason your commute is bad is because the drivers are. The real reason for the ranking is to highlight which cities are doing their best in the business of roadway safety. (It is called America’s Best Drivers Report, after all.)
To give you a little hope, as well as something to aspire to, here are the 10 cities with the best drivers in America, according to Allstate:
1. Brownsville, Texas: 14.95 years between collisions (No. 1 for the second year in a row)
2. Boise, Idaho: 13.65 years
3. Huntsville, Ala.: 13.39 years
4. Kansas City, Kan.: 13.21 years
5. Laredo, Texas: 13.02 years
6. Olathe, Kan., 12.66 years
7. Fort Collins, Colo., 12.60 years
8. Overland Park, Kan., 12.44 years
9. McAllen, Texas, 12.42 years
10. Cape Coral, Fla., 12.24 years
Ken Rosen, Allstate’s chief claims officer, said the goal of the report is ultimately to make the roads safer.
“Each of us needs to ask how we can do our part in our day-to-day lives and for our communities,” he said in a statement.
Want to get your city a little higher on the list? (We’re looking at you, Baltimore.) Allstate made these recommendations:
- Obey speed limits.
- Never drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Minimize distractions that take your eyes and attention off the road.
- Wear your seat belt, and make sure your passengers are, too.
- Leave room between your car and vehicles ahead of you — remember, the faster you’re going, the more space you should allow for braking time.
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