To be clear from the outset, we at Clark and Steinhorn have very little confidence or trust in the "Good Hands People" at Allstate.  Nonetheless, their " "America's Best Drivers" report generates a good deal of media fodder and we would be remiss if we didn't observe that it was just last year that the District of Columbia was proclaimed as having the safest roads in America, with Maryland not far behind. http://www.maryland-law.com/blog/district-of-columbia-safest-roads-in-america.cfm

Maryland drivers reportedly had the nation's fourth safest roadways and so one inevitably asks how can Baltimore and Washington drivers be the seventh and eighth "worst" in the United States in Allstate's survey? http://www.maryland-law.com/blog/maryland-roadways-are-among-nations-safest.cfm 

Not suprisingly, the surveys measured different things. Allstate utilized statistics involving years between crashes and collision likelihood and Saferoads was looking at car and truck crash deaths and injuries in Maryland and the District of Columbia. 

Allstate's champion was Fort Collins, Colo. which is more or less the same area as D.C. but with 25% of the population. Second prize goes to Boise, Idaho which has a third the Districts population in a larger metro area. Third, is Lincoln, Nebraska with 40% of the Districts population in a larger area as well.

Seeing a trend? More densely populated areas have more collisions more frequently. Shocking isn't it? I guess that is why Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles are among the nation's "worst" drivers.

On the other hand you are more likely to die or get injured in a car or truck crash on the roadways where America's best drivers predominate. Thus, there is a problem when cities are given labels like the nation's worst drivers even though they are actually places where you are less likely to die in a crash.

On balance I will choose the District and Maryland where crashes may be more frequent but far less deadly thank you. It does make one wonder if Allstate cares more about paying property damage claims than reducing carnage on America's highways


 
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