Seattle drivers among worst in America, study says

Seattle drivers among worst in America, study says

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Seattle drivers among worst in America, study says

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Seattle drivers are bad. That’s according to Allstate Insurance’s annual ranking of America’s best drivers.

Seattle ranks 160th on this year’s list. Allstate says the average Seattle driver will be in an auto collision once every 7.8 years. That’s 28.8 percent more likely than the national average, based on Seattle's population size.

Not surprisingly, cities with lower populations tended to do better in the rankings. Fort Collins, Colo., tops the list for the best drivers followed by Boise, Idaho and Sioux Falls, SD.

Washington, DC ranks at the bottom with the average driver in a collision once every 4.8 years.

Allstate says 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable. It's a sign that most claims result from low-speed collisions in stop-and-go traffic. Sounds like Seattle, doesn't it?

Here are the top 10 and notable Northwest cities. The number in parentheses is their population rank in the survey.

1.   Fort Collins, Colo. (161) - 13.9 years between accidents

2.   Boise, Idaho (101) – 13.9 years between accidents

3.   Sioux Falls, SD (148) – 12.8 years between accidents

4.   Brownsville, Texas (131) – 12.7 years between accidents

5.   Madison, Wis. (83) – 12.5 years between accidents

6.   Reno, Nev. (90) – 12.5 years between accidents

7.   Huntsville, Ala. (127) - 12.5 years between accidents

8.   Visalia, Calif. (193) – 12.3 years between accidents

9.   Montgomery, Ala. (107) – 11.9 years between accidents

10.  Eugene, Ore. (153) – 11.9 years between accidents

45.  Spokane (105) – 10.3 years between accidents

77.  Salem, Ore. (154) – 9.7 years between accidents

82.  Vancouver (145) – 9.5 years between accidents

144. Tacoma (110) – 8.1 years between accidents

154. Portland (27) – 7.9 years between accidents

160. Seattle (22) – 7.8 years between accidents

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