For the second year in a row, drivers in Fort Collins, Colo. received the top grade for safe driving among those from 200 major cities in the U.S.
You have to wonder why drivers in the Boston area are so bad.
You don’t have to wonder whether it is true that drivers in the Boston area are so bad. The survey is in, and the Boston area harbors bad drivers, apparently.
For the second year in a row, drivers in Boston and other large metro areas in Massachusetts rank among the worst drivers in the world, according to data collected by Allstate Insurance.
Technically, Boston is not the worst. That title goes to nearby Worcester, Mass., which edged out Boston for the top spot. But you get the idea.
The insurance company ranked drivers in 200 major U.S. cities by average years between accidents, accident likelihood against the national average, population, city density and weather.
For example, Worcester drivers have accidents every 4.3 years, are 134.8 percent more prone to accidents than the average American driver, and have to deal with the worst weather in the nation. This is Worcester’s second year atop the Allstate rankings.
Washington, D.C. took the No. 3 spot, giving a brief respite to the Boston area’s dominance, but Springfield, Mass., was listed as fourth and nearby Providence, R.I. was ranked fifth.
Just in case you are wondering, the safest drivers are those in Fort Collins, Colorado, just as they were last year. Drivers in Brownsville, Texas, Boise, Kansas City, Kan., and Huntsville, Ala. fill out the top five on the safe driver list.
Big cities did not fare well in the study. Louisville ranked 60th and Nashville ranked 63rd, while Phoenix ranked 79th and Denver ranked 88th. Detroit was 104th, Chicago was 139th, New York City was 155th and Los Angeles was 188th.
While Massachusetts had three of the bottom four cities for safe drivers, California had three of the bottom 20 – Oakland at 183, Los Angeles at 188 and San Francisco at 190.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.