Bad drivers are everywhere, but look out if you drive the streets and highways of Washington, D.C.
Compared to the national average of one accident every 10 years, D.C. drivers have collisions once every 4.7 years, placing the likelihood of having a car crash in D.C. at a whopping 112.1 percent, according to the eighth annual Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.
The nation's capital ranked at the bottom of a list of the 200 largest U.S. cities, according to Allstate insurance claims, earning it the dubious title of the home of the nation's worst drivers.
Compare that to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the home of the best drivers in the U.S.A. and America's safest driving city. The average time between collisions there is once every 13.8 years. That means residents of Sioux Falls are 27.6 percent less likely to have an accident, compared with the national average of 10 years.
The top 10 most dangerous driving cities:
1. Washington, D.C.
2. Baltimore, Maryland
3. Providence, Rhode Island
4. Hialeah, Florida
5. Glendale, Pennsylvania
6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7. Alexandria, Virginia
8. Newark, New Jersey
9. Miami, Florida
10. San Francisco, California
Call them "road scholars"! The top 10 safest driving cities:
1. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2. Boise, Idaho
3. Fort Collins, Colorado
4. Madison, Wisconsin
5. Lincoln, Nebraska
6. Huntsville, Alabama
7. Chandler, Arizona
8. Reno, Nevada
9. Knoxville, Tennessee
10. Springfield, Missouri
Car crash fatalities are at the lowest level they've been since 1949, but still average more than 32,000 every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
What is the biggest cause of car crashes? Human behavior.
Allstate offers the following safe driving tips: Minimize distractions.
Engaging in any other activity while driving--talking on your cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup--is a distraction.
Be aware of road conditions.
Ice, snow, fog, rain--all of these weather conditions require extra caution and slower speeds.
Leave a safe distance between your car and others around you.
Maintain at least one car length space between your car and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed.
Steer clear of road rage.
Reduce stress on the road by allowing plenty of time for travel, planning your route in advance and altering your schedule or route to avoid congested roads. Remember not to challenge aggressive drivers and stay as far away from them as possible.
Ultimately, safety also depends on the maintenance of your car. Ensure that your car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery and hoses are in good working order.
--From the Editors at Netscape