Bad drivers are everywhere, but look out if you drive the streets and highways of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Compared to the national average of one accident every 10 years, Worcester drivers have collisions once every 4.3 years.
That places the likelihood of having a car crash in this waterfront Massachusetts town at a whopping 134.8 percent when compared with the national average, according to the 10th annual Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.
Worcester is 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 Fort Collins, Colorado, the home of the best drivers in the U.S.A. and America's safest driving city, where the average time between collisions is 14.2 years. That means residents of Fort Collins are 29.6 percent less likely to have an accident, compared with the national average of 10 years. Fort Collins has placed in the top 10 best driving cities every year since the report's inception.
The top 10 most dangerous driving cities:
1. Worcester, Massachusetts
2. Boston, Massachusetts
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Springfield, Massachusetts
5. Providence, Rhode Island
6. Baltimore, Maryland
7. Glendale, California
8. Alexandria, Virginia
9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10. New Haven, Connecticut
Call them "road scholars"! The top 10 safest driving cities:
1. Fort Collins, Colorado
2. Brownsville, Texas
3. Boise, Idaho
4. Kansas City, Kansas
5. Huntsville, Alabama
6. Montgomery, Alabama
7. Visalia, California
8. Laredo, Texas
9. Madison, Wisconsin
10. Olathe, Kansas
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.
- Maintenance matters.
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