There’s a rumor floating around that Bostonians are the opposite of wicked pissah drivers. What’s that word again… Masshole? Yeah, you get it. The latest study from insurance giant Allstate suggests that this notion is actually true. In fact, according to Allstate, Worcester is the only city out of the top 200 largest in the country that has worse drivers than Boston.
Allstate’s 10th annual Best Drivers Report measured 50,000 drivers insured by the company between July 1, 2012 and 2013. Analyzing these drivers against factors like average years between accidents, relative accident likelihood, population density and precipitation Allstate determined that the best driving city in the country is Fort Collins, Colorado. Worcester, Boston, Washington D.C., Springfield and Providence, R.I. rounded out the bottom five.
“Fort Collins has placed in the top ten every year since the report’s inception,” noted Allstate in a press release. “This year, the results indicate the average driver inFort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of every 10 years.”
People love to hate on Bostonians for being
poor aggressive drivers, some of which has to do with our collective temperament behind the wheel; some with the weather conditions as Allstate takes into consideration; and some with our seemingly incoherent roadways.
But the fact of the matter is: studies like these are utterly subjective and are really more of a loose benchmark, if anything, for determining the best and worst drivers in the country.
After all, Allstate’s study doesn’t include people insured by other companies. A similar study conducted less than a year ago, using data and statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association, and Mothers Against Drink Driving –and therefore, possibly, making it more credible – determined that Massachusetts was among the top 10 best driving states in the country. This survey included Washington D.C., which was also in the upper echelon of its findings – but at the bottom of the barrel of Allstate’s.
And while comparing statewide data to citywide data can be a lot like comparing apples to oranges, the lion’s share of Massachusetts’ population resides in Worcester, Boston and Springfield. Combined, the three cities encapsulate roughly 15 percent of the Commonwealth’s entire 6.65 million residents according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau Data.
So I put it to you, eager reader. Do you agree with Allstate’s results or do you take them with a grain of salt? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
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