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Allstate names the four US cities with the riskiest drivers

Allstate names the four US cities with the riskiest drivers

Today, auto insurer Allstate released data reflecting the safest and riskiest drivers in the U.S. For the first time in 16 years, Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers report used mobility data collected from policyholders and analytics partner Arity. The study includes a list of 100 U.S. cities and their rankings for “risky” driving habits. Let’s look at the results.

Where do drivers most often pick up their phones?

The report defines “talking on the phone” as a customer’s use of a smartphone while driving. According to Allstate, drivers in Providence, Rhode Island, use their cell phones most frequently while driving. Springfield, Massachusetts, is next, with McAllen, Texas, in third place.

Who brakes hard the most?

The insurance company defined hard braking as a customer braking at more than 7 mph per second. Allstate’s data shows that drivers in Bakersfield, California, brake hard more often than in the 99 other U.S. cities included in the study. Murrieta, Temecula and Menifee in Southern California tied for second place. Fresno, California, came in third.

Where is high speed driving common?

The Best Drivers Report looks at “high-speed driving,” which is driving a car at 80 miles per hour or more. The data shows that people in Port St. Lucie, Florida, drive more than 80 miles per hour than drivers in any other city. Palm Bay and Melbourne, FL, rank second here. Provo and Orem, Utah, rank third.

Here are the overall “riskiest” drivers

According to Allstate, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the riskiest drivers overall, with the city scoring the highest average across the entire study in three “risky” driving habits.

Interestingly, the report concluded that customers who use “Drivewise,” Allstate’s driver safety app that provides feedback on driving behavior, are 25% less likely to be involved in a serious accident. This could be a chicken-and-egg situation in my opinion. I think we can assume that drivers who enroll in an optional monitoring program are more risk-averse. However, as in any other area, monitoring tends to increase personal responsibility, right?