ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Allstate Insurance Company has released its ninth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report®.” The report, based on Allstate claims data, ranks America’s 200 largest cities The report analyzes cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, ranked as of July 1, 2012.
In the 2013 report, Rockford ranks as one of the safest driving cities, landing at 28 on the list, an improvement of seven spots over last year. According to the report, the average driver in Rockford will experience an auto collision every 11.2 years.
“Drivers in Rockford are making great progress toward keeping America’s roadways safer,” said David Hewitt Allstate Territory Sales Leader in Illinois. “We salute Rockford’s best drivers and recognize their safe driving skills, which make all of our communities safer places to live, work and raise families.”
The Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year’s top honor of “America’s Safest Driving City” is Fort Collins, Colorado, the third year the city has held the top spot in the report’s nine-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 13.9 years, which is 28.2 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.
Below is a look at how the ranked cities in Illinois compare.
City & Overall Ranking Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average Average Years Between Collisions
Rockford (28) -10.3% 11.2
Joliet (47) -3.2 10.3
Aurora (96) 6.4% 9.4
Naperville (106) 8.8% 9.2
Chicago (150) 25.2% 8
According to the most recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crash fatalities increased by more than 1,700 from 2011 to 2012, the first year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005. While fatalities have increased over the past year, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions that take place in “stop and go” traffic locations.
“It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can practice on the road that will help make our roadways safer,” said Hewitt. “Minimizing distractions, obeying traffic laws, and using your car's safety features like turn signals and headlights, are all ways to be safer, no matter where you drive.”
To view the complete “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report,” or to see previous year’s results, log onto www.allstatenewsroom.com.