Monday, 5 September, 2011 10:17 PM
Seventh Annual "Allstate
America's Best Drivers Report™" Reveals Safest Driving
Collins, Colorado, wins top honor second year in a row
-- The Allstate Insurance Company (NYSE: ALL) today released
its seventh annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™."
The report ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision
frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers, according
to Allstate claim data.
This year's top honor
of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colo.,
the second year in the row for the city at the top spot. According
to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience
an auto collision every 14 years, which is 28.6 percent less likely
than the national average of 10 years.
Driver's Report was created to boost the country's discussion on
safe driving. Each year we hope the report will increase awareness
on the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel,"
said Mike Roche, executive vice president, Allstate's Claim Organization.
"We want to recognize the city of Fort Collins for again being
the safest driving city in America, and we salute all of America's
safe drivers, who help make our communities better places to live,
work and raise families."
Fort Collins city officials
credit their residents with earning the safe driving recognition.
"For the second
year in a row, we've earned the title of the safest driving city
in America due to the responsible behavior and safe driving habits
of our residents," said Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat.
"Safety is a critical component to creating a world-class city;
we have our residents to thank as they are undoubtedly the reason
Fort Collins is one of the best places to live, work, and play.
I'm honored to be a part of a community that is consistently recognized
as one of the nation's best."
Auto crashes in general
have declined over the last few years, but crash fatalities still
average more than 32,000 every year despite technological advances,
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
is the biggest cause of accidents. It is vital for us to educate
American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can demonstrate
on the road that will help make our roadways safer," said Roche.
Allstate offers the following
safe driving tips drivers should consider:
- 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
– 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.
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.
For the past seven years,
Allstate actuaries have conducted an in-depth analysis of company
claim data to determine the likelihood drivers in America's 200
largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the
national average. Internal property damage reported claims were
analyzed over a two-year period (from January 2008 to December 2009)
to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences
such as weather or road construction.
A weighted average of
the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages. The report
defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage
claim. Allstate's auto policies represent about 10 percent of all
U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what's
happening on America's roadways.
To view the complete
Allstate America's Best Drivers Report, or to see previous year's
results, log onto www.allstatenewsroom.com.
For more information
on how your safe driving record can save you money on your insurance,
including cash off your renewal bill and cash off your deductible,
contact an Allstate agent or call 1-800-ALLSTATE.
The Allstate Corporation
(NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines
insurer known for its "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®"
slogan. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate
is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million
households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow.
Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and
retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent
agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the
U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com
and 1-800 Allstate®.
Note: The Allstate data
excludes cities in the state of Massachusetts. Other cities not
represented by any zip codes found in Allstate data: West Valley,
Utah, Coral Springs, Fla., Lakewood, Colo., and Pembroke Pines,
Fla. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost
the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness
of the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel.
The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. A state
specific adjustment was utilized for the Michigan cities to account
for the unique coverage offered in that state.
Source: Allstate Insurance