Are you a good driver? Sure about that?
Reason I ask: Psychological studies have shown that when it comes to assessing positive attributes, most people overestimate themselves, while underestimating others.
Not to burst your bubble, Baby, but a new Allstate study shows that some drivers are decidedly worse.
Among the 200 largest cities in America compared for drivers’ average years between accidents and their likelihood of a collision claim relative to the national average one every decade, the nation’s worst drivers are from the following cities:
No. 1: Baltimore, with a 163 percent greater chance of a crash
2: Boston, 157 percent
3: Washington, D.C., 156 percent
4: Worcester, Mass., 126 percent
And 5: Glendale, Calif., 95 percent.
Other cities in the “Driving Smart” viewership area harboring the most dangerous drivers include:
- Portland, Ore., at No. 11
- Atlanta at 15
- New Orleans, 21
- Seattle, 22
- Dallas, 23
- Houston, 37
- Austin, Texas, 42
- Little Rock, Ark., 43
- Charlotte, N.C., 48
Now, technically, researchers intended this list to highlight America’s safest drivers, so in that spirit of positivity, cities boasting the best drivers are:
No. 1: Brownsville, Texas, with a 26 percent less chance of a collision
2: Kansas City, Kan., 13 percent
And 3: Boise, Idaho, 12 percent
Wanna rep your town better out on the road in hopes of a better showing on next year’s Allstate report? Simple:
- Keep your eyes on the road and avoid distractions — particularly smartphones.
- Obey speed limits.
- Leave ample distance between you and the car ahead.
- And never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Go ahead, call me Captain Obvious on YouTube, but, uhhh … where does your city fall again?