Brownsville Ranks Second Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report®" and Brownsville ranked second safest among America's 200 largest citiesi  in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.

This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport.

According to the report, the average driver in Brownsville will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years. Brownsville ranks third when population is considered, eighth when population density is considered and first when precipitation is considered.

"By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions," said Rick Ortiz, an Allstate agency owner in Brownsville. "We should thank all of our Brownsville best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."                                                              

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 fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.

Below is a look at how other cities in Texas finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.  

City & Overall Ranking

Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average

Average Years Between Collisions

Amarillo (34)

-8.2%

10.9

Arlington (176)

36.7%

7.3

Austin (159)

30.3%

7.7

Brownsville (2)

-29.5%

14.2

Corpus Christi (59)

2.2%

9.8

Dallas (174)

36.0%

7.4

El Paso (56)

0.8%

9.9

Fort Worth (147)

26.1%

7.9

Frisco (145)

25.9%

7.9

Garland (182)

41.8%

7.1

Grand Prairie (172)

35.9%

7.4

Houston (158)

29.4%

7.7

Irving (175)

36.0%

7.4

Killeen (129)

17.0%

8.5

Laredo (8)

-18.3%

12.2

Lubbock (40)

-4.9%

10.5

McAllen (51)

-1.2%

10.1

McKinney (166)

32.4%

7.6

Mesquite (168)

33.2%

7.5

Pasadena (95)

9.0%

9.2

Plano (150)

27.0%

7.9

San Antonio (142)

24.2%

8.1

Waco (77)

5.6%

9.5

For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Texas cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.


Texas Rankings Based on Location Factors

City (2014 rank)

Population

Population Density

Precipitation

All Factors Combined

Amarillo (34)

46

46

33

50

Arlington (176)

179

172

179

178

Austin (159)

125

170

159

162

Brownsville (2)

3

8

1

6

Corpus Christi (59)

74

103

60

105

Dallas (174)

142

175

173

164

El Paso (56)

17

69

64

46

Fort Worth (147)

105

167

149

159

Frisco (145)

154

174

144

174

Garland (182)

184

181

182

185

Grand Prairie (172)

177

186

170

187

Houston (158)

121

161

152

135

Irving (175)

178

179

175

182

Killeen (129)

138

143

128

148

Laredo (8)

12

6

12

8

Lubbock (40)

52

68

44

77

McAllen (51)

66

48

53

62

McKinney (166)

170

183

162

184

Mesquite (168)

172

177

164

179

Pasadena (95)

107

82

82

83

Plano (150)

158

150

148

155

San Antonio (142)

97

156

145

141

Waco (77)

91

137

74

134

For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:

Highly populated cities

  • Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible. 
  • Get directions to where you're going. Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.

Densely populated cities

  • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.
  • Stay alert. Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.

Cities with high levels of precipitation

  • Keep a safe distance between other drivers. Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.
  • Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations – be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.

The Report
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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. Allstate utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.

To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

i The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report® tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. 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 safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.

SOURCE Allstate Insurance Company



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