Can You Tell a Driver’s Ability by Their Zip Code?

It seems everybody is a critic of other peoples driving these days.  Most people will often agree that some places around the US are almost sure to reveal terrible drivers.

But where are the hot spots for the worst drivers in America?

What US Zip Code Has The Worst Drivers?

Worst of the Worst

Allstate insurance data indicates that throughout the whole of the US, each driver will be involved in a collision of some kind once a decade, on average.  Going forward from this, Allstate studied their 8th annual report of insurance claims from 195 cities across the nation and was able to show which areas presented the highest probability of drivers being involved in an accident.  With number one being the city containing drivers who are most likely to be involved in an accident and the following cities having a decreasing chance of such eventuality, the following data was found:

  1.  – Washington D.C – Was ranked number one in 2011 also with drivers being 112% more likely than the national average to be involved in a collision here.
  2. – Baltimore – Ranked number two on the list in 2011.  Drivers are 88% more likely to crash here than the national average.
  3. – Providence, R.I – Ranked number five on the list in 2011.  Drivers here are 81% more likely to crash than the national average.
  4. – Hialeah, Fla – Ranked number 11 on the list in 2011.  Drivers are 78% more likely to have a crash here than the national average.
  5.  – Glendale, Calif – Ranked number three on the list in 2011.  Drivers are 76% more likely than the national average to have a crash here.
  6. – Philadelphia – Ranked number six on the list in 2011.  Drivers are 64% more likely to have a crash here than the national average.
  7. – Alexandria, Va – Ranked number 10 on the list in 2011.  Drivers are 63% more likely to have a crash here than the national average.
  8. – Newark, N.J – Ranked number four on the list in 2011.  Drivers are 59% more likely to have a crash here than the national average.
  9.  – Miami – Ranked number 16 on the list in 2011.  Drivers are 58% more likely to have a crash here than the national average.
  10.  – San Francisco – Ranked number nine on the list in 2011.  Drivers are 55% more likely to have a crash here than the national average.

On the flip side of this though, the drivers of Sioux Falls, S.D can congratulate themselves for keeping their town average of vehicular accidents down to 27.6% (nearly five times) less than the national average.  This is followed, in order, by:

  • Boise, Idaho
  • Fort Collins, Colo
  • Madison, Wisc
  • Lincoln, Neb

Why?

Most people would be forgiven for thinking that smaller towns and cities would be less likely to have a high probability of crashes in the area.  This is due to there being less traffic and slower roads in these places.  Whilst this trend is shown to be mostly correct, there are some exceptions to the rule.  For instance, Phoenix, Tuscan and Indianapolis all fare better than the national average when it comes to their driver’s ability to avoid collisions.  Alternatively, whilst Philadelphia, Miami and San Francisco all make it to the top ten worst cities for vehicular accidents, there are a number of smaller towns which present more danger than the big cities according to Allstate’s research.

On closer inspection, it seems that the layout of the roads themselves in each city may have a part to play in the dismal statistics.  One only has to look at number one on the top ten worst cities for car accidents list to see that, not only is Washington ranked worst city for bad drivers (for the 7th time out of 8 years), drivers can expect to have an accident over twice as often as the national average (one accident every 4.7 years).  It may seem odd for a city full of preventative measures such as speed cameras and heavy penalties against driving with cell phones etc.  However, when a person considers the road layout in Washington, with huge intersections where novice and careless drivers would find it easy to misjudge the situation, it is easy to see why the accident rate is so high.

Following on from this observation, we can see that out of the other cities on the list, five of them are along the East coast, where the roads were not built for modern day traffic, but rather the ambling horse and cart of yester year.

Avoid the City, Avoid the Bad Drivers?

Although the statistics may seem to indicate that if every “decent” driver avoids these places, they will be safer, anybody who knows anything will know this is not the case.

Whilst the terrain in each place can certainly have a factor in the probability of an accident occurring, so does the skill and responsibility of each driver.  The best chance fo

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