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Monday, September 10, 2012

Best and Worst Cities for Texas Drivers

Allstate Insurance has come out with its annual ranking of the best and worst cities in America to drive. For Texans, there's some good news and some bad news about the list.


Allstate actuaries looked at crash claims in the top 200 cities in America by population and ranked them "in terms of car collision frequency." The list actually includes only 195 cities because Allstate does not serve every one of the top 200 cities in the US.

The top ranked city in America for safe drivers is Sioux Falls, South Dakota where the average driver will experience a collision only every 13.8 years or 27.6 percent less than the US average total of a collision every 10 years. The worst US city is Washington DC with a chance of a collision every 4.7 years.

No city in Texas made it into the top ten list however one city, Brownsville, made it into the top 25, coming in at 25 with an average of 11.4 years between collisions or 12.1 percent below the national average. Unfortunately, Texas made it into the bottom 25 with Garland coming in at number 179 with a collision frequency of 7.1 years, 41.6 percent above the national average. 

Of course it’s hard to compare driving conditions in Houston, the fourth largest city in the US with those in Killeen, which comes in at 191 in terms of population but each type of city has its own set of driving dangers.  Allstate offers the following safe driving advice for drivers in large cities and small towns:


In larger cities, drivers should:

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

In smaller cities and suburban areas, drivers should:


  • Watch the speed limit. Speed limits may be greater than in city traffic, which can lead some drivers to speed up and make roads dangerous.
  • Look out for pedestrians, especially children. While there are typically fewer pedestrians or obstacles than in large metropolitan areas, there are also typically fewer crosswalks, so pedestrians may be less aware of traffic rules such as where and when to cross the street.
  • Know the rules of the road. Suburban streets typically have fewer streetlights and signs, or greater distance between lights and signs. This means darker conditions when driving at night and less opportunity to be reminded of speed limits and other road rules throughout the day. 
  • Keep a safe distance - especially around large vehicles. Large vehicles like semi-trucks are more likely found on suburban roads than in large metro areas. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and others, and know that truck drivers might have limited visibility. If you attempt to pass a truck, make sure you have plenty of time and space to maneuver safely.



To see where your Texas city ranked, look at the table below. To see the full report, go to: www.allstatenewsroom.com.


City
Best Driver Rank
Population Rank
Avg Yrs Between Collisions
Collision Likelihood (to National Average)
Amarillo
52
121
10.2
-2.1%
Arlington
171
50
7.4
35.4%
Austin
149
13
8.1
23.9%
Brownsville
25
132
11.4
-12.1%
Corpus Christi
64
60
10
0.5%
Dallas
167
9
7.5
32.8%
El Paso
84
19
9.6
3.7%
Fort Worth
138
16
8.5
17.7%
Garland
179
86
7.1
41.6%
Grand Prairie
155
131
7.8
27.9%
Houston
153
4
7.9
25.9%
Irving
165
93
7.6
31.5%
Killeen
132
191
8.6
16.0%
Laredo
28
80
11.3
-11.5%
Lubbock
61
83
10.1
-0.6%
McAllen
34
188
11.1
-9.8%
McKinney
130
186
8.6
15.7%
Mesquite
157
176
7.8
28.4%
Pasadena
125
160
8.7
14.5%
Plano
159
70
7.7
29.2%
San Antonio
141
7
8.3
20.4%
Waco
93
198
9.4
6.1%

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