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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

August 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Study: Seattle drivers are bad — and getting worse

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Seattle places near the top on a lot of city rankings – but when it comes to driving, we’re not winning any prizes.

According to the 2014 “America’s Best Drivers Report,” released Tuesday by Allstate Insurance, Seattle drivers rank a dismal 173rd among 200 U.S. cities for our ability to stay safe on the road.

The study, based on Allstate claims data, shows Seattle drivers to be 36 percent more likely than the national average to get into an accident.

We go 7.4 years between collisions here — that’s much more frequent than the national average of 10 years.

In last year’s Allstate rankings, Seattle placed 160th. In 2012, we were 154th. Do you detect a trend here?

One bright spot: We’re no longer the most dangerous drivers in the Northwest, like we were in 2013. As it turns out, Portland drivers are getting worse even faster than we are. Dropping to 177th in the rankings from 154th last year, Portland drivers are 37.2 percent more likely than the national average to have a collision.

Boise drivers put us all to shame. They are the safest drivers in the Northwest, and rank third nationally. They go 14 years between accidents, on average. Last year, Boise ranked 2nd in the U.S.

Fort Collins, Colorado drivers are the safest drivers in the nation, as they were in 2013. The worst drivers are in Worcester, Massachusetts, beating out nearby Boston for the dubious bragging rights.

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