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August 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Study: Seattle drivers among worst in U.S.

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Allstate Insurance released its annual “America’s Best Drivers” report today, and as usual, everyone’s eyes went straight to the bottom of the list to see which drivers are the worst.

Out of 194 cities ranked, Seattle placed in the 160th spot.  We’re not quite the worst in the nation (bragging rights go to Washington, D.C.), but we edged out Portland as the worst in the Northwest.

Seattle ranked 154th last year, so we’ve actually gotten worse.

The study, based on Allstate claims data, shows Seattle drivers to be 28.8 percent more likely than the national average to get into an accident.  We tend to go 7.8 years between collisions.

Boise drivers are easily the safest in the Northwest, going 13.9 years between accidents, on average; they are 28 percent less likely to have an accident than the typical American driver.  In fact, Boise ranked as the 2nd safest driving city in the nation, just slightly behind Fort Collins, Colorado.

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