A new report from Allstate concludes that Kansas City, Kan., has the safest drivers in the U.S. overall, based on claims data. Brownsville, Texas, which finished in the No. 1 spot in last year’s report, came in second and Madison, Wis., finished third.
The average Kansas City driver is about 32% less likely to experience a collision than the average U.S. driver, according to the report.
The 13th annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” also had good news for New Yorkers. New York City climbed 27 spots from last year’s position to reach the 116th spot. Anchorage, Alaska, was the most improved city, thanks to a 35-spot jump to number 34 this year.
“We congratulate the drivers in cities that top this year’s report,” said Glenn Shapiro, Allstate’s executive vice president of claims. “Heading into the holiday weekend, we urge everyone to make safety their number one priority whenever they’re behind the wheel.”
For the third straight year, the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report also analyzed the correlation between collisions and hard-braking events in more than 100 cities, using data collected by Allstate’s Drivewise offering. Drivewise technology enables consumers to monitor their driving habits to improve safety and gain rewards on their insurance.
A hard-braking event is defined as slowing down eight miles per hour or more over a one-second period. According to national Drivewise data, the average American driver will experience approximately 19 hard-braking events for every 1,000 miles driven. Allstate found a correlation between hard-braking and collision frequency. Drivers in cities with fewer hard-braking events per 1,000 miles also tended to have fewer auto property damage claims.
The 2017 Best Drivers Report found drivers in the following cities experienced the fewest hard-braking events per 1,000 miles: Kansas City, Kan. (9.9); Madison, Wis. (9.9); Mobile, Ala. (11.9); Wichita, Kan. (12.0); and Anchorage, Alaska (12.1).