Safest Drivers in the West U.S.A. with Newer Infrastructure

Brownsville, Texas, has the safest drivers in America for the second year in a row, according to the 2019 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report Released in advance of July Fourth, the deadliest day on U.S. roads according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 15th annual report aims to start a national dialogue around the critical issue of roadway safety, celebrating the top-ranked cities’ drivers as an example for other communities.

The America’s Best Drivers Report has evolved over the past 15 years, including standardizing cities’ rankings when accounting for population density and average annual precipitation, and using Drivewise telematics data to analyze the correlation between hard braking and collisions. During that time, there have been many notable developments nationally and locally:

  • Safer roads: U.S. car collisions have decreased overall despite increases in 2015 and 2016.iv
  • Holding steady: The average driver in top-ranked cities still gets in a collision about once every 15 years.
  • Winners circle: Only five cities have earned the No. 1 spot, and all are west of the Mississippi River: Cedar Rapids, Iowa (2005), Sioux Falls, South Dakota (2006-09, 2012), Fort Collins, Colorado (2010-11, 2013-14), Brownsville, Texas (2016, 2018-19), and Kansas City, Kansas (2015, 2017).
  • Coast-to-coast: Generally, top-ranked cities are less densely populated and in the Western U.S., while many bottom-ranked ones were established earlier in U.S. history, which often means they have older infrastructure.
  • Trending: With the highest city population, New York is on an upward trend, from 173rd in 2005 to 111th this year, and the 2019 No. 1 safest driving city, Brownsville, Texas, also achieved major improvements after ranking 49th in 2005.

These are the 15 safest driving cities in America:

2019 Top 15 U.S. Cities

Avg. Years Between Collisions (National avg.: 10.57)

2018 Rank

1.  Brownsville, Texas

14.95

1

2.  Boise, Idaho

13.65

3

3.  Huntsville, Alabama

13.39

4

4.  Kansas City, Kansas

13.21

2

5.  Laredo, Texas

13.02

6

6.  Olathe, Kansas

12.66

11

7.  Fort Collins, Colorado

12.60

9

8.  Overland Park, Kansas

12.44

13

9.  McAllen, Texas

12.42

10

10.  Cape Coral, Florida

12.24

8

11.  Madison, Wisconsin

12.18

5

12.  Cary, North Carolina

12.02

14

13.  Colorado Springs, Colorado

12.01

20

14.  Port St. Lucie, Florida

11.84

12

15.  Scottsdale, Arizona

11.63

16

To mark the report’s 15th anniversary, Allstate for the first time studied its collision claim counts for streets in the 15 bottom-ranked cities to determine which roads Allstate data reveals to have more crashes. Encouraging drivers to take extra caution traversing these “Risky Roads,” the addition also urges Americans to advocate for roadway safety issues having to do with infrastructure, distractions and traffic flow.iii

Bottom 15 U.S. Cities

“Risky Roads”

200.   Baltimore, Maryland

Highway 695

199.   Washington, D.C.

Highway 295

198.   Boston, Massachusetts

Route 93

197.   Worcester, Massachusetts

Main Street

196.   Glendale, California

134 Freeway

195.   Los Angeles, California

405 Freeway

194.   Springfield, Massachusetts

Interstate 91

193.   Providence, Rhode Island

Route 95

192.   Alexandria, Virginia

Richmond Highway

191.   Oakland, California

Highway 880

190.   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Roosevelt Boulevard

189.   San Francisco, California

Highway 101

188.   Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Interstate 10

187.   Pasadena, California

210 Freeway

186.   Hayward, California

Highway 880

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