According to a press release published on June 28, 2016 by Allstate Insurance Company, the Rio Grande Valley is home to the safest-driving city in the United States! Brownsville, Texas was first on Allstate’s 12th annual America’s Best Drivers Report®. The report is released days before the 4th of July, which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found to be the deadliest day of the year for drivers. It serves as a reminder to be safe when traveling on this holiday.
The information is based on Allstate Insurance Company’s claims data. Reported vehicle collisions were used to determine which of America’s 200 largest cities have the lowest frequency of auto collisions. “The average driver in Brownsville, Texas, experiences an auto collision every 14.6 years, which is 31.4 percent less often than the national average of every 10 years,” reports Allstate.
“With millions of drivers expected to hit the roads nationwide during the July Fourth weekend, our report demonstrates the importance of always putting safety first,” said Glenn Shapiro, executive vice president of claims, Allstate. “The Best Drivers Report spotlights America’s safest cities as we continue to heighten awareness around increasing roadway collisions that have unfortunate consequences, such as rising fatalities and potentially higher insurance costs.”
IIHS says intoxication is a significant factor in Fourth of July crash fatalities, with 42 percent between 2010 and 2014 involving at least one driver with a blood-alcohol concentration over the legal driving limit of .08v.
“While July Fourth is consistently the deadliest day on the road, the toll of crash deaths goes on every day, all year long,” said Adrian Lund, president, IIHS. “If everyone buckles up, avoids distractions, obeys the speed limit and doesn’t drink and drive, we can make July Fourth and every day on the road a lot safer.”
Visit www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport for an interactive map showing this year’s findings and for historical collision-frequency rankings from the past 11 years.
“Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report® is the result of an in-depth examination of company claims data, to determine the likelihood drivers in America’s 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. This year, Allstate actuaries analyzed property damage claims reported during the two-year period of January 2013 to December 2014. A weighted average of the two-year numbers determines the annual percentages.The report defines a collision as any auto crash resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate’s auto policies represent nearly 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what’s happening on America’s roadways.”