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The Worst Drivers in America

By Deanne Katz, Esq. on September 04, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

"Where did you learn how to drive?" It's a familiar refrain across the country. Fed up motorists claim the worst drivers in America live in their town. Whether you're proud of your city's bad driving or try to ignore it, it's still there.

Bad drivers aren't just the butt of bad jokes. They're also a serious hazard to your health and your car insurance cost.

Allstate knows all about it. They've just published a list of where the best and worst drivers live. If you're wondering why your premium is so high you may not have to wonder much longer.

First the good news. If you live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota give yourself a pat on the back for being among the safest drivers in the country, according to Allstate.

Driver safety was determined based on collision likelihood compared to the national average and how many years the average driver goes between collisions. It's worth noting that the records were limited to customers of Allstate Insurance.

But with those disclaimers made, which are the worst driving cities in the U.S.? That would be Washington D.C. and a host of surrounding cities. We'll give you a minute to make your favorite politician joke here.

Here are the rest of the list of worst driver cities, according to the survey:

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. Providence, RI
  4. Hialeah, FL
  5. Glendale, CA
  6. Philadelphia, PA
  7. Alexandria, VA
  8. Newark, NJ
  9. Miami, FL
  10. San Francisco, CA
  11. Jersey City, NJ
  12. Arlington, VA
  13. Tampa, FL
  14. Los Angeles, CA
  15. Paterson, NJ
  16. Fullerton, CA
  17. Garland, TX
  18. Elizabeth, NJ
  19. Bridgeport, CT
  20. New York, NY
  21. New Haven, CT
  22. Torrance, CA
  23. Norfolk, VA
  24. Yonkers, NY
  25. Arlington, TX

Besides the laugh value and bragging rights, this information is important for two things: keeping your family safe and understanding your insurance rate.

Cities and states with worse drivers are inherently more dangerous for other drivers and pedestrians. That means a greater likelihood of car-related injuries.

Defensive driving and safety gear, such as seatbelts and children's car seats, can help prevent accidents. But if they happen, don't go it alone.

An experienced personal injury attorney can walk you through the process and make it go smoothly.

When it comes to negotiating your insurance you're on your own but knowing where your city and state rank can give you some leverage when discussing dropping the price.

Safe driving practices are always important whether you live among the best or worst drivers in America. Not only will it help you save on car insurance, it will protect your most important asset - your health.

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