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Old 08-28-2014, 01:22 PM
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If you're a Massachusetts resident, congratulations! You're living among the worst drivers in the nation, according to a new report.

That's right: Three places in the Bay State -- Worcester, Boston and Springfield -- hold spots at or near the top of a list of unsafe cities as determined by Allstate Insurance. Each year, the company ranks the 200 largest cities in the U.S. by car collision frequency.

Allstate says a driver in Worcester -- which has the worst drivers overall -- is likely to have a collision every 4.3 years, compared with once every 14.2 years in Fort Collins, Colorado, the city at the opposite end of the ranking. Fort Collins has claimed the title as the safest place for drivers in four out of the 10 years that the report has been around.

The study also factors in population, population density and precipitation to separate the good drivers from the bad.

"A big part of our job at Allstate is to help our customers prevent bad things from happening," Mike Roche, executive vice president of claims for Allstate, says in a statement. "With that in mind, our actuaries reviewed millions of records to develop this year's report, which presents new data to equip them with better driving awareness tools."

The report includes an interactive map showing all 200 cities. Allstate says its auto policies represent nearly 10 percent of the U.S. auto insurance market, making its report a "realistic snapshot" of the current situation on America's roads.
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:14 PM
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I can attest to the idiocy in L.A.. I hate driving there.
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:24 PM
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:54 PM
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The report includes an interactive map showing all 200 cities. Allstate says its auto policies represent nearly 10 percent of the U.S. auto insurance market, making its report a "realistic snapshot" of the current situation on America's roads. ]
Not sure that I'm buying into this. As an example, if State Farm is big in Illinois - they may see Chicago as 5.5 years, where Allstate doesn't have as many clients to pull info from. Having the math major background (with my EET), I'm not much into the probability of statistics.

Yes - my city is on the list (14), and can see some aspects of this holding true, such as the major hills, blind turns, and the fact our city is built on a triangle. But I see far worse drivers in other cities.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:41 PM
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#10 - but I would imagine us to be up a little higher.
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:54 PM
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Automobile insurers, whose goal is to minimize their liabilities, establish insurance rates through trend analysis. An insurance company think if that driver will get into an accident, the higher the rate. Worst drivers have the highest rate. The question is which city has the highest average rate.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:12 AM
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I don't understand the obsession with "X Y and Z state has the worst driver" - Americans love this for some reason.

I have lived in 3 U.S. States. One was MA - I lived right outside Springfield and I would drive to Boston through Worcester almost monthly. I just recently drove through SC, NC, VA, WV, MD, DC, NJ, NY, MA & CT ........ twice.

The fact is ..... no U.S. state has a drivers ed exam that even comes close to requiring you to be an aware and competent driver..... between 80 and 90% of all drivers in all states are terrible and it will always be that way until someone decides to change the exam to require you to demonstrate that you are a good aware driver....... but we can't do that now can we? That would be like requiring old people to prove that they can still drive every couple of years - better to take the "If we ignore it, the problem will go away" approach.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:20 AM
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I can attest to the idiocy in L.A.. I hate driving there.
No shortage of finger happy people in L.A.
I believe each country and city has its bad and good drivers. China and Taiwan have no shortage of bad drivers and I believe Saudi Arabia ranked the worst with the highest death tolls.

Japan is probably one of my favorite for driver courtesy and Germany second for freeway driver courtesy.

US has great drivers and courteous ones in parking malls and around your neighborhood.

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Old 09-05-2014, 09:20 AM
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Last night I'm stopped at a red light, traffic has caused gridlock such that cars in front of me are blocking a large intersecting street which did not have traffic. When their light turned green (seconds after a woman finished crossing the street) the one car waiting accelerates at full throttle into the cars blocking the intersection. The enraged man gets out of his car screaming "THAT'S WHAT YOU FKING GET!!!!!" over and over again. When our light turned green I had to try REALLY hard not to just run him over and say the same thing. My blood was boiling. Then I stopped and thought, is this really what life has come to? Why is driving so frustrating????? Welcome to boston I guess
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:50 AM
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Last night I'm stopped at a red light, traffic has caused gridlock such that cars in front of me are blocking a large intersecting street which did not have traffic. When their light turned green (seconds after a woman finished crossing the street) the one car waiting accelerates at full throttle into the cars blocking the intersection. The enraged man gets out of his car screaming "THAT'S WHAT YOU FKING GET!!!!!" over and over again. When our light turned green I had to try REALLY hard not to just run him over and say the same thing. My blood was boiling. Then I stopped and thought, is this really what life has come to? Why is driving so frustrating????? Welcome to boston I guess
When you say "accelerates at full throttle into", does that mean he actually smashed into the cars? If so, he's legally liable for the damage...
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:05 PM
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When you say "accelerates at full throttle into", does that mean he actually smashed into the cars? If so, he's legally liable for the damage...
Yes, it was totally unbelievable. There wasn't enough room for him to accelerate to cause too much damage, but he hit two cars. I'm not sure if he thought he could fit between them or what, but he smashed in between them and it was like he was trying to push them apart!
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:24 PM
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Yes, it was totally unbelievable. There wasn't enough room for him to accelerate to cause too much damage, but he hit two cars. I'm not sure if he thought he could fit between them or what, but he smashed in between them and it was like he was trying to push them apart!
Wow. The man snapped.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:48 AM
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Why am I not surprised by this list at all...

Boston lives up to its #2 reputation
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In boston driving is blood sport. Glad that I owned a POS when I lived there. I would never own a BMW in that city.

My theory is that since there is nothing remotely resembling a grid and getting anywhere is such a giant frustrating pain in the @ss that everyone's nerves are shot.

"You can't get there from here" is the city's unofficial motto
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In boston driving is blood sport. Glad that I owned a POS when I lived there. I would never own a BMW in that city.
Lol, I don't drive my X5 often. If it's quick trips, I usually just take Zipcar. Much easier and it's not my car getting beat on.
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