Want to Avoid Holiday Traffic Accidents? Head to Kansas

Kansas City boasts lowest accident rates while Boston earns highest.

by on Jun.29, 2017

Allstate data shows that Kansas City, Kansas, is where you're least likely to get in an accident.

As Americans head into the busiest driving weekend of the year, it can’t hurt drivers to know what they’re getting into ahead of time. So if you’re looking to avoid collisions, stick close to Kansas City, Kansas.

Allstate released its 13th annual America’s Best Drivers Report, which revealed that those Kansans really know how to avoid collisions. Conversely, if you’re in the mood to make a claim, head to Boston, where the average driver gets into an accident every 3.6 years — 179.6% likely to crash their vehicle than the national average, Allstate says.

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Actually, the Independence Day holiday kicks off the deadliest driving period of the year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS found July and August average 116 deaths a day on America’s roads.

Additionally, the National Safety Council estimates more than 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016, making it potentially the most dangerous driving year since 2007.

(Most Americans can’t afford a new vehicle. Click Here for the story.)

As you head into the holiday, here are the top 10 safest cities in which to drive:

  • Kansas City, Kansas: 14.9 years between accidents.
  • Brownsville, Texas: 14.5 years between accidents.
  • Madison, Wisconsin: 12.5 years between accidents.
  • Huntsville, Alabama: 12.4 years between accidents.
  • Cape Coral, Florida: 12.2 years between accidents.
  • Boise, Idaho: 12 years between accidents.
  • Laredo, Texas: 12 years between accidents.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida: 12 years between accidents.
  • McAllen, Texas: 11.8 years between accidents.
  • Olathe, Kansas: 11.8 years between accidents.

However, keeping in mind that knowledge is power, it’s only appropriate to share the 10 cities where you are most likely to end up getting into an accident:

  • Boston, Massachusetts: 3.6 years between accidents.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: 4.2 years between accidents.
  • Worcester, Massachusetts: 4.3 years between accidents.
  • Washington, D.C. 4.3 years between accidents.
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: 5.3 years between accidents.
  • Glendale, California: 5.5 years between accidents.
  • Providence, Rhode Island: 5.7 years between accidents.
  • Los Angeles, California: 5.9 years between accidents.
  • New Haven, Connecticut: 6.1 years between accidents.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 6.1 years between accidents.

While there are a few “large” cities on the “worst” list, one city that is often associated with bad drivers is mysteriously missing from the list — New York City.

(Click Here to see an extra reason for drivers to celebrate this holiday driving season.)

The Big Apple rose 27 places from last year’s list to the 116th spot overall, while Anchorage, Alaska earned distinction as the most improved city, courtesy of a 35-spot jump to number 34 this year, Allstate noted.

The key to avoiding a collision is understanding the risks that can cause accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, preventable human factors, like drunk, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and failure to use safety features, contribute to 94% of car crashes.

The IIHS found crashes happen more frequently on Saturdays, during certain holidays, like the Fourth of July, and between the hours of 3-7 p.m.

“With the improving economy and more driving, we’re unfortunately seeing more crashes and more crash deaths,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund.

(To see why Americans are likely to set new driving records this holiday, Click Here.)

“Summer travel for vacations and recreation is often riskier than the daily commute. We hope this year’s Best Drivers Report encourages more people to buckle up, watch their speeds, avoid distractions and stay off the roads after drinking alcohol.”

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