California cities made both the “good” and the “bad”
list” in Allstate Insurance Company’s annual ranking of the
country’s safest drivers. For the past eight years, the insurance
company has analyzed its claims data to determine the likelihood drivers
in America’s 200 largest cities will experience a motor vehicle
collision compared to the national average.
This year, Sioux Falls, South Dakota was ranked the safest driving city.
According to the
Allstate report, the average driver in Sioux Falls will experience an auto collision every
13.8 years, which is 27.6 percent less likely than the national average
of 10 years. Washington, D.C. came in last place, with drivers experiencing
a crash every 4.7 years.
For California, Visalia is the safest driving city and one of the safest
U.S. driving cities, landing at 24th on the list. Salinas also beat the
national average with drivers experiencing a car crash every 10.3 years.
Overall, Central Valley and Inland Empire drivers are considered “safer”
than those in the Southern California and Bay areas. San Diego came in
at 124th out of the 200 cities ranked. According to the report, the average
driver in San Diego will experience an auto collision about every 8.8
years, at a rate 14 percent higher than the national average.