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How Do San Diego Drivers Stack Up on Safety?

San Diego drivers are not among the country’s safest, according to Allstate Insurance’s latest ranking. In fact, the city slipped 11 spots in the insurance company’s annual America’s Best Drivers Report.

The rankings are part of a study sponsored by Allstate Insurance that evaluates America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers. The study found that San Diego drivers are involved in a car accident every 8.4 years, which is more frequently than the national average of 10 years. As a result, the relative accident likelihood is 19.2 percent higher than the national average.

If you are looking for the country’s safest drivers, you are in for a bit of a drive. They can be found in Kansas City, Kansas, where the average driver gets into a car accident about every 13.3 years, which is 24.8 percent less than the national average.

To help promote safe driving, Allstate offers the following driving tips that all California drivers should consider:

Minimize distractions: Engaging in any other activity while driving—talking on your cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, or putting on makeup—is a distraction.

Be aware of road conditions: Ice, snow, fog, and rain—all of these weather conditions require extra caution and slower speeds.

Leave a safe distance between your car and others around you: Maintain at least one car length space between your car and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed.

Steer clear of road rage: Reduce stress on the road by allowing plenty of time for travel, planning your route in advance, and altering your schedule or route to avoid congested roads. Remember not to challenge aggressive drivers and stay as far away from them as possible.

Maintenance matters: Ultimately, safety also depends on the maintenance of one's car. Ensure that car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery, and hoses are in good working order.

If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.