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ABQ among least safe driving cities

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wreckAlbuquerque is among the least safe driving cities, landing at 126 overall out of 200 on “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report,” falling five spots since 2013 but still substantially safer than say New York, LA, Boston or D.C.

Albuquerque drivers can expect to experience a car crash every 8.6 years , or about 16 percent more likely than the national average of every 10 years, Allstate said in a new release.

Albuquerque ranked 67 when its smaller population is considered, 131 when population density is considered and 134 when precipitation is considered, according to the report.

“We want the report to challenge drivers in Albuquerque to make positive changes to their driving,” said Anthony Delgado, an Allstate agency owner in Albuquerque. “By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.”

New York, the nation’s most-populous city, placed 155th for safety with accidents occurring every 7.8 years. Los Angeles ranked 188th, and Chicago was 139th.

Other report highlights included:

⋄  Fort Collins, Colo., was the top safest driving city, with the average driver crashing every 14.2 years, compared to the national average of every 10 years.

⋄  Worst ranking went to Worcester, Mass., which was joined on the bottom by Boston, Washington D.C., and Springfield, Mass.

⋄  Best rates for cities by size were: Phoenix (1,000,000+), Jacksonville, Fla. (750,000 – 1,000,000), Milwaukee, Wisc. (500,000 – 750,000) and Kansas City, Mo., with less than 500,000 people.

Allstate said this year’s study included new data how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. Allstate has produced an interactive website with the data at www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport.

Seventy percent of vehicles involved in claims reviewed by Allstate were still drivable, indicating the collisions occurred at speeds of less than 35 mph, the insurer said. More than 33,500 people died in U.S. crashes in 2012, an increase of about 3.3 percent from the prior year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website.

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