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Philadelphia remains low on Allstate's list of safe-driving cities

The auto insurer annually reviews its claims data to rank cities on the likelihood drivers there will get into an accident.

Philadelphia remains low on Allstate's list of safe-driving cities

Allstate Insurance Co. has released its latest list of cities with the safest drivers.

At least, Philadelphia didn't rank last.

But as it has for the last couple of years, Philadelphia is mired in the bottom 10 cities on the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.

The Northbrook, Ill. auto insurer examined its claims data to figure out the likelihood a driver would experience a vehicle crash compared with the national average.

A driver in Philadelphia 53.5 percent more likely to be involved in an accident compared with the national average. That placed the city at No. 187 out of the 193 cities studied. Allstate said the average number of years between accidents for Philadelphians is 6.5 years.

In last place was Washington, D.C., where a driver is 95.5 percent more likely to get into a car crach than the national average. Yikes.

Of course, Allstate wants to focus on the best drivers, so it crowned Fort Collins, Colo., as the city with America's safest drivers. Drivers there are 31.5 percent less likely to have their fenders bended. And the average number of years between accidents in Fort Collins is 14.5 years.

The report, published annually, reflects a weighted average of two year's worth of claims data. For 2010, the data used were from January 2007 to December 2008.

Mike Armstrong Inquirer Columnist
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