LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – After ranking among the top ten cities for best drivers in 2009, Lexington has tumbled down the list to number 48 in 2013.
Allstate Insurance Company’s annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report" is based on its claims data and ranks the nation’s 200 largest cities to identify which cities have the safest drivers.
While Lexington drivers are 2.6 percent less likely average to get into an accidentthan the national average, the 2013 report shows a continued decline for the city’s best driver rankings. In 2012, Lexington ranked 41st.
A Lexington driver averaged 10.3 years between accidents, according to Allstate.
Despite a drop from seventh best in 2009 to 48th in 2013, Lexington drivers still fared better than 91st ranked Louisville and 115th ranked Cincinnati.
This year's top honor for best driver went to Fort Collins, Colorado, the third time in report history that this city has held the top spot. Fort Collins has placed in the top ten every year since the report's inception.
Drivers in the nation’s capital received the worst ranking.
"Allstate's Best Drivers Report was created to boost awareness about the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel, while providing drivers with tips and resources to improve their driving skills," said Mike Roche, senior vice president of claims, Allstate.
According to the most recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crash fatalities increased by more than 1,700 from 2011 to 2012, the first year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005.
While fatalities have increased over the past year, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions.
"Allstate has found the most frequent collisions happen during minor fender-benders, but it's important to keep in mind that even lower-speed accidents can have serious outcomes," said Roche.