Twin Cities drivers not great and getting worse, says Allstate report

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We've gotten used to being at the top of national rankings. But according to a new report from Allstate, there's one thing we're not so good at: driving. And between 2012 and 2013, we got worse.

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For its annual "America's Best Drivers Report," the car insurance company analyzed the number of car collisions that resulted in damage claims in U.S. cities with more than 50,000 people -- 194 of them in all. But there's no "Top 5" or "Top 10" glory for Minneapolis and St. Paul here.

St. Paul comes in at spot 53 on the list, down from 47 in 2012. Minneapolis is even lower: Down nine spots, from 57 to this year's 66. In St. Paul, drivers tend to make it 10.1 years between accidents, while in Minneapolis, drivers average 9.9 years without a collision.

At least, though, we're not Washington, D.C., where compared to the national average, drivers are more than twice as likely to get in a crash. Our nation's capital comes in dead last on Allstate's ranking.

Other big cities, including Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, Newark, and Los Angeles feature in the most crash-prone too, though so do the smaller Connecticut cities New Haven and Bridgeport.

The city with the safest drivers on the road? Fort Collins, Colo., where cars go an average of 13.9 years between accidents.

Don't worry, those of you with Allstate insurance, a disclaimer at the end of the report notes that these numbers won't factor into your insurance rates.

Check out all the data here.
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John Zellie
John Zellie

I think this must be taught in driver training, it is ubiquitous in Minnesota.

krae61
krae61

While I totally agree wholeheartedly that MN drivers suck, I wonder how much they take into consideration our winter driving conditions when doing this report.  Many winter accidents are unavoidable due to road conditions.  Just sayin!  And yes, I think that cars in MN apparently do not come equipped with blinkers, people do intentionally try to block you out from merging, changing lanes, etc. for no apparent reason, and road rage is alive and well here.  And whoever designed cloverleafs must not have really thought that through clearly - you have people trying to slow down and get off a freeway right where other people are trying to speed up and get ON the freeway - and this seemed like a good idea why?  And we continue to use them in new road construction why?  And you're trying to get to freeway speed all while going around a tight curve with a max speed limit of probably 40-45 when the freeway speed is 60/65/70?  Brilliant.  

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

We've never been very good drivers.  Outstate everyone will go exactly the speed limit rather than bunching up, so if you have to turn left onto a main street in a small Minnesota town, it will take you forever.  In the Metro area, we manage heavy traffic really badly; thinking it's some sort of competitive sport or that nobody else should get something they don't deserve, like being allowed to merge.

Smart phones have made things much, much worse.  Almost daily I have to take some sort of evasive measure due to someone using a phone and coming out of their lane, stopping or starting against the light, or similar dangerous, unpredictable behavior.  I really think the ignition switch should put out a very short range RF disruption; 3' in diameter.

Linda Mae Chover
Linda Mae Chover

I am long time resident now 69 and I totally agree - but it would be interesting to know just who the majority of these lousy drivers are

Azriel Materia
Azriel Materia

nobody knows wtf a zipper lane is.lets merge a mile or two before the lane ends and not get all the way over,causing the hammer lane to get congested.another thing are most cab drivers these past 5-10 years,lets talk on our phones nonstop and merge using no blinkers and checking no blindspots....ive become alot more aggressive the past few years due to total lack of skill.and lets not even start with people cutting into the fat lane just to drive 5 mph below the speed limit and sit right beside someone so you cannot get around.oh yes RAGE.....

Melissa Chelberg
Melissa Chelberg

It's WAY too easy to get a driver's license in the state of MN. If you don't know the difference between stop and yield or that you have to actually signal when you pull away from the curb oh, and what the left lane is for, you shouldn't have a licence.

Justin Doescher
Justin Doescher

I've driven all over the country, including big cities like LA, NYC, Philly, Chicago, and Boston, all known for crazy drivers. But Twin Cities drivers are something special. Nowhere else can someone merge onto a freeway without looking and going 10 MPH under the limit and expect you to jump lanes to let them in. Outstate MN is not like that at all.

Erica Martin
Erica Martin

Merging and stopping at crosswalks are a huge red flag

Onan
Onan

And DON'T stop in the effing traffic circles!

Ange Caruth
Ange Caruth

Minnesota drivers love going slow in the left lane. It's like a favorite pastime or something...

Josie Madrid
Josie Madrid

No shit. MN drivers suck. Use your damn blinkers....why doesn't anybody use their blinkers anymore?!?! Get off your cell phones!!!

Fluffy Singler
Fluffy Singler

Duh. Try being a pedestrian for a day. You will truly see how bad the drivers are. And Lucas, it's drivers of all ages -- especially middle aged and younger.

noelbarrick
noelbarrick

It really grinds my gears when you put on your blinker and people speed up to not let you in. There was one time on my way to work when a guy wouldn't let me in the lane period. I would speed up, then he would, so I slowed down and he slowed down... He wasn't laughing either. He was angry because I tried to get into "his lane" in front of him.

Tiffany Elizabeth Kline
Tiffany Elizabeth Kline

MN merge is now illegal and people here are so stubborn and won't do the zipper merge!!

SierraCASA
SierraCASA

@citypages This is why I use public transportation as much as possible. But then again, that comes w/ it's own set of problems.

Sarah Jappe
Sarah Jappe

Which is just drive into the side of you...lol

Victoria Sondreal
Victoria Sondreal

Everyone gets mad at bicycles, no one understands the 'zipper', and they don't seem to feel the need to yield to pedestrians.

Robert VanZandt Jr
Robert VanZandt Jr

I, after moving here in 98', named such habits as "The MN Merge"

Stephanie Schultz
Stephanie Schultz

Drivers don't look for pedestrians or yield to them. It's horrible when a car wants to make a right turn on red but doesn't yield to a pedestrian with a green light crossing the street. This is mostly was frustrates me.

razzmatazlady
razzmatazlady

@citypages I believe it! Have learned to keep alert when I'm on the road! Like they say, "you gotta look out for the other guy."

Mark Witte
Mark Witte

Turn signals haven't been found either. Its that little lever just inches away from your left hand. Even Wisconsin drivers are better. And if someone is driving in the right lane on the freeway. Dont ride there butt. Pass them on the left. You have two or three lanes. Make your move before your exit.

Lucas Reed
Lucas Reed

Or rather, unlike? Is it more likely older drivers' skills are falling off, or the newer drivers are distracted. We need more data.

Sarah Jappe
Sarah Jappe

Yes...merge and yield seem to be foreign concepts....

keiramcmillen
keiramcmillen

@Victoria Sondreal  So true!  And you can just feel their eyes burn into you if you dare to use the zipper approach when merging.  God forbid they let you in.  Damn passive aggressive drivers - will wait in line but not let anyone into it.  Me first attitude is silly and frustraiting.

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