Twin Citians sorta suck at driving, report says

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Allstate's 10th annual "Best Drivers Report" indicates folks in Minneapolis and St. Paul are mediocre at best when it comes to avoiding accidents.

Out of the 200 cities included in the study, which is based on crash data, Minneapolis ranks 90th. St. Paul, meanwhile, ranks 103rd.

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And before you cite the Polar Vortex as a reason the Twin Cities ranks relatively low, consider this -- this is actually the first year where Allstate has controlled for factors like rain and snow and city density. In other words, don't delude yourself into thinking you're a great driver just because you've driven through a Minnesota winter or two.

In fact, this year's ranking was actually the lowest both Minneapolis and St. Paul have finished since Allstate began publishing the annual study back in 2005. The previous low for both cities came in the study's first year, 2005, when Minneapolis ranked 84th and St. Paul 71st. (Last year, Minneapolis was 66th, St. Paul 53rd.)

We asked Meghan O'Kelly, Allstate spokesperson, what Twin Citians can do to suck a little bit less behind the wheel this year.

"Know what's happening in the cities where you're driving," she replies. "We encourage drivers to find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and explore alternate routes if possible. Oftentimes we reply so heavily on our GPS devices that we don't have a strong idea of where we're going."

Kelly adds that Twin Citians could benefit from "allowing plenty of time to reach their destination."

But you know that already, and probably still put the pedal to the metal when you're running late.

Don't fret too much, however -- Allstate doesn't use the rankings to determine insurance rates.

"The intent of the 'Best Driver's Report' is to facilitate a national discussion on safe driving that ranges from individual driving habits to civil infrastructure issues," O'Kelly says.

Finally, here are Allstate's top 10 best-driving cities for this year, along with the 10 worst:

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Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.





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Aaron Petzel
Aaron Petzel

I can say that they drive better than San Diegans

Andy Marchio
Andy Marchio

Yeah, people from South Dakota have to deal with so much traffic! It's one buffalo crossing after the next.

Kevin Russett
Kevin Russett

Indeed, Geoffrey. And I credit you with enlightening me to the elegance of the zipper merge. :)

Geoff Gayle
Geoff Gayle

You know I love my three-decades-adopted home in just about every other way, Kevin.

Michael Schoenherr
Michael Schoenherr

Haven't been back in years, but I remember people refusing to move over to allow cars to merge on the hwy. Judging by the posts, that issue continues

Rhianna Golden
Rhianna Golden

Moved here from Southern California and my road rage has increased dramatically! Oh you you're pissed I had to merge in front of YOU! So you tailgate me while honking with your brights on and then pass me while giving me the finger! Thanks you're so mn nice!

Mary King
Mary King

Hit and run for me on the Crosstown this winter..... My car was destroyed and I walked for six months and two days..... Sad man in a black SUV forgot to use his brakes while merging.... No recourse for me. I plow into the median after my cute little car is kissed into the concrete median. I will stay on the surface streets..... Good thing a tow truck was right behind me and pulled my destroyed car off the freeway! I bailed out with my dog. Sucked..... Bad driver!

3D Greens of Minnesota
3D Greens of Minnesota

awww come on...they just have a few problems with merging onto a freeway, keeping a safe distance and negotiating a 4 way stop...and a serious problem with letting people merge...to the point of passive aggressiveness...other than that they are like most other bad drivers.

Ryan Schoen
Ryan Schoen

Nah, it's just the people from Wisconsin that work over here that can't drive for ish. #TrueStory

Sara Schieve
Sara Schieve

Not nearly as bad as Houstonians and Chicagoans in my experience/opinion.

Tori Hollaway
Tori Hollaway

I'm a transplant from San Diego. ...what I don't understand is why most drivers drive slow in the summer and in the winter they drive 60+. Also, I agree do not stop on the freeway to let someone in...smh

Eric Brodeur
Eric Brodeur

Left hand drivers doing 60 when everyone else is doing 70, and there are four or five lanes available (94 N of the city), is the fucking worst. Every. Single. Morning.

Keith Heiberg
Keith Heiberg

Just wait until the first snow, and count the SUVs in the ditch!

Erik Hayne
Erik Hayne

Yes. They are not very good / respectful bicycle riders either.

Kayla Fuller
Kayla Fuller

-_- People tailgate while going the speed limit in the other lanes too. Even when the left 2 and right 1 are open.

Souksada Sou Vang
Souksada Sou Vang

Sorta! They suck balls at driving! Crazy and reckless driving in the twin cities

Carol Dean
Carol Dean

Very bad drivers. I had lived in Minnesota for 18 years.. Now I live in Fla they are no better very angry drivers

Louis Bouchard
Louis Bouchard

Sorry, everytime I get upset with Minnesota drivers, I go back to Buffalo NY and realize how good MN drivers really are. At least here, they will not cut off a police car to be first in line (seen it happen in Buffalo NY).

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Gotta love the classic driving in the left lane talking on the phone when they suddenly realize their exit is coming up fast and they cut across 2-3 lanes of traffic to get off the freeway.  And learn the goddamn zipper merge people! You don't have to stop and merge when there's a quarter mile of road in front of you.  

TorgDavidson
TorgDavidson

biggest issues: nobody knows how to merge. at 4 way stop signs some bozo always thinks he's being nice by skipping his turn but just screws up the whole flow of traffic. slow drivers in the left lane.  TERRIFYING number of people blatantly texting and driving. 

Aaron Frederickson
Aaron Frederickson

It would be nice if they would expand the freeway system in MSP beyond their 1960s capacity before we build more trolleys.

Aaron Taylor
Aaron Taylor

Yea they tailgate and drive about 60 mph in a 35 just to get to mcdonalds

Dennis Engel
Dennis Engel

Minnesota nice does not apply to the roadways. I've lived coast-to-coast and Twin Cities drivers are the worst.

Diana Tonn
Diana Tonn

I dated a guy, who tested my driving skills. Thankfully I passed, he was surprised though, since I was born and raised here. He was from New Jersey. He even said I merged correctly. Either way, I was the first to pass he said. I was proud but yeah we suck

Edgar Reyna
Edgar Reyna

Zachary Jaymz Edberg-Anderson idiots everywhere we go

Destiny Delle
Destiny Delle

Smh. Fort Collins has the worst drivers! They do not care who is on the road and they will push you into the ditch or on the shoulder because they have places to go and safety is not important to them.

Luis Melo
Luis Melo

I don't get why they just can't respect the speed limit. If you're in such a hurry then just leave earlier.

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

I've driven all over this country and in Europe, and Minnesotans are truly the worst drivers. Passive aggressive tendencies paired with ignorance about how to merge/yield/be a nice person are just a few reasons why we are the worst.

Allen Brandt
Allen Brandt

Okay ... when South Dakotans say Twin Citians suck at driving, you suck at driving.

Lisa Patton
Lisa Patton

Two things about driving in MN that bug the frack out of me: passing on the right and not allowing for stopping distance. I will never understand why passing on the right is allowed here--it's just plain dangerous. And for those who tailgate me--yes, I AM purposefully using my windshield washer knowing that spray will cover your windows. If you don't like it---back off or I will keep using it until the fluid runs out. 1 car length for every 10 miles an hour---that means you should be 6 car lengths behind me when we're driving 60 mph.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

They have - and hey are currently working on expanding 494 north of 394 to three lanes, expanding 35E north of downtown St. Paul, among other projects. Anyway, no reason we can't do both- unless you're a moronic Republican't I guess. Too bad the DFL swept the last election cycle and are very likely to do the same this fall. Johnson? McFadden? Give me a fucking break. 

oZ__
oZ__

If you are going slow, move right. No one will think of passing on the right if you're following the law.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

As George Carlin used to say - everyone who drives slower than me is a fucking moron - and everyone who drives faster than me is a fucking maniac. 

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