Pittsburgh and Philadelphia drivers received dismal rankings in the 2018 Best Drivers Report undertaken by Allstate Insurance Company. Two hundred cities were ranked across the nation, determining the average number of years between auto insurance claims. The report also took into consideration the number of hard-braking events in each of the two hundred cities. The average number of years between claims across the nation is ten years, and the average number of hard-braking incidents across the nation is 18.6 events per 1,000 miles.
Pittsburgh Ranks 171st While Philadelphia Ranks 191st
The city of Pittsburgh ranked 171st out of 200 for bad drivers, with an average of only 6.8 years between claims and 23.8 hard-braking events per every 1,000 miles. In 2017, Pittsburgh ranked 175th, so the city has improved slightly. Philadelphia ranked even lower, in the bottom 10 at 191st, the same ranking as the city received in 2017. Philadelphia’s average number of years between auto insurance claims is 5.9 years—which is actually lower than the national average—however, the city’s record for hard-braking events is extremely high—42 hard-braking events per 1,000 miles.
Brownsville, Texas came out on top, as the city with the safest drivers. Following Brownsville for cities with the safest drivers were: Kansas City, KS; Boise, ID; Huntsville, AL; Madison, WI; Laredo, TX; and Midland, TX. The cities containing the very worst drivers included Glendale, CA; Worcester, MA; Washington, D.C.; Boston, MA; and Baltimore, MD.
Pennsylvania Drivers Among the Rudest on the Roadways
According to the Morning Call, in a 2017 survey, Pennsylvania drivers were ranked among the rudest in the nation. It appears that Pennsylvania drivers often engage in virtually every type of rude driving behavior imaginable. They fail to allow others to merge, steal parking spots, tailgate, and they even speed-up to prevent other drivers from passing.
While Pennsylvania did rank high on the rudest driver’s survey, New York (perhaps not surprisingly) ranked even worse. If you are curious, Idaho ranked as the state with the lowest number of rude drivers. Serious problems can result from driver rudeness, such as potentially dangerous confrontations and road rage incidents. Words can quickly escalate into physical threats and violence, with weapons sometimes thrown into the mix.
Courtesy on the Roadways Translates Into Safety
One Bethlehem Councilman who currently runs a driving school said he was not particularly surprised at Pennsylvania’s poor showing in these surveys, noting that cutting people off and refusing to move over for those merging are huge problems in the state. In general, courtesy on the roadways translates into safer drivers as well, particularly in merging situations.
Drivers Across the Nation Are Faster, Ruder, and More Distracted
Across the nation, drivers have continuously become faster and ruder motorists, not to mention the distractions drivers now engage in—such as talking on the phone, texting, eating, turning around to monitor children in the back seat, fiddling with vehicle controls, talking to passengers, and simply daydreaming when they should be paying attention to their driving.
Older Drivers and Female Drivers Nicer
The survey also found that the older drivers get, the nicer they get—drivers under the age of 25 tend to be the very rudest drivers, while those from 51 to 65 are the friendliest. Female drivers tend to be significantly more polite than male drivers, and in addition to Idaho, New Mexico, and Oregon, top the list for the nicest, most polite drivers. The very rudest drivers can be found in New York, South Carolina, and Arkansas.
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