Feed http://allstatenewsroom.com en-US Copyright 2014 40 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:26:23 -0500 Allstate to Present at Barclays Global Financial Services Conference <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL), the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, announced that Thomas J. Wilson, its chairman, president and chief executive officer, will present at the Barclays Global Financial Services Conference at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The conference is being held at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York.</p> <p>A webcast of the presentation can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to hear the live event, a webcast replay will be posted on the investor relations and <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/channels/leadership-executive-speeches/releases">executive speeches</a> sections of the company's website shortly after the presentation ends.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:55:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d4a01c73-c8dc-44ba-8f3d-bc639a0a4f0c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d4a01c73-c8dc-44ba-8f3d-bc639a0a4f0c Allstate to Present at Barclays Global Financial Services Conference <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL), the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, announced that Thomas J. Wilson, its chairman, president and chief executive officer, will present at the Barclays Global Financial Services Conference at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The conference is being held at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York.</p> <p>A webcast of the presentation can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to hear the live event, a webcast replay will be posted on the investor relations and <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/channels/leadership-executive-speeches/releases">executive speeches</a> sections of the company's website shortly after the presentation ends.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Chicagoland to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>On Friday, Aug. 29, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides℠" stops-off in Tinley Park on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides℠" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Tinley Park, Reality Rides will visit the 101WKQX PIQNIQ concert at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre from 3-7 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Chicagoland Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate's Midwest Region. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with Chicagoans."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:45:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/419e9599-16a6-4a18-94a2-3bb1ee61b999 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/419e9599-16a6-4a18-94a2-3bb1ee61b999 Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Chicagoland to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 9 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>On Friday, Aug. 29, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides℠" stops-off in Tinley Park on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides℠" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Tinley Park, Reality Rides will visit the 101WKQX PIQNIQ concert at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre from 3-7 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Chicagoland Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate's Midwest Region. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with Chicagoans."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p> Vancouver Ranks 94th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Vancouver ranked 94th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Vancouver will experience an auto collision every 9.2 years. Vancouver ranks 106th when population is considered, 81st when population density is considered and 88th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Vancouver average 9.2 years between collisions,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:13:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/39700235-242f-40de-8bbd-faed95c738a2 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/39700235-242f-40de-8bbd-faed95c738a2 Vancouver Ranks 94th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Vancouver ranked 94th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Vancouver will experience an auto collision every 9.2 years. Vancouver ranks 106th when population is considered, 81st when population density is considered and 88th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Vancouver average 9.2 years between collisions,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tacoma Ranks 153rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Tacoma ranked 153rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Tacoma will experience an auto collision every 7.8 years. Tacoma ranks 160th when population is considered, 151st when population density is considered and 155th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Tacoma are 28.4% more likely to get in an accident that the national average,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Spokane to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:08:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/405aa391-d64c-4a65-9be8-a1a108ebcb53 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/405aa391-d64c-4a65-9be8-a1a108ebcb53 Tacoma Ranks 153rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Tacoma ranked 153rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Tacoma will experience an auto collision every 7.8 years. Tacoma ranks 160th when population is considered, 151st when population density is considered and 155th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Tacoma are 28.4% more likely to get in an accident that the national average,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Spokane to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Spokane Ranks 71st Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Spokane ranked 71st safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Spokane will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years. Spokane ranks 84th when population is considered, 58th when population density is considered and 76th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Spokane dropped 26 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 45th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Spokane to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:02:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/077397a5-2845-49b6-a5f2-b0838b194d29 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/077397a5-2845-49b6-a5f2-b0838b194d29 Spokane Ranks 71st Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Spokane ranked 71st safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Spokane will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years. Spokane ranks 84th when population is considered, 58th when population density is considered and 76th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Spokane dropped 26 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 45th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Spokane to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Seattle Ranks 173rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Seattle ranked 173rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Seattle will experience an auto collision every 7.4 years. Seattle ranks 140th when population is considered, 135th when population density is considered and 172nd when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Seattle ranks at 173 out of 200 this year. We don&rsquo;t want drivers to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Seattle to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson.&nbsp; &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:57:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/33fa989b-2b17-4050-92b0-f7986bdf664d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/33fa989b-2b17-4050-92b0-f7986bdf664d Seattle Ranks 173rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Seattle ranked 173rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Seattle will experience an auto collision every 7.4 years. Seattle ranks 140th when population is considered, 135th when population density is considered and 172nd when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Seattle ranks at 173 out of 200 this year. We don&rsquo;t want drivers to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Seattle to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson.&nbsp; &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Boise Ranks Third Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Boise ranked third safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Boise will experience an auto collision every 14 years. Boise ranks 5th when population is considered, 2nd when population density is considered and 5th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Boise fell one spot on this year&rsquo;s list coming in at third but has been in the top 18 since our lists inception in 2005,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills for this achievement.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Boise Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">5th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">2nd</td> <td align="center" valign="top">5th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">2nd</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:46:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b03b4d8c-3aec-488e-8c56-f9a74bf35290 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b03b4d8c-3aec-488e-8c56-f9a74bf35290 Boise Ranks Third Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Boise ranked third safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Boise will experience an auto collision every 14 years. Boise ranks 5th when population is considered, 2nd when population density is considered and 5th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Boise fell one spot on this year&rsquo;s list coming in at third but has been in the top 18 since our lists inception in 2005,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills for this achievement.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Boise Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">5th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">2nd</td> <td align="center" valign="top">5th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">2nd</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Honolulu Ranks 140th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Honolulu ranked 140th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Honolulu will experience an auto collision every 8.2 years. Honolulu ranks 151st when population is considered, 105th when population density is considered and 131st when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Honolulu has dropped 12 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 128th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Honolulu to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Honolulu Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">151st</td> <td align="center" valign="top">105th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">131st</td> <td align="center" valign="top">104th</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:40:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5e3ab13b-a21e-4d34-9bdf-2a06cf760e7d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5e3ab13b-a21e-4d34-9bdf-2a06cf760e7d Honolulu Ranks 140th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Honolulu ranked 140th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Honolulu will experience an auto collision every 8.2 years. Honolulu ranks 151st when population is considered, 105th when population density is considered and 131st when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Honolulu has dropped 12 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 128th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Honolulu to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Honolulu Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">151st</td> <td align="center" valign="top">105th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">131st</td> <td align="center" valign="top">104th</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Salem Ranks 102nd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Salem ranked 102nd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Salem will experience an auto collision every 9.1 years. Salem ranks 115th when population is considered, 97th when population density is considered and 100th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Salem dropped 25 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 77th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Salem to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Portland</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>37.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">-11%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">11.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">32</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10</td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:31:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ae7434c7-6ab7-403d-b27c-9ee7eb67a63b http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ae7434c7-6ab7-403d-b27c-9ee7eb67a63b Salem Ranks 102nd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Salem ranked 102nd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Salem will experience an auto collision every 9.1 years. Salem ranks 115th when population is considered, 97th when population density is considered and 100th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Salem dropped 25 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 77th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Salem to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Portland</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>37.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">-11%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">11.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">32</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10</td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Portland Ranks 177th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Portland ranked 177th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Portland will experience an auto collision every 7.3 years. Portland ranks 146th when population is considered, 165th when population density is considered and 176th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Portland ranks at 177 out of 200 this year. We don&rsquo;t want drivers to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Portland to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &nbsp;&ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Portland</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>37.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">-11%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">11.2</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">32</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10</td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:26:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1050993e-f5e6-40ef-b1a5-9458c3f18c25 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1050993e-f5e6-40ef-b1a5-9458c3f18c25 Portland Ranks 177th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Portland ranked 177th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Portland will experience an auto collision every 7.3 years. Portland ranks 146th when population is considered, 165th when population density is considered and 176th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Portland ranks at 177 out of 200 this year. We don&rsquo;t want drivers to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Portland to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &nbsp;&ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Portland</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>37.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">-11%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">11.2</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">32</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10</td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Eugene Ranks 23rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Eugene ranked 23rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Eugene will experience an auto collision every 11.2 years. Eugene ranks 32nd when population is considered, 10th when population density is considered and 19th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Eugene are 11% less likely to get in an accident that the national average,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Eugene</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>-11%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">37.2%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Eugene</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>32</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:13:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6cc6b2eb-38ad-44a4-956f-62b2a01b81f4 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6cc6b2eb-38ad-44a4-956f-62b2a01b81f4 Eugene Ranks 23rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Eugene ranked 23rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Eugene will experience an auto collision every 11.2 years. Eugene ranks 32nd when population is considered, 10th when population density is considered and 19th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Eugene are 11% less likely to get in an accident that the national average,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Eugene</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>-11%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">37.2%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Eugene</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>32</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Anchorage Ranks 131st Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Anchorage ranked 131st safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Anchorage will experience an auto collision every 8.5 years. Anchorage ranks 141th when population is considered, 194th when population density is considered and 135th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Anchorage to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Anchorage to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" valign="top"> <p><strong>Anchorage Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td valign="top"><strong>Population</strong></td> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>Precipitation</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td valign="top"> <p>141st</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>194th</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>135th</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>193rd</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:57:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/523bd398-e6e1-4e53-87c4-c4f6e8423d3a http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/523bd398-e6e1-4e53-87c4-c4f6e8423d3a Anchorage Ranks 131st Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Anchorage ranked 131st safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Anchorage will experience an auto collision every 8.5 years. Anchorage ranks 141th when population is considered, 194th when population density is considered and 135th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Anchorage to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Anchorage to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" valign="top"> <p><strong>Anchorage Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td valign="top"><strong>Population</strong></td> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>Precipitation</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td valign="top"> <p>141st</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>194th</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>135th</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>193rd</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Sioux Falls Ranks 36 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Sioux Falls ranked 36 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density, and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Sioux Falls will experience an auto collision every 10.7 years. Sioux Falls ranks 49 when population is considered, 45 when population density is considered and 36 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Sioux Falls' ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sioux Falls</td> <td align="center">49</td> <td align="center">45</td> <td align="center">36</td> <td align="center">47</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:01:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d535befb-9b48-43b1-9875-bb8ade457141 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d535befb-9b48-43b1-9875-bb8ade457141 Sioux Falls Ranks 36 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Sioux Falls ranked 36 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density, and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Sioux Falls will experience an auto collision every 10.7 years. Sioux Falls ranks 49 when population is considered, 45 when population density is considered and 36 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Sioux Falls' ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sioux Falls</td> <td align="center">49</td> <td align="center">45</td> <td align="center">36</td> <td align="center">47</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Lincoln Ranks 18, Omaha Ranks 21, Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Lincoln ranked 18 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density, and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Lincoln will experience an auto collision every 11.6 years. That's an improvement of .2 years since last year's report was issued. The average driver in Omaha will experience an auto collision every 11.3 years. That's an improvement of .5 years since last year's report was issued.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Nebraska finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average (%)</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lincoln: 18</td> <td align="center">-14.0%</td> <td align="center">11.6</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Omaha: 21</td> <td align="center">-11.4%</td> <td align="center">11.3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Nebraska cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>Nebraska Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lincoln</td> <td>26</td> <td>13</td> <td>17</td> <td>12</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Omaha</td> <td>30</td> <td>15</td> <td>25</td> <td>15</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:59:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9de1bcf1-5fcd-4a0e-81c3-00b5cbcb96ae http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9de1bcf1-5fcd-4a0e-81c3-00b5cbcb96ae Lincoln Ranks 18, Omaha Ranks 21, Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Lincoln ranked 18 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density, and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Lincoln will experience an auto collision every 11.6 years. That's an improvement of .2 years since last year's report was issued. The average driver in Omaha will experience an auto collision every 11.3 years. That's an improvement of .5 years since last year's report was issued.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Nebraska finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average (%)</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lincoln: 18</td> <td align="center">-14.0%</td> <td align="center">11.6</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Omaha: 21</td> <td align="center">-11.4%</td> <td align="center">11.3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Nebraska cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>Nebraska Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lincoln</td> <td>26</td> <td>13</td> <td>17</td> <td>12</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Omaha</td> <td>30</td> <td>15</td> <td>25</td> <td>15</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Kansas City, MO Ranks 12th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" Two Other Missouri Cities Rank on Report<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Kansas City, MO ranked 12th safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Kansas City will experience an auto collision every 12 years. That's an improvement of .7 years since the report began. Kansas City ranks 1st when population is considered, 34th when population density is considered and 9th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Missouri finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Saint Louis: 105</td> <td align="center">10.8%</td> <td align="center">9.0</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Springfield: 38</td> <td align="center">-5.4%</td> <td align="center">10.6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Missouri cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>Missouri Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kansas City, MO</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">34</td> <td align="center">9</td> <td align="center">14</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Saint Louis</td> <td align="center">117</td> <td align="center">56</td> <td align="center">101</td> <td align="center">59</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Springfield</td> <td align="center">50</td> <td align="center">63</td> <td align="center">34</td> <td align="center">54</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:56:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/77b99afc-7592-48fc-ba1e-471c023195f7 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/77b99afc-7592-48fc-ba1e-471c023195f7 Kansas City, MO Ranks 12th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" Two Other Missouri Cities Rank on Report<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Kansas City, MO ranked 12th safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Kansas City will experience an auto collision every 12 years. That's an improvement of .7 years since the report began. Kansas City ranks 1st when population is considered, 34th when population density is considered and 9th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Missouri finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Saint Louis: 105</td> <td align="center">10.8%</td> <td align="center">9.0</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Springfield: 38</td> <td align="center">-5.4%</td> <td align="center">10.6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Missouri cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>Missouri Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kansas City, MO</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">34</td> <td align="center">9</td> <td align="center">14</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Saint Louis</td> <td align="center">117</td> <td align="center">56</td> <td align="center">101</td> <td align="center">59</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Springfield</td> <td align="center">50</td> <td align="center">63</td> <td align="center">34</td> <td align="center">54</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Kansas City, KS Ranks #4 and Kansas City, MO #12 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" Four other Kansas Cities Rank on Report<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Kansas City, KS ranked #4 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. Kansas City, MO ranked #12 on the report.&nbsp; The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Kansas City, KS will experience an auto collision every 12.9 years. That's an improvement of 1.6 years since the report began in 2005. Kansas City, KS ranks 6th when population is considered, 29th when population density is considered and 3rd when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Kansas finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Olathe: 10</td> <td>-17.5%</td> <td>12.1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wichita: 16</td> <td>-14.4%</td> <td>11.7</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overland Park: 29</td> <td>-9.2%</td> <td>11</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Topeka: 39</td> <td>-5.4%</td> <td>10.6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Kansas cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>Kansas Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kansas City</td> <td>6</td> <td>29</td> <td>3</td> <td>25</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Olathe</td> <td>15</td> <td>18</td> <td>8</td> <td>13</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overland park</td> <td>40</td> <td>31</td> <td>27</td> <td>30</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Topeka</td> <td>51</td> <td>55</td> <td>38</td> <td>52</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wichita</td> <td>23</td> <td>20</td> <td>15</td> <td>19</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:54:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5f0ad325-501a-4567-9e24-46a70f558e90 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5f0ad325-501a-4567-9e24-46a70f558e90 Kansas City, KS Ranks #4 and Kansas City, MO #12 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" Four other Kansas Cities Rank on Report<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Kansas City, KS ranked #4 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. Kansas City, MO ranked #12 on the report.&nbsp; The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Kansas City, KS will experience an auto collision every 12.9 years. That's an improvement of 1.6 years since the report began in 2005. Kansas City, KS ranks 6th when population is considered, 29th when population density is considered and 3rd when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Kansas finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Olathe: 10</td> <td>-17.5%</td> <td>12.1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wichita: 16</td> <td>-14.4%</td> <td>11.7</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overland Park: 29</td> <td>-9.2%</td> <td>11</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Topeka: 39</td> <td>-5.4%</td> <td>10.6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Kansas cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>Kansas Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kansas City</td> <td>6</td> <td>29</td> <td>3</td> <td>25</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Olathe</td> <td>15</td> <td>18</td> <td>8</td> <td>13</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Overland park</td> <td>40</td> <td>31</td> <td>27</td> <td>30</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Topeka</td> <td>51</td> <td>55</td> <td>38</td> <td>52</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wichita</td> <td>23</td> <td>20</td> <td>15</td> <td>19</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Cedar Rapids Ranks 11 and Des Moines Ranks 13 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Des Moines ranked 13 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density, and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Des Moines will experience an auto collision every 12 years. That's an improvement of .8 years since last year's report was issued. Des Moines ranks 18 when population is considered, 14 when population density is considered and 13 when precipitation is considered.&nbsp; Drivers in Cedar Rapids will experience an auto collision every 12.1 years and jumped up five spots from last year's report.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Iowa finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cedar Rapids: 11</td> <td>-17.1%</td> <td>12.1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Des Moines: 13</td> <td>-16.6%</td> <td>12.0</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Iowa cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5" align="center"><strong>Iowa Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cedar Rapids</td> <td>16</td> <td>25</td> <td>10</td> <td>23</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Des Moines</td> <td>18</td> <td>14</td> <td>13</td> <td>10</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:52:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d2c26c95-da3c-4bfc-b896-47d7558fe5d9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d2c26c95-da3c-4bfc-b896-47d7558fe5d9 Cedar Rapids Ranks 11 and Des Moines Ranks 13 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Des Moines ranked 13 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density, and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Des Moines will experience an auto collision every 12 years. That's an improvement of .8 years since last year's report was issued. Des Moines ranks 18 when population is considered, 14 when population density is considered and 13 when precipitation is considered.&nbsp; Drivers in Cedar Rapids will experience an auto collision every 12.1 years and jumped up five spots from last year's report.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Iowa finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cedar Rapids: 11</td> <td>-17.1%</td> <td>12.1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Des Moines: 13</td> <td>-16.6%</td> <td>12.0</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Iowa cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5" align="center"><strong>Iowa Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cedar Rapids</td> <td>16</td> <td>25</td> <td>10</td> <td>23</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Des Moines</td> <td>18</td> <td>14</td> <td>13</td> <td>10</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Fort Collins Ranks 1st Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" Fort Collins Honored as America's Safest Driving City for Fourth Time<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Fort Collins ranked as the #1 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Colorado finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Colorado Springs: 14</td> <td>-16.4%</td> <td>12</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lakewood: 19</td> <td>-13.7%</td> <td>11.6</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Denver: 88</td> <td>7.2%</td> <td>9.3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Aurora: 115</td> <td>14.2%</td> <td>8.8</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Colorado cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5" align="center"><strong>Colorado Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Fort Collins</td> <td>2</td> <td>1</td> <td>2</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Aurora</td> <td>127</td> <td>141</td> <td>112</td> <td>145</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Colorado Springs</td> <td>19</td> <td>19</td> <td>16</td> <td>21</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Denver</td> <td>38</td> <td>60</td> <td>98</td> <td>37</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lakewood</td> <td>27</td> <td>7</td> <td>22</td> <td>11</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><sup><em>i</em></sup> <em>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:49:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0ee6f8ca-520b-42a4-b293-fbac44ad3900 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0ee6f8ca-520b-42a4-b293-fbac44ad3900 Fort Collins Ranks 1st Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" Fort Collins Honored as America's Safest Driving City for Fourth Time<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Fort Collins ranked as the #1 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Colorado finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"><strong>Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Colorado Springs: 14</td> <td>-16.4%</td> <td>12</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lakewood: 19</td> <td>-13.7%</td> <td>11.6</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Denver: 88</td> <td>7.2%</td> <td>9.3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Aurora: 115</td> <td>14.2%</td> <td>8.8</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Colorado cities' safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5" align="center"><strong>Colorado Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Fort Collins</td> <td>2</td> <td>1</td> <td>2</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Aurora</td> <td>127</td> <td>141</td> <td>112</td> <td>145</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Colorado Springs</td> <td>19</td> <td>19</td> <td>16</td> <td>21</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Denver</td> <td>38</td> <td>60</td> <td>98</td> <td>37</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lakewood</td> <td>27</td> <td>7</td> <td>22</td> <td>11</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><sup><em>i</em></sup> <em>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Infographic: The Safest Driving Cities in America <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/77b2/1452/77b21452-c5fc-496c-911e-eca676e65d11-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Infographic: The Safest Driving Cities in America Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:41:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/infographic-the-safest-driving-cities-in-america http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/infographic-the-safest-driving-cities-in-america Infographic: The Safest Driving Cities in America <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/77b2/1452/77b21452-c5fc-496c-911e-eca676e65d11-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Infographic: The Safest Driving Cities in America Brownsville Ranks Second Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Brownsville ranked second safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Brownsville will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years. Brownsville ranks third when population is considered, eighth when population density is considered and first when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions,&rdquo; said Rick Ortiz, an Allstate agency owner in Brownsville. &ldquo;We should thank all of our Brownsville best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Texas finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Amarillo (34)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-8.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Arlington (176)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>36.7%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Austin (159)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>30.3%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.7</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Brownsville (2)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-29.5%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>14.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Corpus Christi (59)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>2.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Dallas (174)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>36.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>El Paso (56)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.8%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Fort Worth (147)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>26.1%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Frisco (145)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>25.9%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Garland (182)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>41.8%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Grand Prairie (172)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>35.9%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Houston (158)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>29.4%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.7</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Irving (175)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>36.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Killeen (129)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>17.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.5</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Laredo (8)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-18.3%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Lubbock (40)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-4.9%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>McAllen (51)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-1.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>McKinney (166)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>32.4%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Mesquite (168)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>33.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.5</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Pasadena (95)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Plano (150)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>27.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>San Antonio (142)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>24.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Waco (77)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>5.6%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Texas cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" valign="top"> <p><strong>Texas Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p><strong>City (2014 rank)</strong><strong> </strong></p> </td> <td width="76%" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td width="20%" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td width="20%" valign="top"> <p><strong>Precipitation</strong></p> </td> <td width="20%" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Amarillo (34)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>46</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>46</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>33</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>50</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Arlington (176)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>179</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>172</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>179</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>178</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Austin (159)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>125</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>170</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>159</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>162</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Brownsville (2)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>3</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>1</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Corpus Christi (59)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>74</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>103</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>60</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>105</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Dallas (174)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>142</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>175</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>173</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>164</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>El Paso (56)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>17</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>69</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>64</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>46</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Fort Worth (147)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>105</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>167</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>149</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>159</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Frisco (145)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>154</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>174</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>144</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>174</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Garland (182)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>184</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>181</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>182</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>185</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Grand Prairie (172)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>177</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>186</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>170</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>187</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Houston (158)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>121</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>161</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>152</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>135</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Irving (175)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>178</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>179</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>175</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>182</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Killeen (129)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>138</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>143</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>128</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>148</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Laredo (8)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>12</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>6</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>12</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Lubbock (40)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>52</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>68</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>44</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>77</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>McAllen (51)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>66</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>48</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>53</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>62</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>McKinney (166)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>170</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>183</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>162</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>184</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Mesquite (168)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>172</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>177</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>164</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>179</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Pasadena (95)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>107</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>82</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>82</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>83</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Plano (150)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>158</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>150</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>148</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>155</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>San Antonio (142)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>97</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>156</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>145</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>141</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Waco (77)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>91</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>137</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>74</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>134</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><sup>i </sup><em>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> (972) 871-6460<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0f7beb2a-fc0a-47cb-9699-12fc7fe98553 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0f7beb2a-fc0a-47cb-9699-12fc7fe98553 Brownsville Ranks Second Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Brownsville ranked second safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Brownsville will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years. Brownsville ranks third when population is considered, eighth when population density is considered and first when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions,&rdquo; said Rick Ortiz, an Allstate agency owner in Brownsville. &ldquo;We should thank all of our Brownsville best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Texas finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Amarillo (34)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-8.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Arlington (176)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>36.7%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Austin (159)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>30.3%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.7</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Brownsville (2)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-29.5%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>14.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Corpus Christi (59)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>2.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Dallas (174)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>36.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>El Paso (56)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.8%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Fort Worth (147)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>26.1%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Frisco (145)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>25.9%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Garland (182)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>41.8%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Grand Prairie (172)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>35.9%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Houston (158)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>29.4%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.7</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Irving (175)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>36.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Killeen (129)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>17.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.5</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Laredo (8)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-18.3%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Lubbock (40)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-4.9%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>McAllen (51)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-1.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>McKinney (166)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>32.4%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Mesquite (168)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>33.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.5</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Pasadena (95)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Plano (150)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>27.0%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>San Antonio (142)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>24.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Waco (77)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>5.6%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Texas cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" valign="top"> <p><strong>Texas Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p><strong>City (2014 rank)</strong><strong> </strong></p> </td> <td width="76%" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td width="20%" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td width="20%" valign="top"> <p><strong>Precipitation</strong></p> </td> <td width="20%" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Amarillo (34)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>46</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>46</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>33</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>50</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Arlington (176)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>179</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>172</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>179</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>178</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Austin (159)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>125</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>170</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>159</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>162</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Brownsville (2)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>3</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>1</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Corpus Christi (59)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>74</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>103</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>60</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>105</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Dallas (174)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>142</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>175</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>173</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>164</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>El Paso (56)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>17</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>69</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>64</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>46</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Fort Worth (147)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>105</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>167</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>149</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>159</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Frisco (145)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>154</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>174</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>144</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>174</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Garland (182)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>184</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>181</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>182</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>185</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Grand Prairie (172)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>177</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>186</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>170</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>187</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Houston (158)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>121</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>161</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>152</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>135</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Irving (175)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>178</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>179</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>175</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>182</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Killeen (129)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>138</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>143</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>128</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>148</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Laredo (8)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>12</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>6</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>12</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Lubbock (40)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>52</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>68</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>44</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>77</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>McAllen (51)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>66</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>48</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>53</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>62</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>McKinney (166)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>170</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>183</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>162</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>184</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Mesquite (168)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>172</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>177</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>164</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>179</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Pasadena (95)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>107</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>82</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>82</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>83</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Plano (150)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>158</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>150</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>148</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>155</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>San Antonio (142)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>97</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>156</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>145</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>141</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23%" valign="top"> <p>Waco (77)</p> </td> <td width="76%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>91</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>137</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>74</p> </td> <td width="20%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>134</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><sup>i </sup><em>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> (972) 871-6460<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Huntsville Ranks 5 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Huntsville ranked 5 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Huntsville will experience an auto collision every 12.5 years. Huntsville ranks 8 when population is considered, 53 when population density is considered and 4 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"It's interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city's rankings given our local conditions," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate "We should thank all of Huntsville's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ala. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Birmingham ranked 32</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Mobile ranked 28</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9.7 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Montgomery ranked 6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19.4 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.4</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/86860033-98b6-4752-9fd5-27646e6a75f7 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/86860033-98b6-4752-9fd5-27646e6a75f7 Huntsville Ranks 5 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Huntsville ranked 5 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Huntsville will experience an auto collision every 12.5 years. Huntsville ranks 8 when population is considered, 53 when population density is considered and 4 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"It's interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city's rankings given our local conditions," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate "We should thank all of Huntsville's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ala. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Birmingham ranked 32</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Mobile ranked 28</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9.7 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Montgomery ranked 6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19.4 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.4</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Charlotte Ranks 127 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Charlotte ranked 127 safest among America's 200 largest cities <sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Charlotte will experience an auto collision every 8.6 years. Charlotte ranks 68 when population is considered, 138 when population density is considered and 119 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We don't want drivers in Charlotte to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Charlotte to make positive changes to their driving," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. "By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f7000a04-7a31-4914-acd3-08a2338134be http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f7000a04-7a31-4914-acd3-08a2338134be Charlotte Ranks 127 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Charlotte ranked 127 safest among America's 200 largest cities <sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Charlotte will experience an auto collision every 8.6 years. Charlotte ranks 68 when population is considered, 138 when population density is considered and 119 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We don't want drivers in Charlotte to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Charlotte to make positive changes to their driving," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. "By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Fayetteville Ranks 75 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Fayetteville ranked 75 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Fayetteville will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years. Fayetteville ranks 90 when population is considered, 136 when population density is considered and 65 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We should thank all of Fayetteville's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d5cac9e7-b3fc-48ab-8793-a3cbdcb3233d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d5cac9e7-b3fc-48ab-8793-a3cbdcb3233d Fayetteville Ranks 75 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Fayetteville ranked 75 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Fayetteville will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years. Fayetteville ranks 90 when population is considered, 136 when population density is considered and 65 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We should thank all of Fayetteville's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Augusta Ranks 92 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Agusta ranked 92 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Augusta will experience an auto collision every 9.2406556630232828 years. Augusta ranks 104 when population is considered, 173 when population density is considered and 81 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Atlanta to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Atlanta to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ga. finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report. <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Atlanta ranked 179</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>39.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Columbus ranked 73</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Savannah ranked 149</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>26.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/78c06806-89c4-46a9-a340-89c55441842a http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/78c06806-89c4-46a9-a340-89c55441842a Augusta Ranks 92 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Agusta ranked 92 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Augusta will experience an auto collision every 9.2406556630232828 years. Augusta ranks 104 when population is considered, 173 when population density is considered and 81 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Atlanta to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Atlanta to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ga. finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report. <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Atlanta ranked 179</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>39.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Columbus ranked 73</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Savannah ranked 149</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>26.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Montgomery Ranks 6 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Montgomery ranked 6 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Montgomery will experience an auto collision every 12.411639649175569 years. Montgomery ranks 10 when population is considered, 33 when population density is considered and 6 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city&rsquo;s rankings given our local conditions,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate &ldquo;We should thank all of Montgomery&rsquo;s best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ala. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Birmingham ranked 32</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Mobile ranked 28</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9.7 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Huntsville ranked 5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.6</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/7d64ad51-591e-4af5-8c63-1cc1a4d4031a http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/7d64ad51-591e-4af5-8c63-1cc1a4d4031a Montgomery Ranks 6 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Montgomery ranked 6 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Montgomery will experience an auto collision every 12.411639649175569 years. Montgomery ranks 10 when population is considered, 33 when population density is considered and 6 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city&rsquo;s rankings given our local conditions,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate &ldquo;We should thank all of Montgomery&rsquo;s best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ala. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Birmingham ranked 32</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Mobile ranked 28</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9.7 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Huntsville ranked 5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.6</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Atlanta Ranks 179 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Atlanta ranked 179 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Atlanta will experience an auto collision every 7.2 years. Atlanta ranks 150 when population is considered, 184 when population density is considered and 174 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Atlanta to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Atlanta to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ga. finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report. <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Augusta ranked 92</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Columbus ranked 73</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Savannah ranked 149</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>26.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/8580e56d-6733-4bb8-a4e8-01702e553971 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/8580e56d-6733-4bb8-a4e8-01702e553971 Atlanta Ranks 179 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Atlanta ranked 179 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Atlanta will experience an auto collision every 7.2 years. Atlanta ranks 150 when population is considered, 184 when population density is considered and 174 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Atlanta to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Atlanta to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ga. finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report. <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Augusta ranked 92</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Columbus ranked 73</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Savannah ranked 149</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>26.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Winston Salem Ranks 41 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Winstom Salem ranked 41 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Winstom Salem will experience an auto collision every 10.5 years. Winstom Salem ranks 54 when population is considered, 78 when population density is considered and 35 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We should thank all of Winstom Salem's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills," said Adam Polak, spokesman for Allstate.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/61520b8c-ffc1-4032-ba98-57c0268ce16c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/61520b8c-ffc1-4032-ba98-57c0268ce16c Winston Salem Ranks 41 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Winstom Salem ranked 41 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Winstom Salem will experience an auto collision every 10.5 years. Winstom Salem ranks 54 when population is considered, 78 when population density is considered and 35 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We should thank all of Winstom Salem's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills," said Adam Polak, spokesman for Allstate.</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Mobile Ranks 28 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Mobile ranked 28 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Mobile will experience an auto collision every 11.1 years. Mobile ranks 39 when population is considered, 71 when population density is considered and 24 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city&rsquo;s rankings given our local conditions,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate &ldquo;We should thank all of Mobile&rsquo;s best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ala. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Birmingham ranked 32</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Montgomery ranked 6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19.4 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Huntsville ranked 5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.6</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/99f4d383-4c88-4cfa-a959-7e2163c451c9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/99f4d383-4c88-4cfa-a959-7e2163c451c9 Mobile Ranks 28 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Mobile ranked 28 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Mobile will experience an auto collision every 11.1 years. Mobile ranks 39 when population is considered, 71 when population density is considered and 24 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city&rsquo;s rankings given our local conditions,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate &ldquo;We should thank all of Mobile&rsquo;s best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ala. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Birmingham ranked 32</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Montgomery ranked 6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19.4 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Huntsville ranked 5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.6</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Raleigh Ranks 101 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Raleigh ranked 101 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Raleigh will experience an auto collision every 9.1 years. Raleigh ranks 114 when population is considered, 111 when population density is considered and 93 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We don't want drivers in Raleigh to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Raleigh to make positive changes to their driving," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. "Next year, we hope to be in the top 100."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on theroad, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather.</strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/02675827-a14f-40c9-a9f8-510ab167d303 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/02675827-a14f-40c9-a9f8-510ab167d303 Raleigh Ranks 101 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Raleigh ranked 101 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Raleigh will experience an auto collision every 9.1 years. Raleigh ranks 114 when population is considered, 111 when population density is considered and 93 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We don't want drivers in Raleigh to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Raleigh to make positive changes to their driving," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. "Next year, we hope to be in the top 100."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on theroad, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather.</strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Columbus Ranked Safest City in Georgia on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Columbus ranked 73 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. This ranking was the best for Georgia cities, with Columbus improving 24 spots from 2013. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Columbus will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years. Columbus ranks 87 when population is considered, 154 when population density is considered and 63 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city&rsquo;s rankings given our local conditions,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate &ldquo;We should thank all of Columbus&rsquo;s best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ga. finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report. <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Atlanta ranked 179</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>39.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Augusta ranked 92</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Savannah ranked 149</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>26.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9f416fe4-33f5-482c-ad8f-63ff49d64ccc http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9f416fe4-33f5-482c-ad8f-63ff49d64ccc Columbus Ranked Safest City in Georgia on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Columbus ranked 73 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. This ranking was the best for Georgia cities, with Columbus improving 24 spots from 2013. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Columbus will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years. Columbus ranks 87 when population is considered, 154 when population density is considered and 63 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city&rsquo;s rankings given our local conditions,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate &ldquo;We should thank all of Columbus&rsquo;s best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ga. finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report. <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Atlanta ranked 179</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>39.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Augusta ranked 92</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Savannah ranked 149</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>26.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.9</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Savannah Ranks 149 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Savannah ranked 149 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. This ranking was the best for Georgia cities, with Columbus improving 24 spots from 2013. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Savannah will experience an auto collision every 7.9 years. Savannah ranks 157 when population is considered, 185 when population density is considered and 141 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Savannah to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Savannah to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ga. finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report. <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Atlanta ranked 179</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>39.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Augusta ranked 92</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Columbus ranked 73</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1aa18303-c4aa-49bd-9dd9-c94ace39fb6e http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1aa18303-c4aa-49bd-9dd9-c94ace39fb6e Savannah Ranks 149 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Savannah ranked 149 safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. This ranking was the best for Georgia cities, with Columbus improving 24 spots from 2013. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Savannah will experience an auto collision every 7.9 years. Savannah ranks 157 when population is considered, 185 when population density is considered and 141 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Savannah to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Savannah to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ga. finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report. <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Atlanta ranked 179</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>39.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Augusta ranked 92</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Columbus ranked 73</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Columbia Ranks 154 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Columbia ranked 154 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Columbia will experience an auto collision every 7.8 years. Columbia ranks 161 when population is considered, 191 when population density is considered and 154 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&nbsp;"We don't want drivers in Columbia to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Columbia to make positive changes to their driving," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. "By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3962352-79ff-4f7b-a7f1-444f09728d3e http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3962352-79ff-4f7b-a7f1-444f09728d3e Columbia Ranks 154 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Columbia ranked 154 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Columbia will experience an auto collision every 7.8 years. Columbia ranks 161 when population is considered, 191 when population density is considered and 154 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&nbsp;"We don't want drivers in Columbia to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Columbia to make positive changes to their driving," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. "By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Greensboro Ranks 55 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Greensboro ranked 55 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Greensboro will experience an auto collision every 9.9 years. Greensboro ranks 71 when population is considered, 88 when population density is considered and 50 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"It's interesting to see how other factors impact our city's rankings given our local conditions," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate "Regardless, we should thank all of Greensboro's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/512fc530-71d2-4f1b-8618-aaf4b8d7b001 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/512fc530-71d2-4f1b-8618-aaf4b8d7b001 Greensboro Ranks 55 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Greensboro ranked 55 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Greensboro will experience an auto collision every 9.9 years. Greensboro ranks 71 when population is considered, 88 when population density is considered and 50 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"It's interesting to see how other factors impact our city's rankings given our local conditions," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate "Regardless, we should thank all of Greensboro's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Birmingham Ranks 32 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Birmingham ranked 32 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Birmingham will experience an auto collision every 10.9 years. Birmingham ranks 44 when population is considered, 76 when population density is considered and 29 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"It's interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city's rankings given our local conditions," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate "We should thank all of Birmingham's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ala. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Huntsville ranked 5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Mobile ranked 28</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9.7 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Montgomery ranked 6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19.4 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.4</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d4bd77ba-3801-4061-bdc7-fbb648536f61 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d4bd77ba-3801-4061-bdc7-fbb648536f61 Birmingham Ranks 32 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Birmingham ranked 32 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Birmingham will experience an auto collision every 10.9 years. Birmingham ranks 44 when population is considered, 76 when population density is considered and 29 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"It's interesting to see how precipitation impacts our city's rankings given our local conditions," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate "We should thank all of Birmingham's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Ala. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Huntsville ranked 5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20.3 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Mobile ranked 28</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9.7 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Montgomery ranked 6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19.4 percent less likely</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12.4</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Cary Ranked Safest North Carolina City on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Cary ranked 24 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency, the highest ranking for any North Carolina city in the report. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Cary will experience an auto collision every 11.2 years. Cary ranks 33 when population is considered, 23 when population density is considered and 20 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"Based off of our report, Cary ranks as the safest city in North Carolina," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate "We should thank all of Cary's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.<br /><strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2095cfa7-9775-4cd3-896e-208195251ee3 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2095cfa7-9775-4cd3-896e-208195251ee3 Cary Ranked Safest North Carolina City on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Cary ranked 24 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency, the highest ranking for any North Carolina city in the report. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Cary will experience an auto collision every 11.2 years. Cary ranks 33 when population is considered, 23 when population density is considered and 20 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"Based off of our report, Cary ranks as the safest city in North Carolina," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate "We should thank all of Cary's best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.<br /><strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Durham ranked 108</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Durham Ranks 108 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Durham ranked 108 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Durham will experience an auto collision every 9 years. Durham ranks 122 when population is considered, 130 when population density is considered and 99 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We don't want drivers in Durham to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Durham to make positive changes to their driving," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. "By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9fa980da-4cb5-4100-bccb-a61e98bca259 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9fa980da-4cb5-4100-bccb-a61e98bca259 Durham Ranks 108 Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Durham ranked 108 safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Durham will experience an auto collision every 9 years. Durham ranks 122 when population is considered, 130 when population density is considered and 99 when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>"We don't want drivers in Durham to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Durham to make positive changes to their driving," said Adam Polak, a spokesman for Allstate. "By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in N.C. finished in the Allstate America's Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Cary ranked 24</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Charlotte ranked 127</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16.4 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Fayetteville ranked 75</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Greensboro ranked 55</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>0.7 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Raleigh ranked 101</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.2 percent more likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Winston-Salem ranked 41</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4.8 percent less likely</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.5</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking.</p> <p>Based on the results of this year's report, the insurer recommends the following;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.</li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.</li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong><br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (678) 589-6102</p> Madison Ranks 9th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Madison ranked 9th safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Madison will experience an auto collision every 12.2 years, an improvement from an average of 11.6 years when the report began in 2005.</p> <p>"Over the past three years, Madison has demonstrated a very positive trend in its ranking and average number of years between accidents," said David Hewitt, territory sales leader for Allstate in Wisconsin. "We should thank all of our Madison best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Wisconsin finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Collision Likelihood<br /> Compared to National Average</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Average Years Between<br /> Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Madison (9)</td> <td align="center">-17.8%</td> <td align="center">12.2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Milwaukee (37)</td> <td align="center">-5.7%</td> <td align="center">10.6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, both Milwaukee and Madison's safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors. In fact, when considering population, density &amp; precipitation, Madison jumps to fourth in the rankings.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td colspan="4"><strong>Wisconsin Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Madison (9)</td> <td align="center">14</td> <td align="center">5</td> <td align="center">7</td> <td align="center">4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Milwaukee (37)</td> <td align="center">7</td> <td align="center">4</td> <td align="center">39</td> <td align="center">3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p> <p><sup><em>i</em></sup> <em>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/214cad93-c627-469f-92a2-7b9eb6d09004 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/214cad93-c627-469f-92a2-7b9eb6d09004 Madison Ranks 9th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Madison ranked 9th safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Madison will experience an auto collision every 12.2 years, an improvement from an average of 11.6 years when the report began in 2005.</p> <p>"Over the past three years, Madison has demonstrated a very positive trend in its ranking and average number of years between accidents," said David Hewitt, territory sales leader for Allstate in Wisconsin. "We should thank all of our Madison best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Wisconsin finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Collision Likelihood<br /> Compared to National Average</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Average Years Between<br /> Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Madison (9)</td> <td align="center">-17.8%</td> <td align="center">12.2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Milwaukee (37)</td> <td align="center">-5.7%</td> <td align="center">10.6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, both Milwaukee and Madison's safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors. In fact, when considering population, density &amp; precipitation, Madison jumps to fourth in the rankings.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td colspan="4"><strong>Wisconsin Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Madison (9)</td> <td align="center">14</td> <td align="center">5</td> <td align="center">7</td> <td align="center">4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Milwaukee (37)</td> <td align="center">7</td> <td align="center">4</td> <td align="center">39</td> <td align="center">3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p> <p><sup><em>i</em></sup> <em>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Milwaukee Ranks 37th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Milwaukee ranked 37th safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Milwaukee will experience an auto collision every 10.6 years &ndash; the lowest number since the report began in 2005.</p> <p>"Although Milwaukee is experiencing negative trends in terms of its ranking and average years between accidents, it's important to note that the city has a 5.7% smaller collision likelihood compared to the national average," said David Hewitt, territory sales leader for Allstate in Wisconsin. "We should thank all of our Milwaukee best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Wisconsin finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Collision Likelihood<br /> Compared to National Average</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Average Years Betwee<br /> Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Madison (9)</td> <td align="center">-17.8%</td> <td align="center">12.2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Milwaukee (37)</td> <td align="center">-5.7%</td> <td align="center">10.6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, both Milwaukee and Madison's safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors. In fact, when considering population, density &amp; precipitation, Milwaukee jumps to third in the rankings.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td colspan="4"><strong>Wisconsin Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Madison (9)</td> <td>14</td> <td>5</td> <td>7</td> <td>4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Milwaukee (37)</td> <td>7</td> <td>4</td> <td>39</td> <td>3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; # &nbsp;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p> <p><sup><em>i</em></sup> <em>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/22f98772-551f-49d8-9392-d8ef842943f4 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/22f98772-551f-49d8-9392-d8ef842943f4 Milwaukee Ranks 37th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Milwaukee ranked 37th safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Milwaukee will experience an auto collision every 10.6 years &ndash; the lowest number since the report began in 2005.</p> <p>"Although Milwaukee is experiencing negative trends in terms of its ranking and average years between accidents, it's important to note that the city has a 5.7% smaller collision likelihood compared to the national average," said David Hewitt, territory sales leader for Allstate in Wisconsin. "We should thank all of our Milwaukee best drivers and recognize safe driving skills."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Wisconsin finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Collision Likelihood<br /> Compared to National Average</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Average Years Betwee<br /> Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Madison (9)</td> <td align="center">-17.8%</td> <td align="center">12.2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Milwaukee (37)</td> <td align="center">-5.7%</td> <td align="center">10.6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time in the report's ten-year history, Allstate's interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city's driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, both Milwaukee and Madison's safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors. In fact, when considering population, density &amp; precipitation, Milwaukee jumps to third in the rankings.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td colspan="4"><strong>Wisconsin Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td><strong>Population</strong></td> <td><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Madison (9)</td> <td>14</td> <td>5</td> <td>7</td> <td>4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Milwaukee (37)</td> <td>7</td> <td>4</td> <td>39</td> <td>3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; # &nbsp;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p> <p><sup><em>i</em></sup> <em>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> B-roll: Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report B-roll: Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/b2634aae-5e2f-4ff2-a88b-2dd970e02696 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/b2634aae-5e2f-4ff2-a88b-2dd970e02696 B-roll: Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report B-roll: Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. Aurora Ranks 68th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Aurora ranked 68<sup>th</sup> safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> &nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>This marks the best ranking for Aurora in the 10 years of Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. Between 2013 and 2014 alone, Aurora jumped from 96<sup>th</sup> to 68<sup>th</sup>. According to the 2014 report, the average driver in Aurora will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years.</p> <p>"We're so proud to see Aurora moving in such a positive direction not just over the past year, but since its ranking of 108th 10 years ago," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate in Illinois. "We should thank all of our Aurora best drivers and recognize their safe driving skills."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Illinois finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.&nbsp; <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Rockford (25)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-10.7%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Joliet (52)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-1.0%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Aurora (68)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>3.8%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Naperville (107)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Chicago (139)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>22.0%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.2</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/32b7b407-de17-410a-bbc4-e79b0c58f7d3 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/32b7b407-de17-410a-bbc4-e79b0c58f7d3 Aurora Ranks 68th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report™" New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 4 Related Documents, 2 Videos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg;" and Aurora ranked 68<sup>th</sup> safest among America's 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup> &nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>This marks the best ranking for Aurora in the 10 years of Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. Between 2013 and 2014 alone, Aurora jumped from 96<sup>th</sup> to 68<sup>th</sup>. According to the 2014 report, the average driver in Aurora will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years.</p> <p>"We're so proud to see Aurora moving in such a positive direction not just over the past year, but since its ranking of 108th 10 years ago," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate in Illinois. "We should thank all of our Aurora best drivers and recognize their safe driving skills."</p> <p>The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report's ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Illinois finished in the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report.&nbsp; <strong> </strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Rockford (25)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-10.7%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>11.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Joliet (52)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>-1.0%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>10.1</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Aurora (68)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>3.8%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Naperville (107)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10.8%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="149" align="center" valign="top"> <p>Chicago (139)</p> </td> <td width="176" align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>22.0%</p> </td> <td width="162" align="center" valign="top"> <p>8.2</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year's report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you're going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, 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 utilizes the America's Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America's Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years' results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p>