Visalia Named Safest City in State in New Allstate ‘Best Drivers Report’

Allstate Insurance Company released its 10th annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” last week, and Visalia ranks first in California and seventh nationally as safest among America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency.

According to the report, the average driver in Visalia will experience an auto collision every 12.4 years – an improvement of one month or more for the second consecutive year – and a collision rate 19% better than the U.S. average.

“It’s always interesting to see how our cities’ rankings change over time,” said Phil Telgenhoff, field senior vice president of Allstate in California. “We congratulate all the best drivers in Visalia and across California, and recognize their safe driving skills.

“We don’t want any California drivers to be discouraged by their city ranking,” he added. “Instead, we want the report to challenge them to make positive changes to their driving. By reducing distractions and by looking at the new report and how outside factors impact the rankings, we can become better drivers.”

The Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate a dialogue on safe driving. 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% less likely than the national average of 10 years.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70% 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.

To view the complete Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years’ results, visit www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport.

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