I’ve lived in Jacksonville, FL for the past three years, and I’ve got to say that our drivers are among the worst you’ll find on the planet. First, there are only two kinds of drivers here: those that drive 20 miles per hour below the speed limit (and, surprisingly, this isn’t limited to blue-haired old ladies) and those who drive hammer down, all the time. Every single woman driver has a cell phone glued to her ear, and about 60% of the men do, too. Rain in Jacksonville is treated like snow over black ice would be in the northeast; everyone slows to ten miles per hour and won’t corner faster than single digit speeds. If you’re a competent driver, it’s almost enough to turn you into a serial killer.
Allstate Insurance has just released their sixth annual survey on “America’s Best Drivers”, which highlights the best and worst cities for driving in the United States. I have to say I’m surprised, because Jacksonville finished 69th out of 193 cities, which means that 124 cities have worse drivers than Jacksonville. Excuse me while my head explodes.
Want to know the top five cities? According to Allstate, these are:
1. Fort Collins, CO, where you can expect to go 14.5 years without an accident
2. Chattanooga, TN, where you can expect to go 12.9 years without an accident
3. Boise, ID, where you can also expect to go 12.9 years without an accident
4. Colorado Springs, CO, where you can expect to go 12.5 years without an accident
5. Knoxville, TN, where you can expect to go 12.4 years without an accident
Any list that has a top five also has to have a bottom five. If you live in or travel to these cities, heads up. You may want to think about buying a disposable car so you won’t car when it gets wrecked. The five worst cities in the U.S. for drivers are:
189. San Antonio, TX, where you can expect an accident every 7.7 years
190. Chicago, IL, where you can expect an accident every 7.6 years
191. Dallas, TX, where you can expect an accident every 7.4 years
192. Los Angeles, CA, where you can expect an accident every 6.9 years (and a police chase every afternoon)
193. Philadelphia, PA, where you can expect an accident every 6.5 years
The common theme in the bottom five cities appears to be “places I wouldn’t want to live”, so I’m probably safe from becoming a statistic in the seventh annual Allstate report.