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The good news: D.C. doesn’t have the worst drivers in the country. The bad news: We’re pretty darn close to having the worst drivers in the country.
Allstate insurance released its annual “America’s Best Drivers Report,” and D.C. ranked 198 on the list of 200 cities. Worcester, Mass., residents took the title for the worst drivers, followed by nearby Boston.
The insurance company estimates that D.C. drivers have an accident once every 5.1 years—-that’s nearly twice as many car accidents as the national average, according to the company’s data.
Allstate compiled the data by calculating the frequency of accidents that result in property damage among their customers in 2011 and 2012 in the 200 largest cities that Allstate serves.
D.C. has ranked as the worst drivers in the country for the last six years, according to these Allstate rankings. Massachusetts had not been included in previous lists because the insurance company only recently started providing services in the state.
Fort Collins, Colo., topped the list this year, just as it did last year. Drivers there have a car accident, on average, once every 14.2 years.
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