Auto Safety: Rockford ranked 36th on 2011 ‘Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report’

Staff Report

The Allstate Insurance Company released its seventh annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” Sept. 1. The report ranks America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers according to Allstate data.

In the 2011 report, Rockford ranks as one of the safest driving cities, landing at 36 on the list. According to the report, the average driver in Rockford will experience an auto collision every 10.8 years.

Drivers in Rockford are making great progress toward keeping America’s roadways safer,” said Brian Cobb, Allstate territory sales leader in Illinois. “We salute Rockford’s best drivers, and recognize their safe driving skills, which make all of our communities safer places to live, work and raise families.”

The Allstate America’s Best Driver’s Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue about safe driving that saves lives. This year’s top honor of “America’s Safest Driving City” is Fort Collins, Colo., the second consecutive year for the city at the top spot. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14 years, which is 28.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.

Following is a look at how other cities in Illinois finished: Joliet, 95th; Aurora, 111th; Naperville, 124th; and Chicago, 156th.

Auto crashes in general have declined over the last few years, but crash fatalities still average more than 32,000 every year, despite technological advances, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Human behavior is the biggest cause of crashes. It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can practice on the road that will help make our roadways safer,” said Cobb.

Allstate offers the following safe driving tips:

Minimize distractions — Engaging in any other activity while driving — talking on your cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup — is a distraction.

Be aware of road conditions — Ice, snow, fog, rain — all of these weather conditions require extra caution and slower speeds.

Leave a safe distance between your car and others around you — Maintain at least one car length space between your car and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed.

Steer clear of road rage — Reduce stress on the road by allowing plenty of time for travel, planning your route in advance and altering your schedule or route to avoid congested roads. Remember not to challenge aggressive drivers and stay as far away from them as possible.

Maintenance matters — Ultimately, safety also depends on the maintenance of one’s car. Ensure your car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery and hoses are in good working order.

For the past seven years, Allstate actuaries have conducted an in-depth analysis of company claim data to determine the likelihood drivers in America’s 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. Internal property damage reported claims were analyzed over a two-year period (from January 2008 to December 2009) to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences such as weather or road construction.

A weighted average of the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages. The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate’s auto policies represent about 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what’s happening on America’s roadways.

To view the complete “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report,” or to see results from previous years, visit

From the Sept. 7-13, 2011, issue

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