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A list of America's best and worst driving cities

Insurance company Allstate has released it seventh annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report" revealing the American cities with the best and worst drivers.

And America's safest driving city is... Fort Collins, Colo. It is the second year in a row that the city has claimed the top spot. The report says the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14 years. That's 28.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.

The report is based on Allstate claims data, and it ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers.

The top 10 safest driving cities:

Meanwhile, the U.S. city with the worst drivers is Washington D.C. This is Washington's third consecutive year coming in last place. Other cities joining Washington on the worst list include Baltimore, Los Angeles and Newark, N.J.

"Human behavior is the biggest cause of accidents. It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can demonstrate on the road that will help make our roadways safer," said Mike Roche, executive vice president of Allstate's Claim Organization, in a press release.

Among cities with more than one million residents, Phoenix, Ariz. ranked at the top of the safety list. U.S. cities with populations of one million-plus are more likely than the national average to experience a collision.

Cities with more than a million residents:

To help improve your own driving safety, Allstate offers these 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 your car. Ensure that your car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery and hoses are in good working order.

View a complete list here (PDF) to see America's best and worst driving cities. And check out a special series Marketplace Money did on America's obsession with cars. Plus, explore a map of America's car culture.

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Daryl Paranada is the associate web producer for Marketplace overseeing all daily website content and production, as well as producing multimedia features -- including the popular economic explainer series Whiteboard -- and special projects. Follow him on Twitter @darylparanada.
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You looosa Basstin has ta wicke good drivers.

This must be what Mark Twain meant about "lies, damned lies and statistics". I can see Ft Collins being low because you it's so congested that you can't get enough speed up to put a dent in another car. But Phoenix and Chandler are virtually the same place!

This must be what Mark Twain meant about "lies, damned lies and statistics". I can see Ft Collins being low because you it's so congested that you can't get enough speed up to put a dent in another car. But Phoenix and Chandler are virtually the same place!

I'm one of the ten thousand cyclists in Fort Collins, and I never hesitate to ride my bike anywhere in town. The drivers are as courteous to cyclists as they are to each other. It's when I leave the city limits that the drivers start to get squirrelly.

Now, when you said you nearly got "creamed", are you referring that in a sexual situation?... Beecause 3 times in less than an hour, that's a lot!

I completely agree with this study, due to personal experience. I live in the Phoenix area, and most drivers are pretty good... everyone drives fast, but most drivers are fine. The ones who are terrible are the teenage boys and the out-of-state visitors from California. We spent the summer in Washington DC, and the drivers are horrible. Every day, I got cut off, tailgated, or nearly sideswiped. In one day, I nearly got creamed three times in less than an hour, and that was after being there for five weeks, and knowing all the traffic patterns on my commute. I (and two other cars) almost got hit by a dump truck that ran a very stale red light. I have driven all over the country for over 20 years, and have never seen such bad driving as I did in Washington DC. It sort of explains why Congress is so messed up if everyone there has to drive in that traffic. It certainly raised my blood pressure every day.

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