What Are the Worst Cities to Drive In?

What Are the Worst Cities to Drive In

Every year, just before July 4th, which is widely regarded as the deadliest day on U.S. roads,  Allstate Insurance releases its “America’s Best Drivers Report.” If you come from Brownsville, Texas, you’ll be happy to know that they won the 2019 best drivers award for the second year in a row.

However, if there is a top, there must be a bottom and, in this article, we’ll be looking at which cities came in the bottom of Allstate’s list.

Oakland, California

The largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, Oakland is also the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, and the 45th largest city in the United States.

The fact that it is both a port and a trade center probably explains why the congested roads in Oakland put them at 191 out of the 200 cities tested, which only 6.31 average years between collisions and a relative collision likelihood of 67.7%.

Los Angeles, California

No one is going to be surprised by the fact that the traffic in Los Angeles is bad. Los Angeles drivers spent, on average, 128 hours stuck in traffic in 2018 and the city placed 47th on the Worst Places to Drive in the World, although not quite as bad as first place “winner” Moscow, which saw drivers sitting in traffic for a whopping 210 hours.

The average Los Angeles driver has a collision every 5.81 years and the daily collision likelihood is a terrifying 82.0%.

Boston, Massachusetts

The city of Boston has produced many great things, including iconic accents, key events of the American Revolution, and fantastic bands named after the city, but excellent drivers are not one of them.

Part of the issue is the unusual layout of the cities roads, caused by the cities expansion through land reclamation, but the drivers don’t help, having a crash ever 4.89 years and having a relative collision likelihood, compared to the national average, of 116.5%.

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore might be the “city of neighborhoods” but you wouldn’t want to drive around any of them. The average driver in Baltimore has a crash ever 4.19 years and a relative collision likelihood, compared to the national average of 152.5%, earning the city the inglorious title of worst city to drive in America. 

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Written by:
Rich Heinrich
Master Instructor, Emeritus

Instructor and Office Administrator

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