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D.C., Balto. rank at bottom of best drivers report

Thursday - 9/1/2011, 10:05am  ET

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WASHINGTON - When it comes to the cities with the safest drivers, D.C. and Baltimore rank at the bottom of this year's "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report."

At the top of the ranking, as the safest driving city is Fort Collins, Colo., which now holds the honor for two years in a row.

To determine the rankings, Allstate evaluated the nation's 193 largest cities in terms how frequently its drivers had collisions.

D.C. ranked at the bottom at No. 193, the same ranking it had last year. On average, D.C. drivers have accidents every 4.8 years. Compared to the national average of an accident every 10 years, the likelihood of having an accident in D.C. is 107.3 percent.

Baltimore ranks No. 192, the second worst in the nation for the second year in a row. The average number of years between accidents in Charm City is 5.3 years.

For comparison, drivers in Fort Collins get in collisions every 14 years.

Several other Virginia cities are on the list.

Alexandria ranks 184th and Arlington 180th, compared with last year's rankings of No. 177 and No. 174.

Norfolk comes in at No. 169 and was No. 156 last year.

Newport News ranks better at No. 92. It was No. 66 in 2010.

Hampton is No. 71 and Chesapeake is 68. Last year Hampton was No. 54 and Chesapeake was No. 59.

Top 10 Safest Driving Cities

  1. Fort Collins, Colo.
  2. Boise, Idaho
  3. Lincoln, Neb.
  4. Chandler, Ariz.
  5. Huntsville, Ala.
  6. Knoxville, Tenn.
  7. Springfield, Mo.
  8. Reno, Nev.
  9. Eugene, Ore.
  10. Chattanooga, Tenn.

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