If you drive in Anchorage, here is something you already knew: It ain’t safe out there.
In fact, based on collision frequency, the city ranks 132 out of 200 of the nation’s largest cities on the Allstate Insurance Co.’s ninth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report.”
The 2013 report concludes the average driver in Anchorage will experience an auto collision every 8.7 years – about 15 percent more likely than the national average.
It is hard to believe, what with stop lights being advisory and speed limits being ignored and generally lousy driving habits being the norm, but Anchorage drivers are among the worst in the nation – despite nifty radio ads telling us how safe our public employees make us.
“America’s Safest Driving City,” it turns out, is Fort Collins, Colo. – for the third year in the report’s nine-year history. The average driver there will be in a collision every 13.9 years. The national average, by the way, is 10 years.
We suppose we could join Allstate is urging drivers here to be more careful, but we fear it would fall on deaf ears in a community where driving too often is a blood sport and daily we all see terrible driving.
We will only say this: Drive like your life depended on it.
And good luck.