CINCINNATI (WKRC/KATU) - Are we really all that bad at driving around here? A study by Allstate seems to think so...
The insurance company just released a fresh installment of their "America's Best Drivers" report -- this time factoring in cities' climates into how they rate as overall drivers. For example, you would think it's easier to drive in Los Angeles and Phoenix in the winter than, say, frozen Chicago or Minneapolis.
Cincinnati ranked a dismal 172nd out of the largest 200 cities just based on straight accident data. That's eight spots worse than last year.
Drivers in the Queen City only go on average about 6.8 years between accident claims, well below the national average of one per 10 years, the study says. Cincinnati also rated above average in drivers experiencing a "hard braking" event 19.2 times every 1,000 miles (defined as a sudden stop of 8 mph or more per second -- an indication of a near collision and potential unsafe driving practices).
Cincinnati drivers were in 167th place after factoring in precipitation, essentially saying it's no excuse.
Florida drivers get the most credit for driving in the rain -- sure it's the "Sunshine State" but it's also the nation's thunderstorm capital. Meanwhile, the desert cities are summarily dinged for having the least-challenging driving weather.
But don't think Cincinnati is unique with bad drivers in the area. Columbus was ranked 131st overall and Louisville was 133rd.
However, Lexington drivers ranked 40th, Dayton was 55th and Indianapolis was 80th.
The worst city? Baltimore, Maryland, narrowly edging out Boston and Washington, D.C. The best was declared to be Brownsville, Texas.