Madison ranked among top driving cities

Allstate ranks Madison as fourth safest driving city in America
Madison ranked among top driving cities

Madison drivers can toot their own horns after Allstate Insurance Company’s latest driving report.

The eighth annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report ranked Madison as one of the safest driving cities in America, according to the insurance company.

Madison was ranked fourth.

The rankings are based on Allstate claims data and collision frequency in America’s 200 largest cities.

The fourth place ranking is up 13 spots from last year, said Allstate. According to the 2012 report, the average driver in Madison will experience an auto collision every 13 years.

“Drivers in Madison are making great progress toward keeping America’s roadways safer,” said David Hewitt, Allstate Territory Sales Leader in Wisconsin. “We salute Madison’s best drivers and recognize their safe driving skills, which make all of our communities safer places to live, work and raise families.”

The report named Sioux Falls, S.D. as the safest driving city in America for the fifth time.

Allstate releases the report in hopes of educating Americans about safe driving practices. While car crash fatalities are at their lowest since 1949, more than 32,000 fatalities still occur every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can practice on the road that will help make our roadways safer,” said Hewitt. “Minimizing distractions, obeying traffic laws, and using your car’s safety features like turn signals and headlights are all ways to be safer, no matter where you drive.”

In the wake of their Best Drivers Report, Allstate offered several tips for drivers in small cities and suburban areas. Watch the speed limit, warned Allstate, and look out for pedestrians. The insurance company also advises drivers to know the rules of the road and keep a safe distance between cars.