In a dubious distinction, motorists in Lancaster and Palmdale have been listed among the worst drivers in the nation.
According to Allstate’s 13th annual America’s Best Drivers Report, based on the insurance company’s claims data, Los Angeles ranked 193rd out of 200 cities, when it comes to safety behind the wheel. Lancaster came in 72nd, and Palmdale 71st, which may sound unusual because Southland drivers are probably on the road more than anyone else in the United States.
Other Southern California cities making the list were Glendale, ranked 195th, Fullerton, ranked 188th; Garden Grove at 184th, Torrance (179th), Pasadena (171st), Anaheim (168th), Irvine (161st), Long Beach (155th), Corona (146th), Santa Ana (135th), Riverside (121st), San Diego (115th), Santa Clarita (109th), Orange (108th), Chula Vista (106th), Oceanside (100th), Escondido (98th), Pomona (96th), Moreno Valley (95th), and Huntington Beach (86th).
The top ranking went to Kansas City, Mo. Boston finished 200th.
The America’s Best Drivers Report was released in advance of the July Fourth holiday, which Allstate—citing the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—called “the perennial deadliest day on the road for U.S. drivers.”
Allstate offered the following tips for safer driving:
— eliminate distractions, including electronic devices;
— allow plenty of time to reach your destination without rushing;
— obey speed limits and all other traffic laws;
— take heed of road conditions;
— leave a safety buffer between your vehicle and the one in front of you; and
— keep your vehicle properly maintained.