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Allstate lists cities with "America's Best Drivers"

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NORTHBROOK -- Fort Collins, Colo., has the safest drivers in the nation, according to a report from the Allstate Insurance Company.

The company's "America's Best Drivers Report" America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers, according to Allstate claim data.

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Fort Collins made the top of Allstate's list for a second year in a row. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14 years, which is 28.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.

"Each year we hope the report will increase awareness on the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel," said Mike Roche, executive vice president, Allstate's Claim Organization. "We want to recognize the city of Fort Collins for again being the safest driving city in America, and we salute all of America's safe drivers, who help make our communities better places to live, work and raise families."

Fort Collins city officials credit their residents with earning the safe driving recognition.

"For the second year in a row, we've earned the title of the safest driving city in America due to the responsible behavior and safe driving habits of our residents," said Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat. "Safety is a critical component to creating a world-class city; we have our residents to thank as they are undoubtedly the reason Fort Collins is one of the best places to live, work, and play. I'm honored to be a part of a community that is consistently recognized as one of the nation's best."

Auto crashes in general have declined over the last few years, but crash fatalities still average more than 32,000 every year despite technological advances, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Human behavior is the biggest cause of accidents. It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can demonstrate on the road that will help make our roadways safer," said Roche.

Allstate offers the following safe driving tips drivers should consider:

• Minimize distractions: Engaging in any other activity while driving -- talking on your cellphone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup -- is a distraction.

• Be aware of road conditions: Ice, snow, fog, rain -- all of these weather conditions require extra caution and slower speeds.

• Leave a safe distance between your car and others around you: Maintain at least one car length space between your car and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed.

• Steer clear of road rage: Reduce stress on the road by allowing plenty of time for travel, planning your route in advance, and altering your schedule or route to avoid congested roads. Remember not to challenge aggressive drivers and stay as far away from them as possible.

• Maintenance matters: Ultimately, safety also depends on the maintenance of your car. Ensure that your car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery and hoses are in good working order.

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