Albuquerque ranks below average in safe driver survey

Posted at: 08/27/2013 6:08 PM
Updated at: 08/28/2013 10:42 AM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4



What's one word you would use to describe Albuquerque drivers?

According to the Allstate Insurance Company, two words describe us: Below Average.

In a survey looking for the best drivers in 200 cities, Albuquerque came in at 121. No argument from people KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to on the road today.

"I'm from New York, and when I come out here and I drive, I don't watch the way I drive; I watch the way other people drive," said Randy Hayes, a New York City native. "You have to be careful out here, that's all."

Adrian Garcia gets around town mostly on her bicycle. She has a different vantage point than most, and she sees plenty of mistakes that drivers make.

"They don't really give me the right of way sometimes when I have it," Garcia said.

Allstate's survey looked at data like crash fatalities and number of collisions. It even factored in "big city vs. small city" driving. No shortage of common mistakes made here by drivers.

No, Albuquerque isn't at the bottom, but the city dropped from last year's position of mediocrity.

A closer look shows, according to Allstate's numbers, drivers in Albuquerque are involved in an accident every nine years. Local drivers are 13 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than the national average.

The safest drivers in America are in Fort Collins, Colorado. The most dangerous? Washington D.C.