If you haven’t been in a car accident in more than a decade, you’re not alone.
Fort Wayne is one of the safer metropolitan areas for folks behind the wheel, according to an Allstate Insurance Co. report that ranks the nation’s 200 largest cities based on vehicle collision frequency.
The Summit City placed 32nd on the list. A weighted average of a two-year period, from January 2010 to December 2011, determined the annual percentages. The average driver in Fort Wayne will experience a crash every 11.1 years.
Officials at the Insurance Institute of Indiana, an industry lobby organization, are pleased.
“When you look at Indiana, it’s generally safe to say we’re among the lowest states for auto insurance premiums and that’s a result of our good drivers,” said Jon Zarich, vice president of government affairs for the institute. “Congratulations to Fort Wayne.”
According to the Insurance Information Institute, the annual average insurance expenditure in Indiana is $624, compared with $791 for the nation.
Fort Wayne is the highest-ranking Hoosier city for the second year in a row. Indianapolis fell 15 spots this year to 75th.
“We salute Fort Wayne’s best drivers and recognize their safe driving skills, which make all of our communities safer places to live, work and raise families,” Steve Westrick, an Allstate agency owner, at 8938 Lima Road, said in a statement.
Topping the ninth annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report was Fort Collins, Colo., where a crash occurs every 13.9 years, 28.2 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.
According to the most recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crash fatalities increased by more than 1,700 from 2011 to 2012, the first year-to-year increase since 2005.
“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,” Westrick said. “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.”