4. By the numbers: Are Seattle drivers really THAT bad?
Last week, we took a look at Seattle’s traffic and how it ranked both nationally and internationally. While the 138 hours Seattleites spent in traffic in 2018 is no small fact to overlook, we can now take a look into one of the possible biggest reasons for the major traffic jams: bad driving.
There seems to be a general consensus that driving is not a strong points of locals. Yet everyone one of those drivers who clog I-5 north and south through the heart of the city day in and day out are presumed to have passed their driving exams, so how bad can they really be? The answer is really bad compared to the rest of the country.
According to the Allstate Best Drivers report for 2019, Seattle ranks 155th among 200 cities surveyed on their driving skills. This translates into Seattle being the 155th safest city for drivers among the 200 cities surveyed. Yikes! Below are some stats that look at the not-so-good, bad and ugly components of Seattle drivers:
Where Seattle drivers rank among 200 cities surveyed in the U.S. over the past decade:
2019: 155th 2018: 179th 2017: 181st 2016: 183rd 2015: 184th 2014: 173rd 2013: 160th 2012: 154th 2011: 147th 2010: 128th
More stats about Seattle drivers:
Seattle drivers go an average of 7.7 years between collisions. The national average is 10.6 years.
Seattle drivers average slamming on their brakes 20.6 times per 1,000 miles. The national average is 19 times.
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