Phoenix drivers enjoy the best safety record among residents of big U.S. cities, but motorists in the East Valley are even less likely to get into an accident.
So says a new nationwide report showing Arizona's urban drivers do a good job of avoiding accidents. Mesa residents rated best in the state and 27th nationally, according to the report from Allstate Insurance Co.
But in a separate survey by Bankrate.com that measured various other aspects of vehicle ownership, Arizona didn't rank as well.
For its study, Allstate collected accident data on nine Arizona cities among 200 around the U.S. Mesa led the way, followed by Chandler, Peoria, Gilbert, Tucson and Scottsdale. In all of those places, drivers were less likely to get into accidents compared with the national average. Mesa drivers, for example, average 10.6 years between accidents and are 5.9 percent less likely to be involved in a crash.
Urban American drivers are involved in an accident once every 10 years on average, according to the report.
Motorists in Tempe, Glendale and Phoenix are slightly more likely than the national average to get into accidents. But adjusted for population density, all nine Arizona cities were deemed less accident-prone than average, according to Allstate. Phoenix, in fact, had the best driver safety record of cities with more than 1 million residents.
Kansas City, Kan., had the best driving record overall, according to the 2015 Allstate report. Rounding out the top five were Brownsville, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Cape Coral, Fla. Boston's accident record was the worst overall. Baltimore and Washington, D.C., also finished near the bottom.
The nine Arizona cities examined also scored well for driver safety in Allstate's 2014 driving study, although the rankings changed a bit. Gillbert took top honors in the state last year, followed by Mesa and Chandler.