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Proof That Austin Actually Can’t Drive


By Audrey Browning

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Austin is ranked number 166 on Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report 2015, which orders the 200 largest U.S. cities from best to worst drivers. Obviously, being 166th out of 200 isn’t that good, but we still outranked DFW.

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The criteria for the rankings include each driver’s likelihood of being in a wreck and how often the average driver is involved in a wreck. These attributes are then compared to the national averages.

In 2014, Austin ranked 159 on the report and each driver averaged 7.7 years between incidents. In 2015, Austinites are 37.1 percent more likely than the average American to be in an accident, a 6.8 percent increase from last year.

Nearly all of Texas’ largest cities – Houston, Dallas, Austin, Arlington – rank in the bottom quarter of American cities.

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Irving drivers are the worst in Texas, where the average driver has a 44.4% greater chance of wrecking compared to all Americans. Brownsville ranks second in the country, with the average driver going more than thirteen years between accidents.

It seems like Austin drivers are only getting worse: As of October 11th, Austin has had 74 fatal crashes, with a total of 82 fatalities. At this point last year, those numbers were nearly halved.

Austin’s traffic congestion also ranked thirteenth nationwide this year, and has made the list for several years in a row.

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Flickr/shacharabiry



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