Allstate: Cape Coral ranks 5th for safe drivers in the US
The American Red Cross offers these tips for road warriors out and about over the long July 4 weekend.
Those unlucky few who got in a car crash in Cape Coral this week can find comfort in odds that predict they likely won't have to file another claim until August 2029.
The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report, issued this week, indicates that Cape Coral drivers are 18.1 percent less likely to have a crash than their fellow Americans in the nation's 200 largest cities. And once they do, they won't get in another for 12.2 years.
It doesn't mean that body shops in the 185,000-population city are any less busy than their counterparts, however.
"This is an extremely busy collision center; that means people are banging cars up," said owner and President Chuck Romano, of West Coast Collision, 901 Country Club Blvd., Cape Coral.
Only Kansas City, Kansas; Brownsville, Texas; Madison, Wisconsin; and Huntsville, Alabama rank better. Top-ranked Kansas City drivers are 32.8 percent less likely to have a crash and go 14.9 years between crashes.
In the worst city in the study, Boston drivers last 3.6 years between claims.
Romano says despite the decade-plus gap most people have between crashes, he does see repeat business.
His shop, at nearly 35 years old, has 21 employees, including six body technicians and three painters who work an average of 200 cars per month.
Kevin Greenwell, of East and Greenwell Insurance company in Estero, said the release of the report and its timing are a catalyst to talk about safe driving practices heading into the July 4 holiday weekend.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found July and August are the deadliest months on the road, averaging 116 deaths a day.
"It’s a big issue," he said of distracted driving. "It's magnified itself over the last three to five years" as cell phone usage proliferates.
He said the boom in population also creates challenges.
"What’s happening in Florida is there's 1,000 new people per day," he said. "Our traffic has just gone crazy. You really just have to do the best you can."
Allstate controlled for population density and annual precipitation.
When the list is adjusted for taking rain and snow into account, Cape Coral rises to fourth on the list, and Madison falls to sixth.
The only other Florida city on the Top 10 list is eighth-ranked Port St. Lucie, whose drivers average 12 years between crashes and are 16.7 percent less likely to be in a crash compared to the national average.
When adjusted for weather, Port St. Lucie rises to fifth.
Allstate’s auto policies represent nearly 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, the report said.
10 safest-driving cities
|City & Overall Ranking||Average Years|
(National Average: 10)
|Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average|
|1. Kansas City, Kansas||14.9||32.8% less likely|
|2. Brownsville, Texas||14.5||30.9% less likely|
|3. Madison, Wisconsin||12.5||19.9% less likely|
|4. Huntsville, Alabama||12.4||19.4% less likely|
|5. Cape Coral, Florida||12.2||18.1% less likely|
|6. Boise, Idaho||12||16.9% less likely|
|7. Laredo, Texas||12||16.8% less likely|
|8. Port Saint Lucie, Florida||12||16.7% less likely|
|9. McAllen, Texas||11.8||15.2% less likely|
|10. Olathe, Kansas||11.8||15.1% less likely|
Source: 2017 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report: