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Be Careful Out There: Columbia Has Bad Drivers

Columbia ranks near the bottom of Allstate's list of cities with the best drivers.

Think drivers are bad in Columbia? 

You're not alone. 

Columbia is near the bottom of Allstate Insurance Company's list of cities with the best drivers, ranking 134 out of 195. 

The report, which was released this week, ranks the country's biggest cities based on the frequency of car collisions from the company's claims data.

Tell us in the comments: What are your biggest complaints about drivers in the Columbia area? How could they improve?

Nationwide, the average driver will experience a crash every 10 years, according to the report. In Columbia, drivers will experience a wreck every 8.6 years. That makes drivers here 16.5 percent more likely to crash compared to the national average.

Sioux Falls, S.D., ranked the number one place for the best drivers, according to the report. The average driver there goes 13.8 years without crashing.

Washington, D.C., ranked the worst. The average driver there crashes every 4.5 years.

The "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report" was created to boost the country's discussion about safe driving, according to a press release from the company. 

So far in 2012, 40 people have died on Lexington County roads, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. Another 34 people have died on Richland County roads.

Laura August 31, 2012 at 04:55 PM
There are alot of people in the state who need to go back and study the driver's manual. Proper distance between cars, what Yeild means, what to do at a 4 way stop. Who has the right of way. How to use turn signals, and the median lane useage. I have never seen so many inconsiderate drivers in my life! If they are in a hurry they tailgate you, blow their horn and yell obsentaties.. Even though you are going the legal speed limit, or less depending on weather conditions. No wonder we were voted one of the worst! People need to leave themselves time of traffic tie-ups. If they did, they would have less accidents, lower blood presure and less injuries due to accidents. And PLEASE STAY OFF your CELL PHONES while driving! I see people swerving (alot of times with small kids in the car) risking their lives and the lives of others because they are trying to talk or text on their phone. A minute of their time is not worth the life of others!
Shawn Drury August 31, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I'm with you Ken. All lanes are not created equal, move it over!
Shireese Bell August 31, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I agree, Laura. Some people act like they have no idea what to do when they reach a yield sign. The worst spot is on St. Andrews Road. There's a yield sign right before the Exxon station where drivers are coming off the interstate. It's the worst spot for people trying to get over and make that right on Burning Tree Drive by Chuck E. Cheese's.
Robert Kelly September 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Ken, I agree that people who are not in the process of passing anyone and are driving slower than the people behind them should move over. That said, I am one of the guilty ones in areas of merging entrance ramps. I keep out of the right hand lane if there are entrance ramps. It is clear that drivers ed and license testing did not make sure people knew how to merge onto the interstates! These people who merge at slower than highway speeds need re-education. They are hazard coming off a ramp at 50 mph when the traffic is moving at 65.
Leslie Boland September 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Oh man, a 4 way stop tickles me pink and my husband and I have agreed that the person with 'official' right of way is the one waved on first! :D

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