Are Milwaukee Drivers Safe Drivers?

Allstate Insurance uses claims data to rank the top 200 safest driving cities. Hint: Milwaukee is a lot higher than Chicago.

Next time you’re driving around Milwaukee and feel the urge to drop a one-finger salute on the guy who changed lanes without signaling, remember this: He’s part of the 15th-safest driving city in America.

Unless he’s got Illinois plates — Chicago is ranked 152nd.

The ratings are courtesy of Allstate Insurance Company, which ranked the country’s 200 largest cities based on Allstate claims data for its eighth annual “America’s Best Drivers” report.

Milwaukee drivers have an accident once every 11.8 years, according to the data, which is 15.2 percent better than the national average of 10 years. The city was among the top 21 for the first five years of the report before falling to 42nd and then 38th the last two years.

We will be out on those roads slightly more this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA Wisconsin. The organization estimates 711,000 Wisconsinites will travel this weekend, an increase of 1.8 percent from last year. Auto travel accounts for almost 90 percent of that amount.

This year’s safest city according to Allstate's rankings? Sioux Falls, SD, which earned the honor for the fifth consecutive year. Northeastern cities fill the lower part of the rankings, with Washington, DC drivers averaging an accident every 4.7 years.

According to Allstate’s press release, a weighted average of the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages. The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate's auto policies represent about 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies.

David Tatarowicz August 31, 2012 at 09:14 PM
@Matthew From what I was reading, outstate driving has fewer accidents, but more fatalities --- two lane roads, etc --- not good separation of traffic mixed with high speed. In urban areas, there are more accidents but fewer fatalities --- hi ways are usually divided expressways, so usually going in same direction if they do hit, and city streets are very conducive to accidents, but with lower speeds, not the same carnage as a T Bone or Head On in the country on a two lane road.
David Tatarowicz August 31, 2012 at 09:18 PM
As a side note, when driving in Illinois on tollways or freeways, the trucks have to be out of left lane, and I see trucks often pulled over by the state troopers. In the Milwaukee area especially, every morning and evening in heavy traffic you see the semis barrelling down the left lane, or if not speeding, impeding traffic and hindering sight lines. I have often seen the State Troopers in other counties with trucks pulled over --- but can't remember the last time I saw a Milw County Sheriff pull over a truck. I think that is because the Troopers have training in trucking safety requirements, logbooks, authorities, permits, etc ........ while the Sheriff patrol does not, and they are hesitant to get caught up in handling vehicles and requirements they are not familiar with, or been taught how to deal with.
JustMe August 31, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Vicki: Are tthe North Shore Nancys the same as soccer moms?
Sunrocket August 31, 2012 at 10:04 PM
JustMe - the term Nancy NorthShore has been around for ages. It implies a well dressed, usually in traditional attire and appropriately accessorized, well coifed hair, stay at home mom/wife of an executive husband/father that lives in Bayside, Fox Point, WFB, Shorewood and maybe Mequon. A Nancy Northshore could be a soccer mom but not all soccer mom's are Nancy Northshore.
Vicki Bennett September 01, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Yup! They are soccer moms and more. They go through life believing that they can do anything without repercussions. They feel entitled in every way. There are many, many of them on the north shore of Milwaukee.


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