Well, we're not the WORST drivers in the country . . . .
I love the Northwest, but I have to be honest -- I think there are a lot of bad drivers here. (And of course, I'm not one of them. Isn't that the way we all look at it?)
Apparently Allstate crunches the numbers every year and puts together a list of the cities with the worst drivers, and . . . it doesn't look good, people.
If #1 is the city with the best drivers (that would be Ft. Collins, Colorado) and #193 has the worst drivers (that would be Washington, D.C.,) where do we rank?
Way, way down the list. Seattle ranks #147. If it's any consolation, Bellevue does a little better at #145, and Tacoma ranks #141. That's better than L.A. (#182) and San Francisco (#185,) but not as good as Portland (#128) or Boise (#2? WTF?) Seattle actually dropped from #128 last year. So not only are we bad, we're getting worse!
Maybe it has to do with our affection for dawdling in the left lane, which we do a lot around here, even though it's illegal, as I've already pointed out here. Or maybe we're too polite at 4-way stop signs -- "You go." "No, YOU go!" -- which slows things down. Whatever. How about if we all try really hard to do better next year -- agreed?
Here's the story.
And here's the link to a PDF of the whole list.