Slate’s “Scientific” Study Ranks Philly Drivers 2nd-Worst in Country

Slate is tired of unscientific, totally subjective studies about the country’s “worst” drivers? (I am too: My hometown of Boston always seems to wind up #1.) So it devised a weighted, data-driven analysis to create a more reliable ranking that factored in: years between traffic accidents, automotive fatalities, alcohol-related driving deaths, and pedestrian strikes.” One of the ways they did this was by adjusting the big annual Allstate report on city driving so that mileage disparities were accounted for. In 2012, that study found that Philly drivers averaged 6.1 years between collisions, the sixth-worst rate in the country. Adjusted for how few miles Philadelphians actually drive, that turned into the worst rate in the country. And overall, the second-worst driving city in the country.

Drivers in the city of brotherly love enjoy a good love tap behind the wheel. Second-places finishes in collisions and pedestrian strikes overwhelm their semi-respectable 16th-place ranking in DWI deaths.

Though this is partly a product of its narrow one-way Center City streets, I’ve witnesses some serious parallel parking issues. Miami, for the record, earned the worst ranking. Oh and for the record: “Boston drivers don’t deserve the torment they receive. They have few automotive fatalities and rarely kill people in alcohol-related accidents. It goes to show how flawed opinion polls can be.” [Slate]

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  • 5peakeasy

    Interesting message, but the data wasn’t adjusted for roadway design itself. We know for a fact that I-76 between Center City and Valley Forge is poorly-designed, unsafe, and obsolete, with several dangerous interchanges and ramps (South, Univerisity, City, et al.). Futhermore, we have roads like Kelly Drive, which is built to the specifications of a freeway – thereby encouraging speeding – and which has virtually no features to keep drivers from meanderandering out of their lanes.

    • chicago guy

      Totally agree. I Moved from Chicago and completely shocked by the way people drive here. Lots of speople tailgate each other and have mutiple cars crashed together. They deserved the penalty but cost my time. Please slow down.