Report: Philadelphia Drivers Among the Worst in the U.S.

Don’t read this while driving: A new report from Allstate says, of the 200 cities surveyed, Philadelphia drivers are only the 192nd-safest in the country.

Allstate’s annual America’s Best Drivers Report is out, and Philadelphia doesn’t fare so well. Among the 200 cities Allstate ranks for safe driving, Philadelphia finished 192nd. In the report, Philadelphia ranks lowest of any city with more than 700,000 people.

To be fair, there are a few comparable East Coast cities with worse drivers than Philly: Boston ranks 199th (Worcester, Mass., is last), while Washington D.C. is 198th and Baltimore is 195th. Take that, other reasonably sized nearby cities! (Philly also beat some smaller cities: Glendale, Calif.; Alexandria, Virginia; Springfield, Mass.; and Providence.) Los Angeles ranked 188th, Pittsburgh 187th and New York City 155th.

Fort Collins, Colo., was named the safest-driving city for the fourth consecutive year.

“Allstate is showing drivers that factors like population, a city’s density and precipitation may contribute to their driving safety to reveal important lessons on the road,” Allstate EVP Mike Roche said in a release.

In the first year of the list, Philadelphia was ranked 185th — its highest ever. The ranking of 192nd this year is the city’s worst ever.


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  • Taxpayer

    Maybe the PPD should start doing their jobs by aggressively enforcing traffic laws like in other major cities. Then we will have better drivers and safer streets.

  • recent transplant

    Having just moved from NYC, I can’t believe that cell phone use while driving is legal here. New York drivers are bad, but at least fewer of them are holding the phone up to their ears, or even worse, texting. It’s just stupid.

    • JayBee

      It’s not…in the city. Statewide it’s OK. But, ya know, Philadelphians aren’t known for being too… what’s the word I’m looking for? oh yeah…”bright.” Just like blowing through red lights/stop signs without blinking an eye. Doing 60 down (place any crowded city street name here). Going the wrong way on 1-way streets. Blocking the crosswalk. Using the wrong side of the stairs/escalator. Yup, that’s how they roll. Welcome to Philly. As opined by someone with NY blood. BTW, the “Have a great day” also means “go f-yerself” depending on the tone.

      • recent transplant

        Thanks JayBee, I’ll keep that in mind. (Of course, in NYC, sometimes “go f-yerself” sometimes means “have a great day.”)

  • Mb

    There is NO WAY that driving in Philly is worse than NYC. NO WAY!

    • NotFromPhillybutlivesinPhllly.

      You must be from Philly.

    • recent transplant


  • NotFromPhillybutlivesinPhllly.

    Not surprised. I’ve never lived in a city where the lack of enforcement of basic traffic laws is so blatant and expected. If you aren’t speeding in the slow lane you have somebody honking on their horn behind you. Stop signs/signals and traffic lanes are merely suggestions. And don’t even get me started about Philly’s love affair with tailgating. The worst part is Philly drivers actually believe they are better drivers than they actually are. The only thing that will get you pulled over is driving while black. Great job PPD!!