Seattle, Tacoma & Bellevue drivers among worst in country, report says


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    According to Allstate, Seattle is bad for driving. Not the worst, but pretty bad.

    In the organization's annual report on America's Best Drivers, the Emerald City ranked just 179 out of 200, behind Tacoma (167) and Bellevue (157).

    On the bright side this year's ranking shows an improvement over last year when we were 181.

    Allstate Insurance's America's Best Drivers report ranked the top 200 biggest cities in the U.S. based on how often its residents files insurance claims.

    Of course all this is being processed by the average year between claims, with data being pulled from January 2014 through December 2015. It was weighed against the relative claim likelihood compared to the national average. Seattle was 55.2 percent more likely to make a claim than the national average, with the average driver going 6.4 years between claims.

    So it's possible that Seattle's long-running data shows that Seattleites are better drivers than No. 179.

    But while we'd like to fight them, it's hard to argue. Seattle may not have the "hot-headed" reputation that other (East Coast) cities do, but our persistent shyness behind the wheel can make us just as unpredictable.

    This time of the year it's only more clear: On one of the final sunny days of summer, you'll find plenty of drivers yelling "Seattleites can't drive in the nice weather!" And when our first soggy day of fall comes, we'll all remember that despite our record-rain fall they can't drive in wet weather either.

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