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Kansas City Drivers Top Allstate Report as Nation’s Most Careful

Drivers in Kansas City, Kansas, are the safest on the road, bumping Fort Collins, Colorado, from the distinction it had enjoyed for four years, insurer Allstate Corp. said in releasing a study of traffic-crash data.

The average driver in Kansas City wrecks every 13.3 years, below the national average of every 10 years, the Northbrook, Illinois-based insurer said Tuesday in the report. Fort Collins fell to fourth place in the newest ranking by Allstate, the largest publicly traded U.S. car and home insurer.

Allstate analyzed auto-claims data from January 2012 to December 2013 to rank the 200 largest U.S. cities. The insurer also pulled information about braking habits from its Drivewise program, which uses technology to monitor driving practices and can lead to rewards for safe motorists.

“Distracted driving is one of the main causes for collisions,” Allstate said in the statement. “Common driving distractions include eating, grooming, talking on a cell phone or texting, interacting with other passengers, adjusting navigation devices and playing loud music.”

Drivers in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, are at the bottom of Allstate’s report. Boston drivers have an accident every 3.9 years, the worst average in the study. New York City’s drivers ranked 151st, averaging a wreck every 7.7 years.