Reno Ranked Sixth Safest City to Drive in Nation

RENO, Nev. -- Allstate Insurance just released its 9th Annual America's Best Drivers report, ranking Fort Collins, CO as the safest city to drive in the nation, but Reno wasn't too far behind.

Reno ranks sixth in the nation for the safest places to drive, which is two spots up from last year. It's good news for locals, but even some drivers say, Allstate might want to take a second look.

"I think it's bull. It's got to be the worst cities I've driven in," a Reno residents said.

"It's pretty shocking actually because I don't see too many safe drivers out there," another Reno resident said.

Not many residents saw it coming. A high ranking means safe driving, for the most part.

"It never would have come to my mind that Reno would be right up there," a Reno resident of 25 years said.

"We are the biggest in the world so we do have a lot of traffic that goes along the highway with a lot of local people and also commuters and visitors coming into the state," Trooper David Gibson of Nevada Highway Patrol said.

"Coming from California...they say California drivers are some of the worst drivers; I think they're worse here," one Reno resident complained. "On a daily basis I almost always get rear ended or hit on the freeway."

With new programs instilled on the road this year, the number of car accidents dropped form an estimated 1,600 to 1,500 from last year, putting us at number six.

"Just last month we had the I-80 challenge, which was a big deal for us all the way across the state and across the nation, we were able to bring the numbers down especially with fatalities," Trooper Gibson said.

Even with the boost in traffic enforcement, according to Allstate's report, the average driver in Reno will get into a car accident once every 12 years.

"People still try to text and use cell phones, a lot of people think that they can still do it and get away with it," he said.

Authorities say the biggest threat for drivers in Reno is falling too close.

"If you watch your speed you have a longer reaction time, the more reaction time you have the better you can be at avoiding an accident."

Las Vegas is ranked 130 out of the 200 cities.

Authorities advise that drivers watch the speed limit especially in the dark, keep at a safe distance between large vehicles and motorcycles and most importantly, put away those cell phones.

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