Do You Think Drivers in Phoenix Are Safer Than Drivers in Other Big Cities?

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If you trust Allstate's data, then there's no big city in the United States with safer drivers than Phoenix.

The statistics don't take into account someone driving like a complete jackass, but just relies on accident statistics, naturally.

See also:
-Phoenix Drivers Safer Than Those in Any Other Big City in America, Study Claims

This is actually the ninth year in a row that Phoenix has the safest drivers. Additionally, Tucson and Mesa both have the safest drivers for cities their size.

But let's get some first-hand accounts: Do you really think drivers in Phoenix are safer than drivers in other big cities?

Cast your vote below:


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James Wasil
James Wasil

If they would figure out how to use a turn-signal, that would be great.

Phil Razzi
Phil Razzi

Absolutely the worst drivers I have ever seen are in Phoenix.

Matt Mendenhall
Matt Mendenhall

People in Phoenix are so miserable that it extends into their aggressive, careless driving.

Elise Harron
Elise Harron

Depends - are you polling in Blue hair season or in non-blue hair season... there is quite a difference you know?

Raymond Tucker
Raymond Tucker

Come visit San Diego for a weekend. You will have a whole new appreciation for for what you view as sucky driving.

Dianne Nowicki
Dianne Nowicki

the road designs are safer, the drivers- Absolutely not.. today someone stopped cold in the middle of traffic for no reason at all, and I almost crashed my bike braking so hard.

Victor Hoelscher
Victor Hoelscher

OMG...Anyone who would believe this crap has either never driven in Phoenix or they are a total freaking moron!! Phoenix has worse drivers than Los Angeles, New York or even Tijuana!!

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

first city, aside from LA that popped in my head when i read this. denver drivers are TERRIBLE

Arturo Yescas
Arturo Yescas

Wow I really feel for people living in other cities.

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

After driving in Chicago, I'm inclined to agree.

Suzi Dowhie
Suzi Dowhie

No. I don't. Being an Arizona native, I grew up driving the metro Phx streets and have watched the driving skills of the people go down. People inching by on the right when you're at a stop light so they can turn 45 seconds (most lights will fully cycle in no more than 2 minutes) sooner. People not obeying the stop sign on a school bus with gradeschoolers crossing the street (saw this happen yesterday). People racing through intersections when the light went amber (the truck sped up) and cut off an fire truck running code 3 with lights and sirens all functioning, people racing train barricades. No, people are not driving safer in Phx. The freeways are routinely treated like the Autobahn, with the far left lane starting at 70 mph. In some ways, the more advanced our cars seem to get (onbound computers with internet capability), the less in tune we seem to be becoming with us driving machinery.

John Ryden
John Ryden

The roads are newer than most big cities, the weather rarely a factor with more sunshine daily than other cities, more police on patrol and there are less drivers in the summer time.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Hit n run drivers with no license or ins. Are everywhere here.

Denise Rosado
Denise Rosado

Totally disagree! I have lived in NYC, PA and DC and Phoenix is by far the worst!

Estela Dozal
Estela Dozal

DISAGREE. I have lived in different states and the drivers here scare me. I loathe driving here in AZ, I rather face Houston, Texas traffic and drivers anytime!

Jeannette Passaretti
Jeannette Passaretti

I have driven cross country more times than I can even remember. Trust me, we are not the worst (ever been to Ohio, or the Lincoln Tunnel in NYC, to name just two??!). Self-centered, ignorant drivers are everywhere. It's all about me, me, me!

Karyl Krug
Karyl Krug

Yeah, I agree, too. We moved to Scottsdale two years ago after a lifetime in Austin. Austin has caught up with LA and surpassed New York City in the number of hours spent in gridlock. So the 101 seemed like a dream come true compared to Austin. Austin driver's don't yield when they are supposed to; Phoenix drivers are much more thoughtful. The only exception might be the 202/10/51 cluster during peaks times. There also seem to be quite a number of little chain reaction pile ups if you have to commute into downtown Phoenix for work, which I do not recommend.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

This may be a good place to ask:

Sometimes when people seem to want to change lanes, I notice that a light on the back of their car flashes on the side they want to merge toward.  Does that happen automatically, or does anybody know how you make it happen?

thanks

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Subjective sure, but take a road trip to New Mexico and Texas and you'll find a new appreciation for AZ drivers.

Crystal Keller
Crystal Keller

I agree. Driving in Austin is a nightmare compared to Phx.

Anita Oviedo
Anita Oviedo

The fact that its ok to talk on your cellphone and the major amount of trucks that drive through the city? No Way! I grew up in Paradise valley. There was 2 major frwys. The 17 & 10. To get from my house to the airport took almost an hour!!

Cheryl Bernal
Cheryl Bernal

Wow, yeah no. Phoenix drivers are horrible.the study was probably done with people who have called in a claim with their insurance. People in Phoenix get in accidents don't call it in and drive their cars till they fall apart.

Cameron Brownlow
Cameron Brownlow

Then the drivers in other cities must really SUCK because Phoenix drivers suck, too.

Eric Galindo
Eric Galindo

highly disagree. Phoenix drivers just suck.

Jason Williamson
Jason Williamson

I wouldn't say safer. Compared to the Midwest where they are just bad drivers, Phoenix drivers just don't care. Multiple times a day, everyday people go through red lights and don't use turn signals.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

Good data on where the drivers are more likely to file a claim on a fender bender with a car still in driveable condition. As for the 'safest drivers', not so much.

Stephanie N. Rotondo
Stephanie N. Rotondo

I went back to visit my family in Portland this week and based on my experiences there, I'm gonna have to agree! At least people in Phoenix drive the speed limit and not 30 mph under it! GEESH!

Brett Boyer
Brett Boyer

I can believe it. What makes it easy is that, for the most part, people have a good sense of urgency on the freeways and our streets and intersections are generally well designed. Try going to the midwest to see the opposite. Unfortunately when I see someone driving erratically they usually have a cell phone glued to their head. THAT's the big issue of our time.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

The study doesn't seem to consider the number of miles driven, so I wonder how much the statistics are skewed by retirees who have licenses but don't really drive very much.


lennygarbo
lennygarbo

I don't know, is Mike Tyson in town?

teknik
teknik topcommenter

phoenix, the town where if your lane ends you just merge.  why on earth should I have to judge the speed of the cars already in the lane?


it's obvious they should be accommodating me and slowing to allow me in when ever  I feel like it.  I mean they see my lane ending, what else do they expect me to do?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Matt Mendenhall  

We have an unusually large segment of the population who consider "home" to be someplace far away, and this is just where they happen to be at the moment.  The people around them aren't considered "neighbors" and so aren't due any particular courtesy or respect.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Dianne Nowicki  

Yes, a lot of people seem to follow too closely, so that if the driver ahead does something unexpected, they have to brake too hard.  That's one of the major causes of accidents.

 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Victor Hoelscher  

Yes, that must be it.  You're right and everybody else is wrong.  Do you suppose that attitude has any effect on the way you drive?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Anita Oviedo  

It's not ok to drive while distracted, whether that be because you're talking on your cellphone or because you're smacking your kids.

 

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

@teknik They expect you to speed up and cut in ahead of the car several spaces ahead of you. 


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