How's my driving? Getting worse if you're in the Twin Cities


Many of you might have suspected as much, but drivers in the Twin Cities metro are apparently getting worse.

That's according to Allstate's latest Annual Best Drivers Report, which saw both Minneapolis and St. Paul tumble down the rankings – though drivers on the west side of the Mississippi are deemed to be better.

Minneapolis is now the 125th "safest city" for driving in the country, down from 81st last year.

St. Paul is now the 171st safest city, compared to 152nd last year.

Minneapolis fares slightly better when population density is taken into account, ranking 52nd nationally, but St. Paul languishes at 152.

Even adjusting for icy and snowy conditions doesn't make a difference – in fact it's worse for St. Paul, which is 172nd overall when wintry conditions are taken into account, while Minneapolis is 120th.

The rankings were compiled based on insurance claims, which is used to determine the likelihood people living in a city will experience a collision. They then compared that rate to the national average.

Although a smaller population has a lot to do with it, driving is a lot safer down the road in Madison, Wisconsin, which ranked as the 3rd safest nation overall behind Brownsville, Texas, and Kansas City, Kansas.

2015 a bad year on the roads

BringMeTheNews reported Thursday morning that 411 people died on Minnesota roads in 2015 and just under 30,000 were injured – a 13.9 percent increase from 2014.

Speeding was the biggest contributing factor to single car accidents, while distracted driving was the number one cause of crashes involving more than one vehicle.

Drivers 65 and older crashed most commonly because they failed to yield to the right of way.

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