|By Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
That pretty much summarizes the findings of a report issued Tuesday by the
Viewed another way, Pittsburghers were 51.3 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than the nation's drivers as a whole.
Among cities with populations of 250,000 to 499,999,
The safest American city was
"The reaction we generally get from cities on the bottom of the list is shock, and they want to know how they can get better," she said.
The company uses collision data and does not analyze whether factors other than poor drivers -- such as weather, terrain and road quality -- factor into crash totals,
Among the few cities that fell below
The rock-bottom worst place for safe driving was
How do we get better?
"The overall No. 1 tip -- and it sounds so simple, but people don't do it -- is to pay attention to driving,"
Also, "check the local traffic reports. If you're stressed out and rushing to get somewhere, you're not going to be the safest driver," she said.
If there was a shred of good news in the report, at least for people hereabouts, it was in the footnote: "The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates."
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