Do you happen to live in St. Louis, Missouri? If you do, you might have placed NUMBER ONE on a recent poll by Men's Health magazine. Of course, it is possible that you wouldn't want to be #1 as this particular list. That would mean you live in the city that has the worst drivers in America.
Perhaps, you think that Men's Health got it wrong and the worst drivers are where you live. OK, you still have a fighting chance at the title. According to Travel + Leisure magazine, that honor goes to Miami, Florida. Still not where you live??? No worries... you have yet another shot at the prize (?)....You could have been the winner by living in Washington DC if you listen to Allstate Insurance's Best Driver Report (or worst depending on which end of the list you are on).
So what is the take away from all of this?????
YOU CAN'T TRUST A POLL, STUDY OR SURVEY...
Or maybe... another take-away is that there are a lot of really crappy drivers in a lot of cities and no one can figure out who is the worst of the worst.
Thought Number Two: A Lot of Disparity In the Numbers
To examine the differences between the polls dealing with America's worst drivers, I looked to see how my city's ranking fared.
The Allstate's Best Driver Report has Kansas City, Kansas listed as 37th best in a field on 100 for being safe drivers and Kansas City, Missouri as being the 22nd on the list. So according to Allstate, we're bad drivers but clearly not the worst.
Then we get (nearly) vindicated by Travel + Leisure. They have Kansas City ranked as the second SAFEST city in America with only Portland, Oregon beating us out. Yay us!!!
But wait...not so fast in taking our bows.... Men's Health has us as number 95th out of 100 on the WORST list. There seems to be 5 other cities that have drivers that are worse than Kansas Citians.
In all fairness to the various poll takers, perhaps the reason we are both 2nd from the top of the best drivers and fifth from the bottom of the worst drivers is that people are horribly confused about which state's DMV to check with. There is an never-ending confusion on where we are and what state we are in.
First of all to locate us....we are in the middle...nearly the exact middle of the United States.
I did find it interesting as I looked at the cities listed on these various polls, most cities had a state listed behind it. For example on all the lists Dallas, was listed as Dallas, Texas. (BTW...for those of you that live in Dallas, your city did very well and ranked high for being the worst drivers in America. You were #2 on the Men's Health Poll. So close...but not quite the winner. Better luck next year.) But conspicuously, there was not a state listed behind Kansas City. I think given the fact that people were probably arguing back and forth..."it's Missouri....no it's Kansas" they opted not to take a chance and get it wrong.
I have to give praise where it's due though. Allstate not only figured out that KC has a presence in two states but even ranked both sides of the city as noted above. (Missouri 22 and Kansas 37.....as this was listing cities with safe drivers.....number one being the safest and 100 being Washington DC)
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