Knoxville No. 6 on safe driving list — really

Knoxville has some of the safest drivers in the country, according to an Allstate Insurance Co.

The city ranks No. 6 on the America’s Best Drivers Report. Knoxville drivers “experience an auto collision” every 12.2 years, which is 18.3 percent less likely than the national average of every 10 years, Allstate says in a report released Thursday.

Sounds like a serious report, but it sort of makes me paranoid. It’s been a lot longer than 12 years since I’ve been in a wreck. Does that mean I’m due for a collision?

The safest driving city in America is Fort Collins, Colo., where drivers have a wreck every 14 years. No. 10 on the list is Chattanooga, where drivers go 11.9 years between dingers.

Allstate analyzed property damage claims in the 200 largest cities. The insurance company looked at claims “over a two-year period (from January 2008 to December 2009) to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences such as weather or road construction,” a news release says.

One thing is obvious – the survey doesn’t take into account the rush hour crazies on I-40 every afternoon. These dolts may not hit anyone, but they aren’t safe.

You know who I’m talking about – drivers who come racing up behind you and blast their horns when you don’t move over. And super aggressive types who sit on your bumper for six miles. And those who mistakenly believe they can safely drive and talk on the phone at the same time. At the other extreme are the “experienced” drivers who think it’s a good idea to drive at a walking pace.

Some days I want to scream. Sometimes I have. Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better.

Check out the Allstate survey here: Seventh Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” Reveals Safest Driving Cities

Photo: Traffic at Interstate 40 near Alcoa Higway. (Knoxville News Sentinel files)