BOSTON — If you have driven through Boston, you know the feeling of stomping on the brakes as hard as you can to stop before hitting the pedestrian who decided to step off the crosswalk right in front of you.
You may have run into what other New Englanders refer to as a “Masshole,” someone does not realize blinkers are used to alert other drivers when turning.
Lane-switching in Boston doesn’t appear to require warnings, signals, or even space between vehicles. That car in front of you just missed its turn and decided now was the right moment to swerve into your lane, barely missing your front bumper.
We could go on and on describing the brake-checking, speeding, and basic lack of driving skills seen daily in the Boston area. However, Allstate did the work for everyone by studying the 200 largest cities in the U.S. to see which ones were the safest for drivers.
According to the report, Boston ranked 200th out of 200 entries for the safest driving city, proving what everyone else in New England already knew before this research: Boston drivers are the worst.
But Boston was not just ranked 200th for overall driving safety, it was also dead last in population density and rain/snow problems. Drivers in the Boston metro area are expected to make an insurance claim every 3.6 years, compared to the national average of 10 years.
Unsurprisingly, Boston drivers also experience more hard-braking events per 1,000 miles than the national average (21.4 compared to 19). However, no one in this area needed to see statistics to know that, just check the worn-down pedal in your car.
One year, Boston drivers may begin to lose the nickname of “Masshole” and learn what a blinker does, but that year is definitely not 2017.