Study: Seattle drivers among the worst in the country

Study: Seattle drivers among the worst in the country »Play Video
SEATTLE -- A new national study slams Seattle drivers, claiming they're more accident prone than drivers in most other major cities.

Alllstate Insurance just released its annual America's Best Drivers Report, and Seattle didn't fare well.

The report analyzed crash stats for the country's 200 biggest cities and found Seattle drivers are almost 30 percent more likely to get into an accident than an average driver.

Few drivers are willing to admit that they're the problem. Most will blame the accident or near accident on the other guy, but there are some local drivers willing to admit they're causing problems on the road.

"I'm the other guy," said one man who didn't want to be named. "I'm that guy."

He admits he's one of the drivers giving all of Seattle a bad name.

"I don't make mistakes," he said. "I do things on purpose. I'm going to do what I want to do. I'm going to cut you off. I don't care."

That's the kind of talk that makes driving instructors like J.C. Fawcett crazy.

"For some reason, when we get behind the wheel of our car our manners go out the doors, and our courtesy and respect for other people do as well," he said.

Fawcett has spent the last 15 years working to create good drivers who will keep Seattle off lists of problem cities. But he can't control how people feel when they get behind the wheel.

"There's probably times they're running late other have things to do and it tends to create more anger when they drive," he said.

But drivers in every city run late and feel stressed or angry, so maybe there's something else about Seattle that contributes to its reputation for having bad drivers.

"Some sort of factor of rain, or just seasonal depression or something, I don't know," one local driver said.