Traffic backs up on I-95 Northbound around the scene of a bus crash on I-95 at exit 89 Monday morning.
Traffic backs up on I-95 Northbound around the scene of a bus crash on I-95 at exit 89 Monday morning. (Matt Button / Aegis Staff / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Baltimore is the second-worst city to drive in, according to a new Allstate report ranking the country's 200 largest cities.

Baltimore ranks lower than New York City (116th), Philadelphia (191st) and even traffic-snarled Los Angeles (193rd).

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Drivers in Baltimore, the report says, are 140.6 percent more likely to make an insurance claim than the average driver. They're also bound to make an insurance claim every 4.2 years — the national average is every 10 years — and experience a hard-braking event 25.6 times per every 1,000 miles driven, compared to the national average of 19 times per 1,000 miles.

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Even when Allstate adjusted the ranking for population density and weather, Baltimore ranked 198th and 199th respectively.

Allstate used data from claims reports made to the company and from customers enrolled in its Drivewise program in 2014 and 2015. (Drivewise tracks habits like speed and braking through a device installed in a customer's car.) Allstate represents almost 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies.

The safest city to drive in is Kansas City, Kan., according to Allstate's report.

Baltimore joins Worcester, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; and Springfield, Mass. in the bottom five cities. The only city with worse drivers than Baltimore? Boston.

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