Despite the usual complaints about Huntsville drivers, a report released last week ranks the Rocket City as one of the safest driving cities in the country. The ninth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report" ranks Huntsville seventh among the 200 largest cities. The rankings are based on car-collision frequency and Huntsville drivers, who according to the Allstate report, experience a wreck every 12.5 years. The most recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found car crash fatalities increased by more than 1,700 from 2011 to 2012, the first year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005. Huntsville slipped one spot from last year's No. 6 ranking but is still the safest Alabama city listed in the report: Montgomery is ninth, Birmingham ranks 21st and Mobile comes in at No. 24. Minimizing distractions, obeying traffic laws, and using your car's safety features like turn signals and headlights, are all ways to be safer on our road ways.
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