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Verbatim: Fort Wayne ranks 11th in ‘Best Drivers’ report

Statement issued Thursday:

The Allstate Insurance Company (NYSE: ALL) has released its sixth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™.” The report ranks America’s 200 largest cities, by population, to identify which cities have the safest drivers in terms of car collision frequency, according to Allstate data. In the 2010 report, Fort Wayne, Ind., ranks as the 11th-safest driving city, which marks a drop from its sixth-safest ranking in 2009.

According to this year’s report, the average driver in Fort Wayne will experience an auto collision every 12 years, which is 16.3 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.

“With a top 20 ranking in our report, Fort Wayne drivers have continued to help keep America’s roadways safer,” said Thomas Clarkson, Allstate Insurance field vice president. “We salute Fort Wayne’s best drivers and recognize their safe driving skills, which make all of our communities safer places to live, work and raise families.”

The Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year’s top honor of “America’s Safest Driving City” goes to Fort Collins, Colo. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.5 years, which is 31.2 percent less likely than the national average.

Below is a look at how other cities in Indiana ranked in the report.

Overall Ranking

City

Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average

Average Years Between Collisions

44

Indianapolis

-5.2 percent

10.6

Auto crashes in general have declined over the last few years, but crash fatalities still average around 35,000 every year despite technological advances, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“Human error is the biggest cause of accidents. It is vital for us to educate drivers across the country on the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel,” said Clarkson.

Allstate offers the following safe driving tips drivers should consider:

• Minimize distractions – Engaging in any other activity while driving – talking on your cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup – is a distraction.

• Be aware of road conditions – Ice, snow, fog, rain – all of these weather conditions require extra caution and slower speeds.

• Leave a safe distance between your car and others around you – For every 10 miles per hour of speed, maintain at least one car length of space between your car and the vehicle in front of you.

• Steer clear of road rage – Reduce your stress while driving by allowing plenty of time for travel, planning your route in advance, and altering your schedule or route to avoid congested roads. Remember not to challenge aggressive drivers and stay as far away from them as possible.

• Maintenance matters – Ultimately, safety also depends on the maintenance of your car. Ensure that your car’s brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery and hoses are in good working order.

The Report

For the past six years, Allstate actuaries have conducted an in-depth analysis of company claim data to determine the likelihood drivers in America’s 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. Internal property damage reported claims were analyzed over a two-year period (from January 2007 to December 2008) to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences such as weather or road construction.

A weighted average of the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages. The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate’s auto policies represent about 11 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what’s happening on America’s roadways.

Log onto the Allstate Newsroom at http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/ to view the complete “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report,” or to see previous year’s results.

For more information on how your safe driving record can save you money on your insurance, including cash off your renewal bill and cash off your deductible, contact an Allstate agent or call 1-800-ALLSTATE.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate” slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help more than 17 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate.

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