Columbus Ranks High For Best Drivers

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "I think we do pretty good here," says Kimberly Kearse.

Pretty good might be an understatement when it comes to Columbus drivers.

Allstate America's Best Drivers Report ranks the Fountain City 78th in the country and 2nd in the state of Georgia when it comes to playing it safe and smart behind the wheel.

"It makes me feel better out driving, knowing that I have other safe drivers around me," says Trey Tabb.

The study was based on the amount of collisions in each state.

The numbers in Columbus are 5.1% below the national average.

"That's good compared to other drivers in others states because it's a lot of bad drivers in other states," says Max Moore.

"I think the driving here is fine compared to California where I'm from. The driving out there is crazy," says Erica Clayton.

Buster Barber is an instructor at Barber's Driving School. He and his family have owned the business for 45 years. Barber says more and more parents in Columbus are interested in starting their children off early in defensive driving courses.

"We have been doing our job for the past 45 years. We teach about following too close, which is the number one reason for collisions. We also teach drivers to have an escape route planned in case anything happens," says Barber.

While Columbus drivers are on the map for being good on the roads, John Cobis says he doesn't agree with the study.

"I'm always glad to see Columbus on the map for something good. But here some folks run red lights.I don't know about the data compiled. I'm suprised," says Cobis.