Allstate has just introduced its 2016 “America’s Best Drivers Report,” and Colorado figures significantly in it. Colorado has made the report’s Top 10 list more than any other state, for one thing.
And although Colorado does not have any cities in the 2016 report’s top 10 safest driving cities lists, Fort Collins ranks as No. 17 in the report of the cities with the best drivers, followed closely by Colorado Springs, at No. 21. Also listed are Lakewood, Colorado, No. 33, and Thornton, Colorado, at No. 41 (the first time Thornton has made the list). Denver is ranked 117, and Aurora at 129.
Brownsville, Texas, is ranked No. 1 in the list of 200 cities. Its drivers drive for an average of 14.6 years between collisions, with a relative collision likelihood of -31.4%. Last year, Kansas City, Kansas, was No. 1, but it fell to the second spot this year.
Fort Collins drivers drive an average of 11.5 years between collisions, and Colorado Springs drivers, 11.3 years. Lakewood drivers drive for an average of 10.8 years between collisions, and Thornton drivers for 10.5 years. By contrast, Denver drivers drive for an average of 8.9 years between collisions, and Aurora drivers for 8.6 years.
Fourth of July Holiday Deadliest on the Road
Michael Cooper writes for Tucson News Now that Allstate released the study to lead up to the Fourth of July weekend, “the deadliest time on the road in the United States.”
Allstate also ranked cities after controlling for population density and congestion, and Madison, Wisconsin, holds the top spot on that list. Allstate also ranked cities that have the safest drivers when taking into account rain and snow. Brownsville, Texas, tops that list as well. The city that has appeared on its Top 10 safest drivers list for the longest time is Boise, Idaho, which has appeared in the top 10 list for the last eight years in a row.
The most improved city for safe driving is Anchorage, Alaska, which moved up 58 spots in the list since last year and is now ranked as the 69th safest driving city in the U.S.
Allstate notes that 26% of vehicle crashes are due to distracted driving. It reports that the average U.S. driver will be involved in a crash every 10 years.
Safe Driving Tips
Cooper gives the following Allstate Safe Driving Tips:
- Leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Rear-end collisions often happen when one vehicle is following the one in front of it too closely.
- When driving, avoid distractions like talking or texting on a cell phone, interacting with passengers, adjusting navigation devices, eating, playing loud music, and grooming.
- Give yourself lots of time to get where you are going. That way you can drive at a safe speed, even if you experience stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, red lights, and events creating traffic detours.
- Stay alert and focused on the road. Be ready to stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, cars in the process of being parked, taxi cabs, and public and transportation vehicles. And this blog would add: Be on the lookout for motorcycles and bicyclists, for people doing work on the roads, and for children and animals darting out into traffic.
- In bad weather, give yourself enough time, and be extra cautious, as “stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.”
- Keep your vehicle well-maintained. Make sure your headlights and brake lights are working, because they’re critical in low-visibility situations. It is also extremely important for brakes and windshield wipers to be working well. (Also, make sure your tires are in good condition.)
We would also add the following tips:
- As this blog wrote in yesterday’s blog post, make sure to get enough sleep every night, because drowsy driving puts you at risk for traffic accidents. If you have not gotten enough sleep, take public transportation or arrange for a ride.
- If you have been drinking or taking drugs — including prescribed ones — arrange for a sober driver to take you where you need to go.