Despite drivers education and technological advances including airbags, breaks, test procedures and close attention and correction of recalls and defects in automobiles these days, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers in U.S. cities with populations of over one million people are more likely than the national average to experience a collision.
Allstate's Claim Organization executive vice president, Mike Roche stated in a press release from PR Newswire, “Allstate's Best Driver's Report was created to boost the country's discussion on safe driving. Each year we hope the report will increase awareness on the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel. Human behavior is the biggest cause of accidents. It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can demonstrate on the road that will help make our roadways safer.”
Allstate Insurance Company offered some very good tips for drivers to follow in order to help avoid unnecessary car accidents from fender benders to fatal car crashes. They first suggest that drivers minimize distractions while they are driving to the best of their ability. This includes any other activity that one would engage in while driving from talking on a cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup or dealing with children’s issues while driving. These are all terrible distractions that can cause an accident in the blink of an eye.
Always keep your eyes and ears open making yourself aware of road conditions and weather. Rain, fog, snow, ice and even windy conditions can cause distractions while driving and are a reason to slow down and drive with extra caution.
Don’t drive closely to a car in front of you. If stopping suddenly becomes necessary and you are practically on top of another car in front of you, there is a great likelihood of hitting that car. In return that car could possibly even be propelled to hit the car in front of it, causing much worse trouble. The general rule of thumb is to maintain at least one car length space between your car and the car in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed you are driving.
Be patient, courteous and relaxed when you drive. Do your best to avoid road rage and allow for plenty of travel time to avoid driving at fast speeds because you are late to get to your destination.
Lastly, use common sense to stay safe in your car while driving. Keep up with regular maintenance on your car as well. Keep your tires in good condition, replacing them when tread becomes low. Keep fluids topped off and have timely inspections of car brakes, exhaust system, lights, battery and hoses.