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Want to Avoid Holiday Traffic Accidents? Head to Kansas

Kansas City boasts lowest accident rates while Boston earns highest.

by on Jun.29, 2017

Allstate data shows that Kansas City, Kansas, is where you're least likely to get in an accident.

As Americans head into the busiest driving weekend of the year, it can’t hurt drivers to know what they’re getting into ahead of time. So if you’re looking to avoid collisions, stick close to Kansas City, Kansas.

Allstate released its 13th annual America’s Best Drivers Report, which revealed that those Kansans really know how to avoid collisions. Conversely, if you’re in the mood to make a claim, head to Boston, where the average driver gets into an accident every 3.6 years — 179.6% likely to crash their vehicle than the national average, Allstate says.

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Actually, the Independence Day holiday kicks off the deadliest driving period of the year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS found July and August average 116 deaths a day on America’s roads. (more…)

Teens Three Times More Likely to Die in Car Crashes

Teenage driving deaths up 10% year-over-year.

by on Jun.06, 2017

A new study shows that teenage drivers are three times more likely to die in a car accident than adults.

If it hasn’t done so already, your local school district is about to shut down for summer vacation giving a new lease on life to a spate of young drivers who now get to add time to their newfound freedom.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety calls the time between Memorial and Labor days as the “100 Deadliest Days,” because of that combination of free time and inexperienced drivers on U.S. roads. The group revealed a new study that shows drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.

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During this time of year, the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15% compared to the rest of the year. During the past five years, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers during this time frame. (more…)

Study Shows Drowsy Driving on Par With Drunk Driving

Drivers need to ensure they're sleeping enough.

by on Dec.09, 2016

A new study from the AAA Foundation reveals that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.

Tis the season to be driving! And if you’re going to on the road for the holidays, getting enough sleep is likely more important that you realize, according to a new AAA study.

Missing a couple of hours of sleep – at least seven is the recommended amount – can nearly double your risk for a crash. Perhaps more importantly, the Centers for Disease Control suggests that 35% of U.S. drivers sleep less than seven hours a day.

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“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.” (more…)

Drivin’ N Cryin’ Tops List of Strange Driving Activities

Survey shows crying is most common "odd" behavior while driving: sex is second.

by on Feb.01, 2016

Crying is the most common form of unusual behavior exhibited by drivers when behind the wheel.

Drivers in the U.S. are known for doing things while driving that motorists from other countries often find appalling … or at least they claim to anyway. However, the most common behavior U.S. drivers own up to is likely to be a pretty universal exhibition: crying.

Much of the focus on “distracted driving” so often focuses on using smart phones and how texting while driving or even talking on the phone while driving causes real problems on America’s roadways; however, distracted driving takes on many forms.

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A recent study released from automotive technology company Drivemode found that nearly 38% people admitted to crying while behind the wheel, making it America’s most common bizarre driving behavior. (more…)

East v West: Where are The Most Distracted Drivers?

Western drivers use an average of five smartphone apps while behind the wheel.

by on Dec.17, 2015

Drivers in the Western Hemisphere are much more distracted than their counterparts on the other side of the planet.

There are plenty of stereotypes about drivers all over the world, but after a recent study, we can now see there are pronounced differences between the use of technology by drivers in the Western and Eastern hemispheres.

Western drivers are multi-taskers, according to a new study from Drivemode, meaning they are generally more distracted while hurtling down the roadway. They often use several smartphone applications as one time whereas Eastern drivers typically use their phones for navigation.

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“While smartphone use in the car remains a universal experience, we found a distinct divide between the way Westerners multitask while in the car, and how the rest of the world uses their phones behind the wheel,” said Yo Koga, CEO and co­founder of Drivemode. “These regional patterns in app usage help to highlight the role smartphones play in different cultures.” (more…)

Ten Best – and Worst – Cities to Be a Driver

Lubbock takes top spot while New York comes last.

by on Jul.15, 2015

According to a WalletHub study, Lubbock, Texas, is best place to be a driver in the United States.

With gas prices suddenly surging, at some pumps, to more than $5 a gallon, it’s no surprise that a new study calls Los Angeles one of the worst cities in the country to be a driver. On the other hand, Lubbock, down in the heart of the Texas oil patch, was rated the best city to be a driver, followed by another Lone Star community, Corpus Christi.

Fuel costs are clearly a major headache for American motorists, but they’re not the only factor that was considered by finance website WalletHub when it pulled together its 2015 Best & Worst Cities to Be a Driver study.

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The study compared 100 of the nation’s most populous metros using 21 key metrics, including such things as gas prices, traffic delays and car thefts – as well as the availability of car club and repair shops and even the price of parking. (more…)

U-M Study Claims U.S. Drivers More Dangerous than Europeans

More likely to die from cancer, heart disease in America.

by on Feb.20, 2014

The areas shaded in red are the most dangerous places to drive in the world based on World Health Organization data.

Most drivers in the United States believe they’re pretty good behind the wheel. And if you compare the number of deaths by car accidents with those of cancer or heart disease, they’re right.

However, once the numbers get compared to other countries around the world, U.S. drivers don’t fare quite as well, according to a recent study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

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Worldwide, there is an average of 18 auto fatalities per 100,000 people. The U.S. is actually better than the average at just 14 deaths, but compared to other industrialized nations, the number’s not all that impressive. (more…)