Written on Apr 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM
See the Top 10 Safest Cities to Drive in America
Safest Driving Cities
When’s the last time you went on a road trip? With airplanes and rail as speedy traveling alternatives to automobiles, it has probably been a while.
However, whether it’s bearing your daily commute or the nostalgic feel of a classic American roadside adventure full of family bonding, a cooler stocked with tasty treats and an unbeatable music selection, you can go from coasting along the road to filing an accident report in a matter of minutes.
Statistics have proven that car crashes are the leading cause of fatalities in the United States, and there are plenty of ways that drivers get distracted and cause a crash, including:
- Using their phones to read articles, converse on social media, text a friend or make a phone call
- Browsing through their music play list to find the right tunes
- Reading billboards on the sides of the road
- Eating or drinking
- Drifting off in a daydream
The key to staying safe on the road is to always be aware of your surroundings and other drivers while keeping your focus on the road. If you are traveling across city or state lines, you’ll also need to be aware of the various climates you will encounter along the way, which may include snow, rain, sleet, etc. and the varying terrains.
The Top 10 Safest Cities for Driving
Allstate reported the top 200 safest cities to drive in based on the number of accidents, fatalities and climate conditions that typically result in extra caution and slower speeds. Their results also identified the leading cause of car crashes - hard braking. Hard braking is when a driver slows down at a rate of 8 miles per hour (mph), or more, within the elapsed time parameter of 1 second. According to Allstate,
“Hard braking occurs when vehicles follow each other closely together… driver's experience 16 hard brake encounters within every 1,000 miles of driving.”
Below, are the top 10 safest cities to drive in America.
#1 Kansas City, KS
#2 Brownsville, TX
#3 Boise, ID
#4 Fort Collins, CO
#5 Cape Coral, FL
#6 Madison, WI
#7 Cedar Rapids, IA
#8 Laredo, TX
#9 Huntsville, AL
#10 Cary, NC
You can help prevent roadside fatalities with common safe driving habits, including:
- Buckling up
- Avoiding the previously mentioned distractions
- Being aware of your surroundings and varying climates
- Keeping your eyes on the road
- Allowing plenty of space between your car and the car in front of you
Whether you are driving your daily commute or taking your car for a road trip, safe driving is a must.