A good new blog post over at Fleet Owner covers the Allstate Best Drivers Report, in which the auto insurance company names Fort Collins, CO, as the safest driving town in America.
According to its data, drivers there can expect an accident once every 14 years. Compare that to the least safe driving town in America, Washington, D.C., in which drivers get into an accident every 4.8 years. Insert your own joke here about "the literal meaning of Congressional gridlock."
Here's a quick video from Allstate about the study, in which they emphasize what they consider to be the key components of safe driving.
Tips for Drivers of Cars and Trucks
The tips provided by Allstate below aren't just good for car drivers (though we wish they'd all follow them), but they're great reminders for your pros sitting in the cabs of trucks. We've linked to the lesson outlines in Pro-TREAD. And if you're interested in a free demo of any of these courses (they're about 30 minutes each), please just let us know.
- Minimize distractions - Engaging in any other activity while driving &emdash; talking on your cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup &emdash; is a distraction. (Pro-TREAD lesson outline for Driver Distractions.)
- Be aware of road conditions - Ice, snow, fog, rain - all of these weather conditions require extra caution and slower speeds. (Pro-TREAD lesson outline for Hazard Awareness.)
- Leave a safe distance between your car and others around you - Maintain at least one car length space between your car and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed. (Pro-TREAD lesson outlines for Space Management and Speed Management.)
- Steer clear of road rage - Reduce stress on the road by allowing plenty of time for travel, planning your route in advance, and altering your schedule or route to avoid congested roads. Remember not to challenge aggressive drivers and stay as far away from them as possible. (Pro-TREAD lesson outline for Road Rage.)
- Maintenance matters - Ultimately, safety also depends on the maintenance of your car. Ensure that your car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery and hoses are in good working order. (Pro-TREAD lesson outline for Preventative Maintenance.)