If we were to guess who the safest drivers in United States might be, they were probably women of Asian descent aged 35 to 75 years old who live somewhere in the Northeast. This description is based on the analyses done by the American Council on Science and Health. The organization used the 2016 statistics about traffic fatalities from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) database.
This portrait of the safest drivers in America does seem stereotypical, but it is somewhat consistent with the facts featured on the infographic made by our friends at carsurance.net. The illustration shows that eight in every 10 car crashes involve male motorists, explaining why insurers in general have a bias toward female drivers in the country.
If you are one of those who are deemed to be a statistically safe driver and agree with the finding, keep it up. But if you are not and admittedly believe that your motoring behavior needs some improvement, use these simple tips to become a much safer road user:
· Buckle Up – Seat belts are a standard feature in any vehicle. It only takes seconds to fasten them, and they reduce the risk of death and serious injury among drivers and front-seat passengers by 45% and 50%, respectively.
· Be Wary of Red-Light Runners – Wait for a few seconds when entering an intersection. Do not forget to look both ways because you never know when a fellow motorist thinks that a yellow light means “hurry up” instead of “slow down”.
· Keep Both Hands on the Steering Wheel – Multi-tasking is a distraction in itself. Taking at least one hand off the wheel puts you at a disadvantage when a gale or a blown tire sends your vehicle to another lane, finding yourself on a collision course before you could even react.
It is easy to not take road safety seriously until you or someone you know gets involved in a car crash and witness its catastrophic consequences more closely. To learn more about motor vehicle accidents in America and to be a safer driver, check out the infographic below.