Allstate Reminds Connecticut Drivers to Practice Safe Driving on New Year’s Day, one of the Deadliest Days on the Road
Annual “America’s Best Divers Report®” unveils increase in fatalities as New Year’s Day, one of the deadliest days on the road, approaches
MALVERN, Penn. Dec. 28, 2016 – As Connecticut residents finalize their New Year’s Eve plans, Allstate is urging drivers to make safety their top priority. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), New Year’s Day is one of the deadliest driving days in America, with an average of 118.2 deaths each year[i]. Given the steep increase in the severity and frequency of traffic fatalities in the first half of 2016[ii], there’s no better time than now to make a resolution to practice safe driving.
“New Year’s is an exciting time when we reflect on our lives and make ambitious goals for the year ahead,” said Alyssa Ryan, Allstate spokesperson. “Practicing safe driving is a goal that’s beneficial for everyone’s health and safety, and is something that should be on the forefront of your mind every time you’re behind the wheel.”
Nearly 95 percent of car crashes are due to preventable human factors like drunk, distracted or drowsy driving; speeding; and failure to use safety features.[iii] IIHS says intoxication is a significant factor in New Year’s Day crash fatalities, with 62 percent of crashes between 2010 and 2014 involving at least one driver, pedestrian or bicyclist with a blood-alcohol concentration over the legal driving limit of .08[iv].
“Wintry weather creates hazards as we go about our holiday errands and get-togethers, but it’s also important to recognize that the year-round problem of drinking and driving spikes on New Year’s Day,” said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “If you’re celebrating with alcohol over the holidays, make the proper arrangements ahead of time to get home safely. And buckle up on every trip as more traffic brings more crashes of all kinds.”
In order to raise awareness of preventable collisions and to further the conversation on safe driving, Allstate has re-released its 12th annual America’s Best Drivers Report®, which identifies the likelihood that drivers in America’s 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. Using auto property damage claim frequency data from Allstate customers, the report determines which cities have the safest drivers. This year, Bridgeport ranked 15th to last and New Haven ranked 13th to last.
The average Bridgeport driver will get in a collision every seven years, according to the report, which is 42.3 percent more likely than the national average of every 10 years. Similarly, the average New Haven driver will get in a collision every 6.6 years, which is 51.3 percent more likely than the national average. At No. 1, drivers in Brownsville, Texas, are the safest.
As winter weather moves in, Allstate is sharing how New England cities fared on the America’s Best Drivers Report when factoring auto property damage claims with precipitation, as measured by NOAA[v]:
|Safest Drivers Rank with Precipitation||City||NOAA Average Precipitation
|Average Years Between Collisions||Accident Likelihood
(Compared to national average of every 10 years)
|187||New Haven, CT||47.1||6.6||51.3%|
Allstate’s report also provides insight into braking habits in more than 100 cities across the country, using hard-braking data culled from Allstate’s Drivewise® offering, an innovative technology that enables consumers to monitor their driving habits to improve safety and gain rewards.[vi]
Visit www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport for complete 2016 results. To help keep precipitation from causing a collision, Allstate offers these tips:
- Get your vehicle ready for extreme weather. Prepare yourself for dangerous situations. Ensure your headlights and brake lights are in working condition, along with your tires, heater, defroster, brakes and windshield wipers, and that you have enough windshield wiper fluid.
- Respect the weather. Take extra care if you encounter ice, snow, fog, rain or other dangerous weather conditions. Increasing following distance, traveling at slower speeds and accounting for the extra stopping time winter weather requires are all good ways to avoid collisions.
- Keep your full attention on the road. Make sure you’re 100 percent focused on the road, especially with slick streets and potentially dangerous conditions.
- Stay calm in a skid. If your vehicle begins to slide or skid, don’t panic. Look down the road in the direction you want to go and gently steer in that direction. Don’t slam on the brakes. That will upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to regain control. Instead, just release the accelerator until traction returns.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car. Make sure you have the tools you need to protect yourself should a problem arise. Pack a kit with gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a brush, water, jumper cables, a flashlight and something for traction, such as sand or kitty litter.
- Make sure you are prepared for any roadside mishap or car failure. Download Allstate’s Good Hands Rescue® app and get on demand roadside assistance when and where you need it from the Apple Store or Google Play Store, or via the mobile website at GoodHandsRescue.com.
Allstate also strongly urges drivers to plan ahead and always find a sober ride home before partaking in holiday festivities. If you see another person drunk, take their keys or report them to authorities if they are already on the road. For more tips, visit The Allstate Blog or contact an Allstate agent.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s roads. The Institute is wholly supported by auto insurers.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities.
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[i] 2016, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/independence-day-ranks-highest-in-average-daily-crash-deaths
[ii] 2016, National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NHTSA): https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812349
[iii] 2016, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-sees-roadway-deaths-increasing-02052016
[iv] Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
[v]Precipitation data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
[vi]Allstate Drivewise® data is based on Allstate customers voluntarily enrolled in the telematics program from 2010-2015. A number of cities from the full 200 Best Drivers rankings are excluded from the Drivewise data, due to limited measurable data available or because Drivewise was not available (California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas).