Wichita Drops 23 Spots On 2009 Best Drivers Report

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Allstate Insurance Company today released its fifth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™.” The report ranks America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers according to Allstate data. This year’s report highlights America’s most improved motorists.

This year, Wichita’s ranking dropped 23 spots to 55. According to the report, the average driver in Wichita will experience an auto collision every 10.1 years.

“We don’t want drivers in Wichita to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Wichita to make positive changes to their driving habits that will in turn make the city a safer place to live, work and raise families,” said Christopher Lovest, Field Vice President for Allstate’s West Central Region.

The Allstate America’s Best Driver’s Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. Below is a look at how other cities in Kansas finished.

Auto crashes in general have declined over the last few years, but crash fatalities still average around an alarming 40,000 every year despite technological advances according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Human error is the biggest cause of accidents. It is vital for us to educate drivers across the country on the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel,” said Lovest.

Allstate offers the following safe driving tips motorists should consider:

• Minimize distractions – Engaging in any other activity while driving – talking on your cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup – is a distraction.

• Be aware of road conditions – Ice, snow, fog, rain – all of these weather conditions require extra caution and slower speeds.

• 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.

• 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.

• Maintenance matters – Ultimately, safety also depends on the maintenance of one’s car. Ensure that car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery, and hoses are in good working order.

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