For once, missing out on the Top 10 isn’t so bad – but the numbers still tell a tough story: Colorado drivers are some of the worst with Colorado recently ranked the 11th worst state in the nation for driving, according to an analysis of national driving statistics by the website Car Insurance Comparison.
The rankings were based on statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which tracks car accidents and other events on the nation’s roads. The study compared the 50 states’ performance in five categories, including fatality rates, failure to follow traffic laws, drunk driving, speeding and careless driving. The final category included pedestrian and bicyclist death rates.
The study found that Colorado is doing relatively well in the “overall fatality rates” category, coming in 33rd worst among U.S. states for the number of deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
However, Colorado ranks fourth worst in the nation for accidents caused by “failure to obey,” a category that includes such errors as running red lights, failing to wear a seat belt and driving on a suspended, revoked or expired driver’s license. Colorado ranked 19th worst for drunk driving, 19th worst for careless driving and 21st worst for speeding, giving it a total score in the analysis of 99 and a rank of 11th worst out of 50 states.
Montana and South Carolina tied for first place with total scores of 60. At the other end of the scale, Minnesota was named the country’s “best driving” state, with an overall score of 208.
Some parts of Colorado may be more dangerous than others when it comes to crash risks. For instance, auto insurance company Allstate recently announced that Fort Collins is home to some of the nation’s safest drivers, averaging 14.2 years between accidents. However, Allstate’s rankings failed to consider other “bad driving” indicators that were included in the Car Insurance Comparisons report, such as violating traffic laws and drunk driving that doesn’t result in crashes.
How Not to Be One of Colorado’s ‘Worst Drivers’
Want to help improve Colorado’s rankings among the “worst driving states” – and protect your safety and the lives of those you love in the process? Here are some simple safety steps:
- Always wear a seat belt. Seat belts are one of the easiest ways to reduce injury risk in a crash.
- Reduce distractions behind the wheel. Put away your cell phone, silence other devices and keep your attention focused on the road. The less distracted you are, the better equipped you are to spot a potential crash situation and avoid it – even if another driver isn’t being careful.
- Consider taking a refresher course on driving. Organizations like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) offer driving courses to older drivers, and many other organizations offer refresher courses as well. You’ll improve your safety and may even be able to earn a discount on your auto insurance rates.
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