For the past nine years, Allstate Insurance Company has conducted an analysis of its claims data to determine the likelihood of drivers in America’s 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. The annual “Allstate Best Drivers Report” is produced to boost the country’s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim.
Sadly, in 2013, Tampa ranks a poor 176 out of 200, representing a 42.1% collision more likely compared to the national average, and an average of 7.0 years between car accidents. St. Petersburg came in at an impressive 79 out of 200, with only a 3.3% collision likely compared to national average, and 9.7 years between accidents. In comparison, Fort Collins, Colorado, was rated 1 out of 200, with a -28.2% collision likely compared to the national average, with 13.0 years between accidents.
Allstate offers the following driving tips for both big city and small town driving:
- Watch the speed limit. Speed limits may be greater than in city traffic, which can lead some drivers to speed up and make roads dangerous.
- Look out for pedestrians, especially children. While there are typically fewer pedestrians or obstacles than in large metropolitan areas, there are also typically fewer crosswalks, so pedestrians may be less aware of traffic rules such as where and when to cross the street.
- Know the rules of the road. Suburban streets typically have fewer streetlights and signs, or greater distance between lights and signs. This means darker conditions when driving at night and less opportunity to be reminded of speed limits and other road rules throughout the day.
- Keep a safe distance – especially around large vehicles. Large vehicles like semi-trucks are more likely found on suburban roads than in large metro areas. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and others, and know that truck drivers might have limited visibility. If you attempt to pass a truck, make sure you have plenty of time and space to maneuver safely.
- Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel.
- Know what’s happening in the city during the time you’re driving. Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.
- Stay alert. Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.
- Get directions to where you’re going. Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.
Been in a Tampa Car Accident?
National statistics show that Tampa ranks poorly for safe drivers. If you’ve been injured in an Tampa car accident, call 813-915-1110 to speak with attorney Mike Hancock about your medical bills and lost wages. Our phones are answered 24/7. Or email.