What do you think of when you think about Wisconsin?
Good drivers? Um, what???
Let me explain (thanks to this sponsored conversation in partnership with Allstate Insurance). Just in time for Labor Day and the busy back to school season – Allstate is unveiling new data from the annual Best Drivers Report®, a comprehensive ranking of the country’s 200 largest cities to show where you’ll find the safest drivers.
Turns out that Milwaukee drivers are actually pretty darn good when you put them up against 200 other cities around the country. Milwaukee ranked as the 10th safest city for driving when population density is factored in. TENTH! Way to go Milwaukee!
So what can we all do to help make our own contribution to safe driving in our community? Well, first of all, be aware that this time of year is especially problematic for drivers. New IIHS data finds July and August are the most dangerous months to drive, with each averaging 116 deaths a day. The IIHS also found crashes happen more frequently between the hours of 3-7 p.m.; on Saturdays; and during certain holidays, like Labor Day.
You can understand why back-to-school time can pose a certain challenge for drivers – people are getting up earlier than usual (at least in my house!), there are kids walking to school and crossing at intersections, and school buses are everywhere. There are a few things you can keep in mind to help keep your community a safe place for drivers and pedestrians:
Don’t Drive Distracted
Whether it is your cell phone buzzing with a new text, the kids arguing in the back seat, or your teen complaining about your music choice on the radio, know what your distraction challenges are and do your best to eliminate them. Keep your phone in your purse and tune out the kids (I know – easier said than done!) and stay focus on what you are doing when you are driving.
Be Conscious of Buses, Pedestrians and Crossing Guards
Remind yourself that there will be buses stopping on the roads and that you cannot pass them when their lights are flashing. Sometimes, we become so engrossed in our own thoughts that it can take a minute to register when we see a bus on the other side of the road. Also remind yourself that crossing guards may be walking out into the middle of the street to hold traffic while students cross. Again, it can take a minute to register if you aren’t conscious to be on the lookout for this.
Leave Yourself Enough Time
I feel slightly hypocritical writing this one as I am perpetually running late in the morning, but it’s something we all need to remember – including me. We tend to speed and be more distracted when we are running late and feeling stressed. Trying to multitask and put on make up or make calls while driving is not good practice either as all attention needs to be on the road.
Learn more and visit Allstate.com/BestDriversReport to interact with a map tool that lets you view your city’s ranking in 2017 and previous years.
This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Allstate. The opinions and text are all mine.