Depending on where you live, driving from place to place probably consumes lots of your time. Most folks think they are good drivers. But thinking you’re a good driver and actually being one are apparently two very different things, according to recent statistics. In a survey conducted by AutoBlog.com, drivers were asked whether or not they believe themselves to be good drivers. Unsurprisingly, a resounding 85 percent of voters claimed to be good drivers. While the drivers were not polled regarding which state they occupied, drivers from Alabama might want to consider the results from a new report released by 24/7 Wall Street.
According to 24/7 Wall Street’s study, which ranked states by traffic accidents and fatalities data, Alabama was determined to be the sixth worst state for drivers in the nation. The report stated about Alabama’s abysmal driving ranking:
With 17.6 deaths for every 100,000 residents, fatal accidents on the road are much more common in Alabama than they are across the United States, where the corresponding rate is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Montana came out on top – or maybe the bottom? – as the state with the worst drivers, with 22.6 deaths per 100,000 citizens, while drivers in Massachusetts claimed the title as the nation’s safest drivers. Fortunately, not all of the data collected about Alabama drivers was negative. The report also noted that 97 percent of Alabamians buckle up before getting on the road, greatly decreasing their chance of death in the event of a traffic accident. Alabama’s seatbelt stat is even 10 percent higher than the national average of seatbelt usage.
No matter which state you live in, the decision to drive safe is always your own. Never let yourself become distracted by texting or other devices while operating a vehicle and remember to always be vigilant of those driving around you. Patience and common sense go a long when transporting you and your family.
Sources: AL.com, autoblog.com, 24/7 Wall Street