Despite my driving record the people of Fort Collins are considered to be good drivers. Thanks to Dee for relaying this excellent information. I am glad my record doesn't damage te record of our town :)
Despite our occasionally ‘adventurous’ winter road conditions, Fort Collins has been named the NUMBER ONE city in America for ‘Best Drivers’. Allstate Insurance Company compiles data to give honor to the top cities in terms of car collision frequency, road conditions and infrastructure in it’s second annual “America’s Safest Driving City” report. According to the report, the average Fort Collins driver experiences an auto collision every 14.5 years, about 30% less than the national average.
Fort Collins Mayor Doug Hutchinson credits the people of Fort Collins. He is quoted in the press release as saying "Becoming America's Safest Driving City takes quality roads and infrastructure. But more than anything else, it's the result of individuals taking responsibility for keeping our streets safe."*
Here is a handy reminder for how to keep our ‘safe driver’ badge firmly pinned in place:
1) Focus – Minimizing distractions is key. Let the spilled soda wait until you pull over. Stop messing with your makeup/hair/spinach in your teeth. And that phone really can wait until you stop driving (really, Dee, it can. Put the phone down. Down, I say!…Atta girl…)
2) Be Aware – What’s the fastest way to identify an ‘out of towner’? They are either driving 10mph or 80mpg down a cleared snowy road. Either way is a traffic hazard. Take the environment into account and drive carefully but don’t panic. Fort Collins has one of the best road clearing crews in the country and they do amazing work but snow and ice still trump your ‘superior’ driving skills. Be Smart. Be Careful.
3) Plan Ahead – Leave at least one car length for every 10mph of speed between you and any obstacles (including the car ahead of you). This is by far the number one infraction and I’m as guilty as anyone. Make sure you have time to stop thinking about your grocery list to hit those brakes.
4) Let It Go – Road rage hurts everyone, including you. Why let those stress hormones take a year off your life and pop out two more grey hairs? It’s not worth it and it puts you at risk of making poor driving decisions. Allow plenty of travel time, plan your route in advance and avoid congestion and construction to make your drive ‘pain free’.
5) Share the Road – Bikes are everywhere and they really are a great thing for our town and air. They are sneaky buggers though and you need to keep your eyes open and give them space to ride safely as well. Allow for twice as much space this weekend as you KNOW those Tour De Fat riders are not entirely sober.
Keeping these tips in mind should help keep our roads safe and keep Fort Collins at the top for years to come. Drive safe out there, kids!
*Quote from Press Release