Louisiana was recently named as the 5th worst state in the country for driving safety by insurance website, Carinsurancecomparison.com. According to the website, Louisiana motorists have more fatal car accidents per miles travelled than 45 other states.
The website responsible for compiling the data ranked Louisiana the worst place for driving two years ago by using numbers compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even if the numbers provided by the website are incorrect, and they may be, there are always ways we can continue to make our state safer a safer place for driving.
3 Ways We Can Improve Driving Safety in Louisiana
- Distracted driving has become a major cause of fatal car accidents among drivers under the age 25. In 2013, 3,154 people died from distracted driving, and 27 percent were in their 20s. Another 424,000 motorists were injured. Texting behind the wheel is not the only means of distracted driving. Grooming, eating, drinking or adjusting the radio all qualify as forms of distracted driving. Parents should avoid these activities not only for their own safety, but to set an example for their children.
- According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, recent law enforcement efforts and a mandatory interlock law have brought down drunk driving deaths 36 percent since 2007. Let’s keep finding ways to bring those numbers lower! In addition, would-be drunk drivers now have the option to use smart phone apps such as Uber or Lyft to find a safe ride home.
- Car and tire maintenance can help prevent accidents, but especially during the winter months. Colder months create icy and wet road conditions that require top-notch tire maintenance. Owners of vehicles with poor tire treading are at risk of hitting ice and skidding off the road, or hydroplaning during rain.
We have an obligation to keep ourselves and other motorists safe. Driving a vehicle takes an enormous amount of responsibility. We are not only responsible for our own lives, but the lives of others driving around us.