New report shows KCK has the safest drivers in the nation

Posted at 2:35 PM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 22:39:38-04

Kansas City, Kansas has safest drivers in the country according to Allstate's latest annual Best Driver's Report.

The report listed Kansas City, Kansas as having the safest drivers in the nation.

"We've really noticed a direct correlation between hard breaking and collision," Allstate Insurance Agent, Tim Waltrip said. "What's considered a hard break is if you're decelerating more than eight miles per hour per second, that's a hard break. Country average, the average is 19 hard breaking episodes per thousand miles driven. But in Kansas, it's less than ten, so nearly half as often."

According to the company's data, KCK drivers experience an average of one crash per 14.9 years on the road. The nationwide average was right around 10 years. 

Waltrip says July and August are the two highest months for traffic deaths resulting in deaths.

"The average is 116 deaths per day in this country during the months of July and August and that'll peak over the July 4th holiday," Waltrip said. 

According to the National Safety Council, roughly 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016, making it possibly the most dangerous driving year since 2007.

"What we know is the highest number of accidents are betwwen 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.," Waltrip said. "You can't avoid those times but be aware of those times is important."

Here are some safety road tips: go the speed limit, put your seatbelt on, give yourself enough distance between you and the driver in front of you, and also give yourself enough time to get to where you need to go.  

For a detailed look at this report, click here.

Rae Daniel is a reporter for The Now KC. Hear her full report on air at 4 p.m. and check back here for updates.