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If safe driving were a high school course, drivers would classify as “C” average students. Nationally, drivers received an average safe driving rate of 79 out of 100, classifying them as “C” students under the National Center for Education Statisticsgrade point average scale.
Drivers logged millions of miles on the road. With more than 256 million miles logged, drivers recorded enough miles to travel around the Earth nearly 10,280 times, or 1,071 times to the moon, according to NASA.
Speeding while driving – not phone use – is the most common unsafe habit among drivers. Ranking with the lowest national average safety rating of 79 out of 100, speeding while driving was the biggest unsafe driving offense, compared to phone use (80), hard braking (83), risky acceleration (85), and hard turns (86).
Midwesterners are the safest drivers. Broken out by the U.S. Census Bureau Regions and Divisions that classifies states into the South, Northeast, Midwest and West geographic regions, drivers in the Midwestern states have the highest safe driving rating of 83 out of 100, compared to the West (82), South (80), and Northeast (75).
Men and women share similar driving habits. On average, women were slightly safer drivers with an average safety rating of 78 out of 100, compared to men with an average safety rating of 77.
Young drivers under the age of 21 have a fairly similar safe driving rating to drivers over the age of 21. Drivers up to the age of 21 received an overall safe driving rating of 74 compared to drivers age 21 and older, who received a 78 safe driving rating.
Northeastern drivers have the lowest speeding safety rating of 71, with nearly half (46%) of all trips taken involving speeding. Drivers in the South, with an average safety rating of 79, were found speeding in nearly two out of every five (37%) trips taken. Drivers in the West (31% of trips) and Midwest (30% of tips) were found speeding inless than one third of all trips taken.
Women had a slightly higher speeding safety rating (78) than men (76). On average, men were five percent more likely than women to speed during trips, with women speeding during 38% of all trips taken compared to 40% for men.
Southern drivers use their phone the most while driving. Nearly half of all trips (41%) that Southern drivers logged included phone use while driving, compared to drivers in the Midwest (37%), Northeast (35%) and West (34%).
Male drivers are 10% less likely to use their phone while driving than female drivers. Male drivers used their phone 39% of all trips taken compared to 43% of female drivers.
Drivers under the age of 21 are 15% more likely to use their phone during trips than drivers over the age 21. Drivers under 21, used their phone during 45% of all trips taken, compared to drivers over the age of 21 who used their phone 39%.
Male drivers are about 11% more likely than females to take trips with risky acceleration habits. Men received a rating of 84 for safe acceleration, with 21% of all trips involving risky acceleration. Comparatively, women received a slightly higher safety rating of 85, with 19% of all trips involving risky acceleration.
Southern drivers are the biggest hard brake offenders while driving with nearly one third (31%) of all trips including hard braking. They’re 20% more likely to hard break during trips than Midwesterners and Westerners. Northeastern drivers will hard brake in 30% of all trips taken, followed by Midwestern drivers and Western drivers who will hard brake in 26% of all trips taken.
Men make more hard turns than women. On average, women are 23% less likely to make a hard turn during a trip than men. Women had the highest overall safety rating for hard turns, averaging a 87 point safety rating and taking hard turns in about one in ten (13%) of all trips taken, compared to men averaging 85 point safety rating and taking hard turns in nearly two of ten (16%) of all trips taken.
Younger drivers have a harder time with hard turns. Drivers under the age of 21 are 50% more likely to hard turn on a trip than drivers over the age of 21. Drivers under the age of 21 received an 80 point safety rating, and will make hard turns on 21% of all trips. Drivers over the age of 21 have a significantly better hard turn safety rating of 87, and will hard break in just 14% of all trips taken.