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What state has the best wet-weather drivers?

Winter weather is causing motorists problems in Connecticut. Ordinary inclement weather is the leading cause of accidents in winter. And not all states are equal when it comes to wet winter weather driving.

Wet pavement occurs often in winter. While it is particularly dangerous when it turns to ice, ordinary wet pavement causes its own issues as well. We recently wrote about the danger of ordinary winter weather in a previous blog.

Unfortunately, according to one national insurance company, Connecticut is not leading the way in safe winter driving.

Connecticut fails to make an appearance in "Best Drivers" list

In its 2016 America's Best Drivers Report, Allstate revealed the 10 safest wet weather driving cities in the U.S., according to statistics that factored precipitation into overall accident rate.

At the top of the safety list was Brownsville, Texas. Other cities included Kansas City, Kansas, Cape Coral, Florida, and Reno, Nevada. Kentucky had the best showing, with three cities in the top 10. The safest overall drivers hailed from Madison, Wisconsin, according to Allstate.

Not on the list? Any city from Connecticut.

Are Connecticut Drivers Really Worse?

A variety of factors go into the accident rate for any given area. For example, you are less likely to get into an accident in suburban areas. It is not necessarily that Connecticut drivers are somehow worse than other drivers in the country.

Still, with a new year and a long winter ahead of us, it bears reminding that we can always be safer drivers. If you are in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Reminders for driving in wet/snowy winter weather

A few tips from AAA include:

  • Be gentle on both the gas and brake pedals (i.e. accelerate and decelerate slowly). Imagine there is a cup of coffee on the dashboard you are trying not to spill. This helps with traction.
  • Instead of a three to four-second following distance, use an eight to ten-second following distance
  • Don't stop unnecessarily or too frequently.

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