Ahead of Pawtucket Avenue/ I-195 Bridge Replacement, Allstate reminds drivers to be alert

Ahead of Pawtucket Avenue/ I-195 Bridge Replacement, Allstate Reminds Drivers to be Alert

Annual “America’s Best Divers Report®” Ranks City among Bottom of List

Malvern, PA – As Providence residents prepare for the Pawtucket Avenue/ I-195 bridge replacement, Allstate reminds drivers to stay safe while adjusting their commutes. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation estimates that the bridge carries approximately 23,000 vehicles per-day, making it one of the most heavily traveled bridges in East Providence[i]. With Providence drivers ranking 194 safest among America’s 200 largest cities[ii] in terms of car collision frequency in Allstate’s 2016 America’s Best Drivers Report®, the company is providing safe driving tips for residents and commuters to stay safe on the road.

Allstate’s report found that the average driver in Providence will experience an auto collision every 5.9 years, compared to the national average of every 10 years. 

The four month replacement project is reported to begin on Friday, March 31, with lane restrictions for both the bridge and I-195 going into effect throughout the duration of the project. The first in a series of eight weekend road closures will also go into effect on that date. 

“Given the upcoming changes in traffic patterns taking place in Providence next weekend for the replacement of the I-195 bridge, it’s extremely important that drivers put safety first on the road,” said Jennifer Nappi, Allstate agency owner in Warren. “The bridge replacement is going to impact daily transportation for many Providence residents and, with that in mind, the results of our report are an important reminder for drivers to refocus on safe-driving practices.” 

National safety experts say drivers are now spending more time on the road and suffering more fatal collisions than recent years. The U.S. Department of Transportation says that from March 2015 to February 2016 Americans drove 3.15 trillion miles, an increase of more than 3 percent over the previous 12 months and the largest year-to-year increase in over two decades.[iii] According to the National Safety Council, more than 38,000 roadway fatalities occurred last year, the highest count since 2008[iv]. 
Preventable human factors, like drunk, distracted or drowsy driving; speeding; and failure to use safety features contribute to 94 percent of car crashes.[v] Allstate created its America’s Best Drivers Report to facilitate an ongoing dialogue about safe driving, to help save lives. The following is a closer look at how Providence fared:  

City & Overall Ranking    Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average    Average Years Between Collisions
Providence, RI (6th to last)                              69.1%                                                                   5.9

Visit www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport for an interactive map of complete results for this year and for historical collision-frequency rankings from the past 11 years. 

Allstate’s report is the result of an in-depth examination of company claims data, to determine the likelihood drivers in America’s 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. Allstate actuaries analyzed property damage claims reported during the two-year period of January 2013 to December 2014. A weighted average of the two-year numbers determines the annual percentages. 

The report defines a collision as any auto crash resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate’s auto policies represent nearly 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what’s happening on America’s roadways.

For the second straight year, the report also provides insight into braking habits in more than 100 cities across the country, using hard-braking data culled from Allstate’s Drivewise® offering, an innovative technology that enables consumers to monitor their driving habits to improve safety and gain rewards on their insurance.

A hard-braking event is defined as slowing down eight miles per hour or more over a one-second period. Allstate found a correlation between hard braking and collision frequency. Cities with higher collision frequencies also recorded more hard-braking events. 

Nationally, on average, a driver will experience 19 hard-braking events for every 1,000 miles driven. Drivers in Providence will have the following average hard-braking events per 1,000 miles driven:

Average Hard-Braking Events per 1,000 miles - Providence 15.3
Driving tips for cities with high braking activity:
•    Leave room between you and other vehicles. Hard-braking collisions often occur when drivers are following each other too closely causing rear-end collisions. Try to avoid rear-end collisions by leaving more space and time to react to other vehicles’ actions.
•    Minimize distractions while driving. Distracted driving is one of the main causes for collisions.[vi] Common driving distractions include eating, grooming, talking on a cell phone or texting, interacting with other passengers, adjusting navigation devices and playing loud music.
•    Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. 
•    Stay alert. Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs and public transportation vehicles such as city buses.

For more safe-driving tips, visit The Allstate Blog.