While the pandemic has left few benefits, there is one statistic that had a positive change throughout the recent lockdowns and regulations – mostly surrounding commuters.
Many states, including Florida, Massachuttes and Kentucky, recently experienced a sharp decline in motor vehicle accidents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Executive Officer Tom Wilson in Florida stated that accidents seem to dip whenever the virus flares up in a specific area.
It’s especially apparent during the typical rush hour of 7 through 9 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 5:40 p.m. The significant drop of commuters means there is less likelihood of accidents overall, including severe crashes or small fender benders.
It’s great news in a beak situation
It’s an upside for most commuters as many insurance companies are returning premiums to their drivers. It is also a huge benefit for those same insurance companies as many corporations, including Allstate, are seeing a boost in stock prices.
However, it begs the question if the trend will continue as many states continue to hold regulations over businesses. It also doesn’t clarify if essential workers are still experiencing the bulk of the accidents happening on the road, which may lead to further complications down the line as some employees begin returning to work.
The best strategy to continue the positive trend is to practice safe driving when it’s necessary to leave your home. You should always:
- Wear your seatbelt
- Minimize all distractions, including your phone
- Keep your trips short
- Do not drive drowsy
- Be a defensive driver instead of an aggressive one
These tips should help keep the trend going in the right direction. Otherwise, you can always contact the police and gather evidence if you end up in a car accident anyways.