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Really? Terrible Duke City drivers?

April 9, 2007

In an attempt to tell us something we didn’t already know, Men’s Health gave driving in the Duke City a ‘D-‘. We finished 90th out of the 100 cities surveyed, or ten sports ahead of the least safe roads in the nation — Colombia, SC.

To calculate our rankings, we included the rate of fatal accidents, as well as the deaths caused specifically by speeding, both from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, we pulled city statistics on accident frequency from Allstate Insurance. And then we used statewide numbers on speeding from the Governors Highway Safety Association, plus NHTSA state data on seatbelt use. (Going without may be a sign of recklessness.) All of which leads to one conclusion: We need much bigger airbags.

Maybe those red light cameras are justified? I don’t know. I think longer yellows with a second-by-second countdown to the red light would go a long way — kind of like those countdowns at crosswalks before the red hand starts flashing at you. I’m just saying, the crosswalk countdown didn’t seem too hard to implement, right?

I digress.

Are drivers in ABQ as bad as Men’s Health would have us believe? Their numbers would seem to indicate as much, but I ask you this: In what city do you hear the residents chirp about their excellent civic driving? Yeah, that city doesn’t exist. People in every city complain about their poor driving; no city is immune from terrible drivers. Bottom line, we’ve all slipped and played the idiot while driving; some of us just slip more often than others. That’s dangerous. Learn from your mistakes, be vigilant in keeping good driving habits (just like that habit of filing your taxes on time — ha!), drive defensively, and please, use your indicators.

Albuquerque drivers aren’t all that bad, but being perfectly honest with ourselves, we know we could do better.

Now, excuse me while I go cancel my imaginary subscription to Men’s Health — those jerks, they’ve lost all credibility with me.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    April 12, 2007 12:44 pm

    I enjoy your Blog and generally agree with your observations, but I have to side with Men’s Health on this one. ABQ drivers are way below average and there doesn’t seem to be much of a trend toward more skilled behavior. To me, it’s most evident after returning from driving in another city. We need to do a better job, particularly on the freeways.

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