Ever wonder how your driving compares to others? What if there was a way to calculate the likelihood of you getting into an accident based on your own driving habits? Do you text a lot? Speed often? Or drive a lot at night? If so, you are actually 2.6 times more likely to crash. Yikes.
Natalie is 17 years old, lives in Boston, MA and recently got her license. She loves driving and finds every opportunity to help her parents run errands, drive her sister to school and shuttle her friends around. Her parents allow her to borrow their car but she is not allowed to drive after 8pm.
Using GradeMyDrive.com Natalie’s driving score is 85
What does this tell us about Natalie’s driving habits? Natalie is a new driver and is well-aware of the dangers associated with texting and driving and so she rarely does it. She has minimal aggressive driving behaviors and because her parents don’t allow her to drive after dark, she is not prone to additional risks associated with driving at night. See how you compare to Natalie.
Jake is 24 years old and lives in a suburb outside of San Francisco. Jake has a 45-minute commute during rush-hour. On the weekends, Jake drives into the city to meet up with his friends. He usually arrives home between 1am – 3am.
Jake’s GradeMyDrive score: 66
Unfortunately, do to his driving Jake is likely to incur crash-related costs of approximately $2,104. More than double the average driver.
Why is that? What does this tell us about Jake’s driving habits? When you look under the hood, Jake is a distracted driver. It appears that he often texts while driving, he is quite aggressive and sometimes drives during the most dangerous hours of the day. If Jake continues to drive this way, he is putting himself and others into danger, and incurring expensive crash-related costs to boot.
Susan is a 53 year olds and lives in Chicago, IL. Susan is the mother of two teens and works the 12pm – 12am shift at a nearby hospital. Due to the time of her shift, Susan is forced to drive home during the most dangerous hours of the day, which means that Susan is 1.3x more likely to get into a crash than the average driver.
Susan’s GradeMyDrive score: 72
What does this tell us about Susan’s driving habits? Susan is at a high risk of getting into a crash due to her work schedule. She is forced to drive during the most dangerous hours of the day, and occasionally speeds in order to get home in a hurry. Susan is a woman of her own words and does not text and drive.
Do any of these drivers sound like someone you know? We all have our driving habits. How do you think you compare?
GradeMyDrive is intended to give insight into how some of your driving behaviors impact your risk factors like getting into a crash and how it may affect other drivers on the road.
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