Driving in Virginia is similar to driving in most states. You get in your car and go until you reach your destination. Rinse and repeat over and over again. You really don’t think a lot about it. It’s a necessary evil if you want to get from point A to Point B as cheaply as possible. Until personal jet-packs become popular, using the highway is your best option.
I suppose that sometimes it’s more enjoyable than other times. For instance, when you’re not in a hurry and it’s just warm enough to put the windows down but also cool enough that you’re not too hot. And everybody likes to go places if you just purchased a new vehicle. Trips to the grocery store or the dentist seem so delightful! Of course, that changes quickly doesn’t it? But the important thing is to keep yourself safe. And we even have some tips to keep your car safe here.
Perhaps, here in Virginia, we shouldn’t complain. Recently “thecarconnection.com” conducted an extensive survey on the top-rated and bottom-rated states for going places in your car. Fortunately, Va was not listed in the bottom five. Oddly, all of those states border each other in the South. They are Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. So if you plan on taking the family on any Southern road trips, the odds are good that you are going to be hit by another driver!
But why is that? Are Va drivers that much better? I did some research and investigated as many reasons as I could find. And no one factor jumped out at me. While it’s true that drivers in our state appear to be more experienced when they first take the wheel, it was not a glaring difference. And the road conditions are similar in all of the states mentioned although Virginia’s weather may be a bit more accommodating. we don’t get a lot of snow ad adverse weather conditions don’t pop up very often.
However, I did notice that the number of “single car” accidents was statistically less than the other states, after factoring in certain demographic factors. So what does that mean? Well, insurance companies take single car accidents very seriously. Often, the operator of the car (or truck) was distracted enough to veer off the road or to hit or sideswipe another object. But apparently, drivers in Virginia are simply safer since they have a lower number of one-vehicle accidents.
Consider what some Texas residents are facing when they drive. Last month, Interstate I30, in the Austin area, raised the speed limit to 85 mph! Yes, that’s eighty-five, a full 30 mph above the standard 55 mph you see in most states. That speed is the highest of any other road in the US. Legislators and Texas Department Of Transportation employees claim the road is safe. However, the few times I have driven in New Jersey, at 70 mph,I was the slowest vehicle on the road!
Of course, most traffic safety experts will tell you that the number of accidents and fatalities will increase as a result of this new speed limit. Unfortunately, you would have a hard time convincing some folks in Texas that numbers and statistics simply don’t lie. But I have a feeling that after a few more years of statistical research, the numbers will clearly show that fast driving is not safer than moderately fast driving.
So enjoy your driving experience in Virginia. Be cautious, observe the speed limit, and visit parts of the state you have never been to before. No, you can’t go 85 mph, but you’ll have more time to enjoy your experience!