A national report indicates Omaha drivers are moving up the list of the nation’s best drivers. Among the 200 largest U.S. cities, Omaha ranks 39th for safe driving while Lincoln is in the top 10 percent.
The report from Allstate Insurance says the average Omaha driver will get in an accident roughly once every 11 years. Chances are even greater if you like to occasionally eat behind the wheel, touch up the makeup or the biggest issue of all, which is texting while driving.
Studies show texting and driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence, similar to getting behind the wheel after having four beers. Auto crashes are the number one cause of death for anyone under age 34. Teens specifically are four times more likely to crash.
Allstate came to Channel 6 Friday morning to demonstrate its “Reality Rides" simulator, which metro teenagers will have the chance to try out Friday night outside of Northwest High School. Reality Rides is on a 20-city tour, using a special car to convince teens to take the pledge to not text and drive.
The car recreates the experience with virtual reality technology. Students put on a headset and must try to navigate through the animated streets with the added challenge of trying to text a friend along the way.