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March 22, 2021

If You Made It from March 2020 to March 2021, Thank an Essential Worker

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If you survived the last 12 months, it should go without saying that you should thank an essential worker - and probably more than one.  Join us this month as we look back on the last year since the pandemic began, and remember the contributions and sacrifices of our wonderful essential workers.

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First of all, essential workers doesn't mean glamourous positions.  Sure, healthcare workers like doctors and pharmacists are essential and take home a sizeable paycheck, but food service workers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, and grocery checkout clerks are among the lowest paid positions out there - and they kept on working while the world locked down, and it's a darn good thing they did.

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In addition to being some of the lowest paid workers, many essential jobs are held disproportionately by women, and by women of color in particular.  Take note the next time you're doing your shopping, ordering food, or visiting another business that was deemed essential last March, and thank the women of color for keeping the world running for all of us.

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One of the most vital jobs out there is that of the in-home healthcare workers who care for our elderly, ill, and infirm.  These essential workers took the ultimate risk, because they absolutely could not stop working.  Like other sectors, these home health workers are disproportionately women.

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So, next time you think of essential workers, remember that we're not only talking about doctors and nurses - although their contributions are greatly appreciated as well.  Essential workers collect your garbage, bag your groceries, deliver your takeout meals, bring your mail and precious Amazon packages, and - relevant to us here at AskPatty - they fix your car!

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Please join all of us here at AskPatty to remember our year of quarantine by honoring those workers who kept the world running.  To all of our essential workers out there, THANK YOU so much for all you have done, and continue to do! 


February 03, 2021

Not a fan of Valentine's Day? Here are 10 lesser-known February holidays you should be celebrating instead.

February means candy hearts, roses, flowers, balloons, lots of chocolates, and romance – but some of us couldn’t be less interested in Valentine’s Day, regardless of relationship status. If you’re not a fan of chalky hearts that say “Be Mine” and “XOXO,” we’d like to welcome you to February in a new way. Here are 10 other lesser-known holidays this month you can celebrate instead of Valentine’s Day. Celebrate them all – go crazy, you deserve it. Valentine’s Day has had its time in the spotlight.


National Hedgehog Day – February 2
February 2nd is known to most of us as Groundhog Day, but there’s another cute critter who tends to live in Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow – if you’ll pardon the pun. Hedgehogs are absolutely adorable little balls of quills that have become much more popular as pets in recent years. This day is set aside just for them.


National Ukulele Day – February 2
This is another holiday that falls on the 2nd, but we couldn’t resist including it as well. The 2nd is also dedicated to the ukulele, that cute Hawaiian stringed instrument which is also seeing a resurgence in popularity today. Why not compose a ukulele ballad for your new hedgehog?

World Cancer Day – February 4
An important day for anyone who has been affected by cancer – and that’s most of us. Sooner or later, it seems that cancer will have an impact on everyone’s life, and that’s why World Cancer Day was established to continue to raise awareness and work towards a cure.

World Nutella Day – February 5
For those of you who don’t know, Nutella is a tasty spread flavored with cocoa and hazelnut, and it’s just about the best thing ever. This is an official holiday which was founded in 2005 by Nutella superfan Sara Rosso. Today, every year Nutella picks a fan to lead the celebration, and the day is marked by people sharing photos, recipes, and messages proclaiming their love for this wonderful stuff.

National Pizza Day – February 9
Okay, so maybe we were hungry when we made this list, but how could we leave out National Pizza Day? This Italian treat was basically unknown before the end of World War II, but today it has become a part of American culture, and the go-to meal of busy nights when no one wants to think about dinner. Celebrate by ordering a pizza, or make your own!


International Day of Women and Girls in Science – February 11
Taking a break from the food-themed holidays (we’ll get back to them, don’t you worry), this important day is established to honor the work of women in the sciences. Emphasis is placed on the need for a greater focus on women and girls in STEM education and careers – it’s the fastest growing employment sector, and STEM needs women!


Singles Awareness Day – February 15
Conveniently paired with the Holiday Which Shall Not Be Named, the day after is dedicated to singles. If you’re alone on the 14th, don’t be sad – celebrate SAD (that is, Singles Awareness Day). This day is a reminder that we don’t need a relationship to celebrate love, so celebrate together with your single pals!

National Tortilla Chip Day – February 24
Yup, the food themed holidays are back late month, and they’re ready to party. Nothing gets a party started like a big bowl of tortilla chips paired with salsa, guac, queso, or a dip of your own making. This February 24, celebrate these delicious treats from our southern neighbors by making a big plate of nachos.


National Chili Day – February 25
It’s a dish that is truly versatile. You can have a bowl of chili every day for many years, and have a completely different experience every time. On the surface, it’s so simple: a tomato base, beans, spices, peppers or other veggies, a protein of some kind… but in practice, making a great pot of chili is a true art. Whether you like it spicy or mild, meaty or vegetarian, use your leftover tortilla chips from the 24th as a side, and make yourself a bowl of chili today.


National Chocolate Souffle Day – February 28
Almost as if to apologize for the big, commercial, romantic holiday in the middle of it, February sends us off with a sweet goodbye. The last day of the month (except in leap years) is dedicated to the dessert of desserts, the chocolate souffle. Now, we’re not here to ruin you New Year’s diet, but this day does only come one a year, right?

January 04, 2021

Stop Resolving, and Start Solving – Make New Year’s Resolutions Work!

Well, as 2020 comes to a close, I think it’s fair to say that not many of us are sad to see it go.  It’s been a chaotic and unpredictable time, and even the holidays seem very out of sorts this year due to COVID restrictions, and general concern for the safety and health of those closest to us.  As I write this, I’ve just accepted an E-Invite to one of our annual holiday traditions – in a normal year, we gather with friends for an evening during Hanukkah, we all pitch in to cook latkes and a delicious meal (the meal varies, but latkes are always a given) together, and then we gather around a table with graham crackers, candy, frosting, and building tools, and construct the most clever gingerbread (well graham cracker) houses we can come up with.  This year, we’re doing it virtually – each cooking in our own kitchen, building candy houses at our own tables while connected via Zoom.  It’s a poor substitute for real human connection, but this year, I’ll take it.

As we look forward into next year, I’ve been doing some thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.  I’ve never been big on making them, because I know that I wouldn’t be big on keeping them.  I suspect that many of you may be the same way.  Well, this year, I don’t just want change – I feel like we all need it.  So, instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, those promises to myself that I swear to keep while falling right back into old habits, I’m making New Year’s Solutions.  The focus this year isn’t on the promise, but on the result.  I’ll make it happen, by hook or crook.  If you’d like to hit the “Reset” button and get 2021 started in a positive direction, I recommend doing the same thing, and here are some tips we put together to help you stop resolving, and start solving.

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Mentally Prepare for Change

Change is an upheaval by nature.  Before you leap into the process, take time to mentally prepare for the fact that if you’re going to be successful, things are going to have to be different.  Don’t be afraid to rethink yourself, and to reframe the way you look at your habits and life.  Changing long-standing habits isn’t easy.  Take a step back, keep positive, and don’t be afraid to change gradually – no need to be in a hurry.  Set achievable goals, stick to them, and make consistent progress (at whatever pace you’re comfortable with).


Set a Goal that Motivates You

Often, we make resolutions not for ourselves, but for others.  This is a recipe for falling off the proverbial wagon.  This year, set a goal for yourself that’s important to you, and to you alone (if it pleases other people, that’s a bonus – but that’s not the point).  This is the year for your own solutions, not someone else’s.


Be Reasonable

Sometimes New Year’s Resolutions come in batches. However it’s better to succeed at one resolution than to fail at several.  Make a list of goals, prioritize, and choose one or two goals that are important to you, challenging, but achievable.  Don’t spread yourself too thin!


Be Specific

If your goals are vague, like “lose weight” or “spend more time at home,” it’s hard to tell when you’ve achieved them.  Make your goals specific.  If you’re learning a new language, set a goal to read a certain (preferably short, remember the previous tip) book written entirely in that language by the end of the year.  When you’ve accomplished it, you’ll know.  Similarly, consider whether your goals have a workaround or a loophole you might exploit later.  If you leave yourself a loophole, you will take it.


Create Sub-Tasks

Big goals can seem far out of reach, but they are made of many small steps. Once you’ve decided on the one or two goals that are important to you, it’s time to divide those large goals into achievable sub-tasks, so you can be sure to make steady progress.


Write Your Goals (and Sub-Tasks) Down

A goal that’s only in your head is made to be missed.  When you make a plan, write it down.  Then, you’ll have something to reference all year long, and a checklist to mark off as you make progress. 


Tell a Friend Your Goals

Making goals for yourself and only yourself is excellent, but if you’re the only one who knows, they can be easy to ignore.  Loop a friend in so you’ll have an accountability partner.  Find friends who have similar goals, and let them know yours, so you can have each other’s backs.


Automate Your Goals

Don’t forget that we live in the 21st Century!  Set reminders via your virtual assistants Siri, Alexa, Google, and Cortana.  Use tools like Google Calendar and to-do list apps are a great way to keep your goals literally in your pocket, so they’re easy to keep up with.


Review Your Goals Regularly

Set yourself a regular (weekly or monthly) review session to keep track of your progress, and have smaller check-ins regularly to make sure you keep moving forward.


It’s Okay to Fall – but Get Back up.

If achieving big goals were easy, we wouldn’t make such a big deal out of them every new year.  Along the way, you will likely slip, so go ahead and prepare yourself for that, too.  Slipping is a part of progress.  When you do, recognize that you’ve slipped because what you’re trying to do is hard – but that’s also why you’re trying to do it.  Don’t beat yourself up, just set your eye once again on the goal, and get back to it.

November 02, 2020

Adapting to Change: Being Female Friendly in the Service Department

By Jody DeVere

AdaptingToChangeBeing female friendly is a necessity these days in all industries, including automotive, because the American woman is one of the most powerful economic forces on the planet. With $7 trillion in purchasing power, women account for 85% of consumer spending and up to 70% of repair shop customers. Okay, this isn’t exactly new information, but 2020 has brought a whirlwind of changes, and you need to know what “female friendly” means now.

Due to COVID, women are contending with additional pressures related to remote learning, childcare issues, and new safety concerns, all adding up to more time constraints and increased stress. A trip to the repair shop does nothing to ease her anxiety; without her vehicle, she loses a large part of her ability to facilitate the daily tasks needed to keep her family running smoothly.

Female friendly shops help female customers feel comfortable and confident when bringing their vehicles in for maintenance or repair. To best support and serve your female customers, you must understand and address their needs, ensuring they feel understood and respected.

Make Her Feel Safe

Safety and health are on everyone’s minds in 2020, and for women, who tend to be caregivers, those concerns are amplified. Today’s female customer wants touch-less options, with minimal human contact.

Since time constraints are another concern, offering concierge services from her home or job allows her to continue her day with minimal interruptions, while you pick up, service and drop off her vehicle. Allowing her to pay by text reduces contact even more and helps position your shop as female friendly.

Don’t forget to reassure your female customer about the sanitizing methods you’re taking to ensure the health and safety of her family. Make sure that employees always wear gloves and masks, and supply masks to customers when needed.

Make Sure She Feels Heard

How a female customer views her repair experience is based on your success at establishing trust, demonstrating respect, and improving communication, thereby building a relationship with her. This begins with friendly, welcoming counter staff, whether the first contact is made in person or by phone. A rude or disrespectful employee is the fastest way to convince a female customer to take her business elsewhere.

Service advisors should also be friendly, patient and honest. Women are likely to ask more questions than your male customers, but educating her by thoroughly answering those questions goes a long way in establishing trust and building a female friendly relationship.

Women want to receive frequent updates on the progress of their vehicle repair, and they prefer to have options, such as email and texting. Offer multiple options for communication, and ask her preference to create a female friendly experience.

Providing a written estimate creates trust because she knows what’s being done and how much it will cost. When choosing the shop that will repair her vehicle, a female consumer typically places less importance on cost than on feeling respected and feeling she can trust the shop.

Make Her Feel Welcome

You don’t need to roll out the red carpet, but your customer will feel more welcome if your waiting area includes comfortable chairs, entertainment options, and free Wi-Fi, which allows her to multi-task and use her time efficiently. Refreshments, such as snacks, water bottles and coffee, shows that you care about her comfort as well. Including a play area for children is a nice addition that demonstrates how important her entire family is to your business.

Your facility should obviously be kept clean, but special attention needs to be given to your bathrooms. Clean them frequently, and ensure they’re well-stocked. Having a diaper changing station positions your business as family and female friendly and shows your efforts to anticipate the needs of your customers.

Creating a female friendly shop begins at the core of your organization, which means hiring female mechanics, technicians and service advisors. Women want to spend their money at places where other women are willing to work.

Make Her Feel Appreciated

Women who feel empowered and respected are happy customers, but going that extra step to address her needs and concerns beyond the repair process will inspire loyalty that’s well worth the effort. You appreciate her business, so why wouldn’t you let her know how you feel?

Keep your relationship fun by sending her home with pet treats or coloring books for the kids. Follow up after her visit with a handwritten note, thanking her for trusting you with her car. Offering a free six-month safety inspection appeals to her desire to increase her family’s safety and shows it’s important to you, too.

Host a Zoom car care clinic to educate and empower women on vehicle maintenance and repair, or support local women’s charities to demonstrate your dedication to women’s issues and help gain the trust of your female customers. Addressing her needs creates loyalty with your female customer and ensures your shop receives a reputation for being female friendly. has been at the forefront of training automotive retailers on the women’s market since our founding in 2006. How can getting Certified Female Friendly help you? Complete a contact form and schedule a live demo with our staff. We'll cover the program with you in detail, educate you as to how you could benefit, and answer any questions you may have.


Go here to schedule a demo to learn how to become Certified Female Friendly

May 03, 2020 Launches Powerhouse Automotive Consultant Network

After almost 15 years of service to the automotive industry, is now offering specialized consulting services from some of the industry’s most renowned experts.

Since 2006, has been on a journey to educate and advocate for women in all areas of the automotive industry.  This new consulting venture expands the brand’s mission by integrating consulting for automotive businesses from high performing female experts.  The network is comprised of specialists in the area of human resources, recruiting, technical training, leadership, management, marketing and more. has served as a resource for females navigating the automotive world and has provided the industry with female friendly certification workshops for close to 15 years.  With over 5,000 clients ranging from dealerships to collision centers and everything in between, felt it was important to expand its services.

“Our customers are asking for more and we are ready to deliver.  Consulting has always been a large part of what made being Certified Female Friendly so valuable.” says Jody DeVere, CEO. “Our clients want to hire more women and they want to hear from more women in the industry.  We are here to help them do both things.”

With the new Consulting Network, has the opportunity to leverage the expertise of some of the most knowledgeable women across the auto industry.  The consultants in the network offer a combined total of over 200 years of automotive knowledge.  The Consulting Network offers in-house training, speakers, brand positioning and spokespersons, workshops, coaching, distance learning, webinars, panelists and more.  Each consultant has experience in all areas of automotive to include dealership, aftermarket, education, autobody and mechanical.

The Consultant Network is comprised of the following automotive thought leaders:

Patricia Muir – Leadership Excellence and Professional Certified Coach


Shirley Aldana – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Expert


Bogi Lateiner – Technician Recruitment and Training Expert and Spokesperson


Martha Rader, Ph.D – Organizational Leadership Expert


Donna Wagner, M.B.A. – Management and Business Consultant


Jody DeVere – Women’s Market Consultant and Spokesperson


Claire Calhoun, M.S. – Marketing, Public Relations and Lead Gen Expert


Amy Mattinat – Auto Repair, Sales and Service Expert


Additional information about the Consultant Network can be found at . is excited to carry on its mission to serve women in the automotive industry through the extension of its Consulting Network. Current and newly Certified Female Friendly clients will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary one-hour consultation on hiring female employees. 




About, Inc., Inc. takes a two-pronged approach to revolutionizing the women’s automotive retail market: For consumers, the website, is a safe and reliable source for expert automotive advice and research. For auto dealers, tire dealers, collision centers, auto service and repair centers, the revolutionary Certified Female Friendly® program, designed from the ground up, trains and certifies automotive retail and service centers on how to attract, sell, retain and increase loyalty with women customers.


Women can find an Ask Patty Certified Female Friendly® auto dealer, tire dealer, collision center, auto service and repair centers using the location search at


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Jody DeVere

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January 21, 2020 Launches New Consulting Program Aimed at Hiring Women in the Auto Industry

ConsultingCover Inc. has announced a new phase in the ongoing evolution of its Certified Female Friendly® Program, aimed at assisting automotive retailers in attracting, hiring, and retaining women employees.


ConsultingSocial03The industry has changed since this program launched back in 2006, and great strides have been made in serving women customers, thanks in part to our efforts,” says Jody DeVere, CEO. “However, as customer care has improved, the presence of women employees has remained stagnant at around 25%. Just one in four employees in the auto industry are female, and for women in leadership roles such as managers, owners, CEOs, and executives, the proportion drops to below 10%. This is something we hope to change.” The new consulting program will offer assistance in recruitment advertising and marketing, recruiting via social media, resume review, onboarding, training, management training, HR best practices, and includes options for onsite visits from CEO Jody DeVere. has operated its Certified Female Friendly® program since its launch, aimed at providing women consumers with assurances that they will be treated fairly, while training employees at automotive businesses in the best practices of customer care for women. This program will continue in this mission, and current and newly Certified clients will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary one-hour consultation on hiring female employees.




ConsultingSocial04Those interested in learning more about the newly relaunched Certified Female Friendly® programs can learn more and meet with a staff member by scheduling a live demo:

September 20, 2019

What Can Auto Businesses Do to Communicate More Effectively with Women? Step One: Get Certified!

For auto business owners, the idea of communicating more effectively with women shouldn’t be a controversial one at all. In the United States alone there are half a million women who are actively seeking to buy a new car at any given time. Women have a heavy influence on all automotive purchases (85% of them), from the showroom to the service lane, and yet 74% of women – three quarters of us – feel misunderstood by the auto industry.

When an automotive business decides to take their commitment to women seriously, it’s time for their marketing to move beyond this vague idea of influence, and start thinking about speaking the language that women want to hear. Car dealers should start asking “What do women value most about a new car?” Service providers should be asking “What would get a busy mom to trust my wrench over someone else’s?” In other words – what do women value?

Women value being heard. Women value their families. Women value their own comfort. Women value safety and peace of mind. Women want to be treated the same as men – they want to be seen and heard and valued for who they are, and what’s important to them.

That’s where comes in.

Join the AskPatty Nation with the Certified Female Friendly Program

Since 2006, our Certified Female Friendly program has been helping educate automotive professionals on the age-old question of “What women want,” and since then we’ve constantly been evolving the program to be effective for the current state of the industry in its attitudes toward women.

When an automotive business makes the decision to become Certified Female Friendly, they are not just placing a sticker on their door and getting a search listing on our website. They are making a commitment to honor the AskPatty promise – to provide women customers with nothing less than the best in customer care from start to finish and beyond.

And it’s not only about women – Certified Female Friendly locations strive to be family friendly, kid friendly, pet friendly, and accessible to customers with disabilities. In short, the AskPatty Nation of Certified Female Friendly retailers is a new kind of automotive retailer – one that serves people first.

Training, Tools, and Trust

Everyone who makes the commitment to become Certified Female Friendly goes through our online, robust certification training program. This training includes education on everything from the sales process to marketing and social media – all with women customers in mind. Once you’ve finished, you’ll have the basic skills you need to effectively communicate with women. However, just knowing the material isn’t enough. The point is to become Certified Female Friendly, and to truly incorporate those lessons in how you do business every day.

Once you’re finished with the certification training, your education isn’t finished, because provides its Certified Female Friendly clients with a monthly webinar, always on a specific topic within the realm of marketing to women. These webinars are recorded and archived – a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.

Also available are the many, many assets available on the AskPatty Marketing Portal website. All of our recorded webinars are archived there, as well as comprehensive guides on how to put together various promotions such as a Car Care Clinic, how to use your smartphone to create professional-quality video for your social media presence, and how to incorporate the AskPatty Certification into your existing marketing and advertising.

We serve our Certified Female Friendly clients month after month by way of originally designed monthly sets of marketing materials, social media graphics, tips and tricks, all designed to help you communicate more effectively with women than ever before. Each month, you’ll receive a fresh mailing of assets in our PULSE e-newsletter, and all of those materials are categorized and stored on our marketing portal, so you can access them anytime, anywhere.

When it comes to winning the loyalty of women customers in the automotive world, the key word is Trust – and we’ve designed everything about our Certified Female Friendly Program, from the branding to the materials – to enhance the trust in your relationship to your women customers.

If you’re an owner, manager, internet director, or marketing director for an automotive business of any type – dealership, service center, tire center, quick lube, collision center, car wash, or even credit union – show your women customers that you’re ready to take them seriously.

Join the AskPatty nation and Get Certified Female Friendly today.

May 03, 2019

Car Accident Statistics in The U.S. – 2019 (Infographic)

Did you know that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among healthy U.S. citizens? Drivers who sustain fatal injuries in a single year are measured in the tens of thousands, and nearly 2.5 million are seriously hurt or permanently disabled. Statistics show that these numbers have been rising in recent years despite improvements in automobile safety features. The United States has more than 220 million licensed drivers, and they risk their lives every time they enter an automobile as driver or passenger.

You can improve the odds for yourself, your passengers, and others. For starters, it is extremely important to purchase the proper auto insurance. Many health insurance policies don’t cover treatment for injuries sustained in automobile accidents. To ensure that you, your passengers, and everyone else involved receives proper treatment after an accident, make sure your auto insurance covers bodily injury and medical treatments. Our team has thoroughly analyzed the U.S. insurance company market; our comprehensive reviews can help you choose the most reliable package with the best coverage options.

Also, take a look at our infographic, which provides an extensive overview of auto accident statistics in the United States. The data is interesting, and we think it can be a highly useful guide to taking precautions and reducing the chances of getting involved in an accident.

Interested in how many car accidents happen per year in the U.S.? Check out the stats below – and drive safely!

  • There are nearly 40,000 fatal car accidents per year in the U.S.
  • Each day, more than 90 Americans die in car accidents.
  • On average, 2 million drivers experience a permanent injury every year.
  • Almost 8,000 people are killed in traffic accidents involving drivers aged 16-20.
  • The most common causes of accidents resulting in death are drunk driving (40%), speeding (30%), and irresponsible driving (33%).
  • Some 58% of fatal car accidents involve only one vehicle, and 38% are caused by a traffic collision.
  • When it comes to fatal car accidents by state, most occurred in Texas and California during 2018.
  • According to the statistics, most fatal injuries happen during weekends.  
  • Each year, more than 1,600 children younger than 15 die in traffic accidents.

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U.S. Car Accident Stats

1. The yearly cost of traffic accidents in the United States is estimated to be $871 billion.

(Source: Safer America)

A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown that the cost of traffic accidents is almost $900 billion on an annual basis. The current figure is probably even higher, since the survey was carried out in 2010.

2. Reportedly, 1.6 million car crashes were caused by cell phone use while driving.


The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving causes approximately 1.6 million car crashes in the U.S. every year. In other words, 1 out of every 4 car accidents is caused by driving and texting at the same time.

3. Every 50 minutes, a person dies because of driving under the influence of alcohol.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

According to 2016 Road Safety Facts data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die every day in automotive crashes caused by drunk drivers.

4. It is estimated that seat belts saved almost 15,000 lives in 2017.


It seems that the average American is well-aware about the risk of not wearing a seat belt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during 2016, 89.6% of drivers were properly buckled up.

5. Drivers aged 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be involved in car crashes than older drivers.

(Source: Safety Resource Center) Car accident statistics by age are clear. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that teenage drivers are at greater risk than elderly people. Some 12.2% of car accidents are the responsibility of teen drivers, while 7.5% were caused by drivers over 65, according to the United States Census Bureau.

6. Men are more likely to die in a car accident than women.


During 2015, there were about 25,000 fatal car crashes involving male drivers, and about 10,000 caused female road traffic deaths. On average, men drive 30% more miles annually than women. Additionally, men are more likely to have driving-related jobs.

7. The most common cause of traffic accidents in the United States is distracted driving.


Distracted drivers cause more traffic accidents than people who are speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol. Some of the most common causes are using a mobile phone, eating, or drinking coffee while driving.

8. Road traffic injuries and deaths are statistically most likely to happen on Saturdays.  (Source:

According to the NHTSA, the first day of the weekend is the most dangerous day to drive, primarily because of increased traffic. When it comes to working days, the risk is highest at rush hour, between 5 and 6 p.m.

9. Only one 1 of 31 car models in the U.S. has adequate headlights for safe driving.

In 2016, National Highway Safety Insurance Institute has examined the headlights of 31 midsize car models, and only one met the institute’s safety criteria. Even the luxury models received low scores.

10. The Word Health Organization ranks US highways as significantly more dangerous than highways in most Northern European countries.

(Source: Popular Mechanics)

How many U.S. fatal car accidents occur on highways? The death rate is three times higher than in the UK — 11 deaths per 100,000 population on an annual basis. Arizona’s I-10 highway is considered the most dangerous.

11. When it comes to a fatal car accident, men are two times more likely than women to have been driving under the influence.


According to a 2016 NHTSA survey, almost 75% of DUI-related traffic accidents involve male drivers. Only 14% of women who were driving-impaired had higher alcohol levels in their blood than considered safe (more than 0.08%).

12. Motor-vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. among minors aged 1 to 19.

(Source: U.S. News)

Out of 20,360 deaths among children in 2016, more than 4,000 lives were lost because of car accidents. More than 128,000 were injured. The data was presented by the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center based on statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

13. Drivers and passengers are the most common victims of road accidents.

(Source: Aceable)

Some 70% of those injured and killed due to traffic accidents are located inside the vehicle. The other 30% are motorcyclists or pedestrians. The greatest risk, as well as responsibility, is on drivers.

14. More than 90% of all car crashes in the US involve driver error.


The National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS) was conducted from 2005 to 2007 with the aim of identifying the crucial factors that lead to motor vehicle crashes. According to their automobile accident stats, fewer than 10% of accidents are caused by vehicle defects, the environment, and unknown reasons.

15. Although passenger car crashes happen more often than truck crashes, the latter are more serious.


An automotive crash involving a truck is more likely to cause serious injuries than a crash involving only passenger cars. Since transport vehicles outweigh passenger vehicles up to 30 times, the force of the impact is greater. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported that 70% of the people who die in truck crashes are occupants of other vehicles, rather than the truck.

16. Using a cellphone while driving contributed to more than 800 U.S. traffic deaths in 2017.

(Source: Green Car Congress)

A 2018 survey conducted by IIHS showed that drivers are 57% more likely to use a cellphone than drivers who answered the same question in 2014.

17. Despite the declining trend, deaths caused by motorcycle crashes are 28 times more frequent than other fatal traffic crashes.

(Source: Governors Highway Safety Association)

Although there was a 5.6% decrease in motorcycle fatalities in 2017 compared to the previous year, motorcyclists are still significantly overrepresented in all traffic deaths. Every year about 5,000 people get killed on motorcycles.

18. There were almost 42 million licensed drivers aged 65+ in the United States in 2016.

(Source: Federal Highway Administration)

The risk of getting involved in a car accident increases as people get older, so the percentage of drivers older than 65 significantly influences overall traffic safety. During 2016, almost 300,000 elderly drivers were treated in hospitals for vehicle crash injuries in the United States, and about 7,400 were killed.

19. In 2010 alone, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.


This figure represents just 1% of the 112 million adults who, according to their own confession, were driving under the influence each year. Approximately 28 people die every day as a result of drunk driving.

20. Only 5% of parents correctly place their child in their vehicle’s infant safety seat.

(Source: The Journal of Pediatrics)

A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics covered about 300 parents aged between 25 and 34. It showed that most parents don’t know how to properly install the infant seat.

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