If you live or drive in Iowa and want to get an idea of just how safe (or unsafe) your travels might be, you can check in to the Iowa Department of Transportation web site and check their daily traffic fatality statistics.

Defensive drivers understand just how dangerous it is to drive and they take every precaution before they ever get behind the wheel of their automobile. Unfortunately, not everyone is a defensive driver, however, and accidents do happen.

In Iowa you can actually check the statistics for a whole range of driving facts, including a list of daily fatalities, month by month, back to 2005. You can also check the statistics for rural traffic fatalities back to 1970. In addition to traffic fatalities you can also find information on all Iowa vehicle crashes dating back to 1925. That’s a lot of information stored in one place and it’s accessible to anyone, anywhere, any time, as long as they have Internet access.

This information is important for a number of reasons. It helps traffic planners coordinate new traffic signals and new roadways; it helps city planners design new communities, and it helps state and local police experts focus on areas which might need to be altered or monitored to improve public safety. There is no way to know exactly which roads are most dangerous and during what particular times of the year if you don’t have information about past events. This information is also crucial for safe drivers.

Safe drivers know the importance of understanding exactly where they are going to be driving. What obstacles they might face, like slippery rural highways or dangerous intersections; high traffic routes or areas where people are just more likely to have an accident.

Before you set out on a road trip, or even if you just take the same route to work every day, consider visiting your department of transportation web site to see what you can learn about the dangers you might face along the way.

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