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The Best & Worst Drivers By State - The EmpireCovers Blog
The Best & Worst Drivers By State - The EmpireCovers Blog

 

Driving is a part of everyday life for many Americans. As of 2018, there were over 225 million licensed drivers in the United States, meaning over two-thirds of the country are legally allowed to get behind the wheel and drive. Of course, just being licensed to drive doesn’t actually make someone a good driver.

Anyone who drives regularly has experienced bad drivers while on the road, with the worst offenders often becoming long-term reminders of what not to do while operating a vehicle. Recognizing that driving is a skill and some people are better at it than others, the team here at EmpireCovers wanted to explore how driving ability and driving records correlate to the kinds of cars people own and the states where they learned to drive. 

To do this, we conducted a survey of over 2,600 licensed drivers from around the country, anonymously asking them to tell us what kind of car they drive, where they are from, how many points have been taken off their licenses, their accident and ticket history, and more. Once we evaluated the results, we found some very interesting trends and insights, which we turned into a series of graphics and maps. Read on to see all that data!


As a baseline to help contextualize the rest of the data, we looked at the total survey responses to find what the average driving record looks like. We found the average driver has been pulled over just under three times and received 2.33 tickets from those encounters, resulting in an average of 2.51 points taken off of their license. We also found that over 57% of drivers have gotten into an accident before, while 22% of drivers have been at fault for an accident in the past. A similar 22% have had their license suspended or revoked before. Finally, the average driver gives themselves a score of 7.90 out of 10 in terms of how they perceive their driving ability.

Having found what the average driver overall looks like, we wanted to find data on the average driver of different car brands. In the table above we highlighted the “best” brand in each column green and highlighted the “worst” in red. One thing that caught our eye was the fact that Volvo drivers were the “worst” in three different categories, indicating to us that Volvo drivers are some of the overall worst on the road. This is even more interesting considering U.S. News and World Report ranked Volvo second on their list of safest car brands of 2020, meaning the safety record of Volvos has to fight against user error in addition to everyday driving dangers.


While Volvo drivers were consistently ranked near the bottom of almost every category and recognized that in their self-assessments, we found a few instances where driving records and self-perception didn’t match up quite as consistently. We found that BMW drivers are near the bottom in multiple important categories, including having the MOST average number of points taken off their license, yet they still rate themselves as the second-best drivers among all car brands. We found similar disconnects between drivers in Nevada and Nebraska, where they finished with the worst results in major categories but still ranked themselves in the top-five overall. Conversely, Subaru drivers have largely excellent driving records, yet appear to doubt their skills behind the wheel, ranking themselves second-worst.

Finally, we turned state-by-state data in a series of interactive heat maps. You can use the drop-down menus to select a specific metric and then hover over a state to see their results for that metric, while the map overall shows how the states compare to one another. Feel free to explore and see how your home state stacks up to the rest of the country! 

No matter where you live or what kind of car you drive, safety on the road is no accident. Taking steps to be a better driver can help keep yourself and others safe while behind the wheel. And if you want to keep your car safe even when you aren’t driving it, be sure to check out the selection of automotive covers for sale at EmpireCovers!

Empire Gives - Space...the Present Frontier




School:
PS 47 John Randolph, Bronx, NY
Teacher:
 Ms. Carmona, 3rd - 5th Grade Teacher

Project: Help give students a safe learning environment that recognizes social distancing with seat storage sacks, caddies, and book totes.

The Students

Ms. Carmona teaches students with a Special Needs. The children range from ADD, ADHD to Autistism, ED (Emotionally Disturbed) and Learning Disabled. Every day is a new beginning for her when it comes to teaching her "shining stars". They're amazingly curious and full of wonder. This world is a strange place and these little darlings are just beginning to find their place in it. Some of them are on medication to control their impulsive behavior and outbursts. All of them hold the keys to Ms. Carmona's heart. One of her challenges is to reorganize and redirect their energy. It's difficult enough in the classroom; now, with this hybrid/ blended learning, style, they're struggling more than ever.

The Project 

Space, is the key word these days. As the new school year starts, the goal is to keep the children safe and healthy while continuing their education. One of the best ways to do that is to keep Social Distancing Protocol in place. Giving each child their own book baggie and tabletop container will help stop the spread of germs and movement in the classroom. Each student will have what they need at their immediate reach. The containers and chairback bookbags will create an individualized learning environment for each child. The Teacher caddy and magnetic bins will allow Ms. Carmona to be mobile and organized on the go.

After fully funding the project, Ms. Carmona wrote back to us saying, 

I'd like to express my sincere thanks for your generosity. This is all so New and so Challenging. I aim to provide an atmosphere of safety and security for my students and you have just set the tone for them. Your donation has provided individuality that will allow a consistent work flow, without making them feel estranged I'm eternally grateful. I wish you Safety, Health and Abundant blessings.

With gratitude,
Ms. CARMONA

If you would like to support a classroom near you, visit www.donorschoose.org

Empire Gives - Next Chapter



School:
 Timpanogos Elementary School, Provo, UT

Teacher: Mrs. Gould, 3rd - 5th Grade Teacher

Project: Help supply students with books to educate them on diversity and inclusion. 

The Students

On March 13, Mrs. Gould met with her class as normal and said their goodbyes that afternoon when the bell rang without ever thinking they wouldn't meet in the room the next Monday. It was announced after school that day that schools would be closed and learning must be continued online for the remainder of the year. Although Mrs. Gould's students always came to school with a great attitude and ready to learn, she was amazed to see their willingness to learn remotely. The majority of her students come from low-income households. Their parents work long hours during the day and aren't always home to help with homework. Seeing her young students take responsibility for their education and completing assignments without having an adult around had her in awe.

The Project 

Having a variety of books to choose from allows young readers to explore their reading preferences. With libraries and schools being closed, Mrs. Gould's students currently do not have access to adequate reading material which in turn limits their reading altogether. Getting books into their hands will get them reading. However, it's not just any books that she is trying to get into their hands. The books Mrs. Gould selected for this project include books that teach students about diversity, inclusion, and racism. Students all around the country are currently being exposed to topics that are difficult and sometimes uncomfortable to talk about. Having books that address these topics allows students, teachers, and parents to start conversations that need to be started. By giving her students these books, she can create opportunities for her students to have conversations in a safe environment where they are allowed to ask questions and express their feelings and emotions.

After fully funding the project, Mrs. Gould wrote back to us saying, 

Dear EmpireCovers.com,

Thank you so much for your generous donations of books to my students! I'm so excited to share these books with my students and the important life lessons they'll learn from them!

You've given us books that will create an opportunity to have conversations about these topics. I can't wait to update you on the difference you've made in my classroom.

With gratitude,
Mrs. Gould

If you would like to support a classroom near you, visit www.donorschoose.org

Empire Gives - Distanced Learning



School:
 Lincoln Elementary School, Maywood, IL

Teacher: Ms. Mazzetta, 3rd - 5th Grade Teacher

Project: Help give students an immersive experience with augmented reality STEM toys.

The Students Ms. Mazzetta is a math and science teacher. Her class is composed of 42 culturally diverse ESL students – a quarter of which are diagnosed with special needs. What she loves most about her students is their positive attitude and enthusiasm for virtual learning! She admires their ability to persevere through this challenging time. The majority of the students are faced with detrimental circumstances beyond their control, such as: homelessness and low socioeconomic status. Nevertheless, they come prepared and ready to learn – at a distance – every day. Ms. Mazzetta is driven to provide her students with the most opportunities to succeed – this includes using technology to enhance their understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts.

The Project  Ms. Mazzetta hopes to provide her students with technology they have never before witnessed - augmented reality! By using augmented reality, students can learn even outside the classroom. Merge Explorer puts science and math standards in the palms of students' hands. The standards-aligned STEM app allows students to hold the solar system, explore DNA, play math games, investigate plate tectonics, dissect a frog, and more! This STEM toy will help students easily acquire, process, and remember information. It will increase learner engagement by letting students participate more actively with the content, rather than being passive recipients of information. With this tool, students will be able to explore the learning content themselves, which can make them feel more empowered and motivated to improve skills during this difficult time.

After coming across Ms. Mazzetta's enthusiasm toward learning and hearing about her students, we knew we had to help them during this challenging time that all students are facing. We fully funded her project of acquiring a number of Augmented Reality STEM Toys to add some fun and excitement to at-home learning for the students. After receiving the STEM Toys, Ms. Mazzetta wrote to us saying,

Dear EmpireCovers.com,

WOW, I am at a loss for words! Your donation has come at just the right time. These MERGE cubes will be the perfect tool to keep my students motivated/excited to learn amidst this pandemic and through the rest of the school year! Math and science are subjects that allow for definitive thinking, but when that clear-cut thinking is combined with technology (i.e. augmented reality), the subjects come ALIVE! Thank you so much. MERGE Explorer will be put to good use - both now and for future years to come! I look forward to sharing the results of my implemented project (and lots of pictures) with you.

With gratitude,
Ms. Mazzetta

If you know of a classroom in need, especially during these challenging time, let us know and we may fund their project on DonorsChoose.org. 

 

 

Empire Gives - Got Supplies?



School: 
Cook-Wissahickon, Philadelphia, PA

Teacher: Mrs. Maguire, 

Project: Supply students with school essentials that they have already run out of

The Students Mrs. Maguire works in a public school in the Philadelphia School District with a very diverse population. Her students come from many different home situations with a vast variety of backgrounds. Regardless of their home lives, the students come to school every day, eager to learn something new. Mrs. Maguire teaches math and science to exceptional fifth-grade students. They push her out of her comfort zone and make her want to be a better teacher. They had a lot of exciting activities and projects planned for the year, but needed help acquiring supplies.

The Project  This project will provide students with all of the everyday supplies they need. They were already running out of their supplies at the half way point of the year. When the students receive new supplies they get excited and interested in learning again. This is an amazing opportunity to reward the students for their hard work and show them how much we support their education and future. Through this project students will receive pencils, paper, classroom supplies and other resources that are used every day to create a successful and fun learning environment for each and every student. The students truly deserve and need these resources. 

After fully funding the project, Mrs. Maguire and her students sent us handmade thank you notes which we all enjoyed reading. You can read Mrs. Maguire's letter below and the students' notes in the images above. 

Dear Donor,

Thank you so very much for your generous donation to our classroom. Through this project we were given many basic supplies that we take for granted in our lives but could be the one item that makes learning possible for a student. We have students that go without at home or even in classrooms in the past. I try to provide my students with all the basic supplies they need in order to create a classroom they enjoy being in. Through this project students were provided tissues, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, printer paper, colored paper, and sharpened pencils. These items can often seem unimportant but they are extremely essential in a classroom and provide students with an excuse free classroom to do their work. For many students school was not a place they wanted to be in the past. Through the projects I have gotten funded this year, my students now look forward to coming to school everyday and have everything they need to be successful when they arrive. My students are showing amazing progress this year. They are all very grateful for the support that has been shown to them through donors choose projects. Thank you very much.
Empire Gives - Social Skills



School: 
Sawgrass Bay Elementary School, Clermont, FL

Teacher: Ms. Thornton

Project: Donate the necessary materials to help students with autism develop social skills.

The Students Ms. Thornton's class is composed of special needs children who deserve the best education possible. This is not always possible when supplies are limited, budgets are being cut, the technology they have is archaic, and the teacher is forced to constantly reach into her own limited finances to make purchases for class. Most of the students are on the spectrum and have a variety of special needs such as social personal skills education, occupational, physical and speech therapy, and basic life skills which are essential for everyday living. The tools and supplies they need to be successful are not part of the typical school budget. With the state continuing to cut funds and IDEA being drastically reduced, Ms. Thornton needed to reach out for more assistance. 

The Project  The students each struggle with the basic social skills we take for granted on a daily basis. In class they are learning to share, take turns, and be patient (in small doses). Ms. Thornton had the opportunity to borrow some of the books she asked for and read them to the students, and they are written in a way that the students can relate to and understand. For example, they can all identify with 'don't be a soda pop head'. Having these materials as part of her class to refer to on a daily basis would be greatly beneficial to the students. Social skills are highly necessary for all students but especially students on the spectrum and they are often something that are often overlooked as part of the daily curriculum. Learning these social skills now will not only help the students become better individuals but also assist them in coping with their differences. By learning better social skills the students will have the opportunity for a better future.

We were very touched by Ms. Thornton's story and realized that we had to help out her students since there were not many other resources left available that would provide for them. After providing the funding for the materials she requested, she sent us very sweet thank you letter:

 

Dear EmpireCovers.com,

Students on the Spectrum often times lack the necessary Social Skills to be successful in school and life. With the curriculum that was purchased with the assistance of donors choose and the awesome donors who gave, my students will be able to immerse themselves in a curriculum that is rich with the necessary social skills they will need to be successful in life. The books that were selected were careful though out because they are relatable and easy to understand for my class. They speak to the students on their level, break concepts down and allow the are filled with colorful pictures that catch the students eye. My students love when new books come into the classroom. Unfortunately, many of the books we receive are often times used books and are not brand new. For my students to be able to have brand new books in their possession truly makes their day. It adds to their self esteem and worth when they get new books because it makes them feel important. Thank you for helping add to those feelings!

With gratitude,
Ms. Thornton

We were very happy to hear that the new books and materials will be able to help these students, and we can't wait to help the next classroom in need. If you would like to help out the schools in your community, visit www.donorschoose.org

Make Up To 150 Face Masks With A Car Cover



Message Jake Goldblum, CEO of EmpireCovers

Helping Our Community and Customers

The lack of medical masks has become a growing issue and concern, so we have taken some actions to help as best as we can:

  • We urge our customers to create their own masks so that the highest quality masks can make their way to the health care workers that need them the most.
  • We have created an easy instructional video that teaches you how to use our covers to create your own masks (Linked Above).
  • While these masks are not medical grade, our covers are made from a similar non-woven breathable material found in surgical masks, have a soft inner lining, and are splash proof, which mitigates the spread of the virus.
  • One car cover can make up to 150 masks. We encourage those who have access to the equipment needed to make at-home masks to make as many as they can to provide them to their neighbors and community members who are unable to sew them themselves.
  • For those who want to make their own masks and do not have a sewing machine, we recommend using duct tape or a stapler instead.

Facts About Face Masks

  • Face Masks (aka Personal Protective Equipment) are in extremely short supply in the United States. They should not be confused with N95 Masks—which are sealed to the face and critically needed by medical personnel and those who are known to have been directly exposed to patients with proven or suspected COVID-19. However, as evidenced below, face masks have real value and benefit.
  • Face masks have real value and benefit and should be supplied to and are STRONGLY recommended to be worn by older adults, those with underlying medical conditions and others who need to leave their home for any reason
    • Face masks, importantly, prevent users from touching their mouth and nose with their possibly contaminated hand.
    • See Boston Globe article , 3/19/2020, “Guidance against wearing masks for the coronavirus is wrong – you should cover your face”.
    • Face masks PREVENT potential asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic transmission and are strongly recommended by older adults and those with underlying medical conditions. See authoritative British Medical Journal, the Lancet, 3/20/2020: “Rational use of face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic”: Perhaps it would also be rational to recommend that people in quarantine wear face masks if they need to leave home for any reason, to prevent potential asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic transmission. In addition, vulnerable populations, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions, should wear face masks if available. Universal use of face masks could be considered if supplies permit (Emphasis added)
  • The CDC’s advice similarly includes: To protect yourself: wear a face mask if you are sick and cover coughs and sneezes.

We will continue to do our best to help our community and customers during this crisis. I'd like to personally thank everyone for their continued support and patience. EmpireCovers has and always will keep you covered. Stay safe, stay inside, and we will get through this together.

Best,

Jake Goldblum

 

COVID-19 Resources and Articles

-Boston Globe, Guidance against wearing masks for the coronavirus is wrong - you should cover your face: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/19/opinion/guidance-against-wearing-masks-coronavirus-is-wrong-you-should-cover-your-face/

-The Lancet, Rational use of face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(20)30134-X/fulltext

-CDC, COVID-19 Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

-White House, 15 days to slow the spread: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

-World Health Organization, Advise for the public: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

-Google, COVID-19 Resources: https://www.google.com/covid19/

Empire Gives - Coding is Cool



School: 
Holland Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA

Teacher: Ms. Rowan, Pre-K - 2nd Grade Teacher

Project: Supply students with materials for coding and STEM activities.

The Students  The students attend a Title I school. They are all eager to learn and grow. Ms. Rowan's students are a very diverse group and are some of the sweetest kids she has ever met. They enjoy participating in hands-on, student-centered activities and are learning how to work well with one another in small groups. As an inclusive classroom, Ms. Rowan aims to supply a wide diversity of social, emotional, and cognitive needs in her classroom. She wants to provide the best learning environment possible for their eager minds to grow!

The Project  As our society moves further forward in our technological advances, more and more careers in STEM, such as coding, are growing every day. It is becoming ever more essential that students see these areas in the classroom and learn how the technology that runs our world works. The games Ms. Rowan requested will make learning coding so much more fun for the kids! These materials will help the students gain exposure to new fields from a young age, piquing their interest and growing their confidence. We could not pass up on the opportunity to help these children develop important computer skills. After fully funding the project, Ms. Rowan wrote back to us saying 

Dear EmpireCovers.com,

What a blessing these materials have been. Squeals of delight echoed down the hallways as we opened the boxes to reveal our new STEM activities!
The kids could not wait to dive right in. I have loved watching them work together to problem solve and create using these centers. They
look forward to our weekly STEM centers and have convinced me to incorporate them into our indoor recess time. Now rainy days are not so dreary during our recess block!
Hearing the discuss their strategies and help one another bring their ideas to fruition has been such a joy! Thank you for bringing the joy of learning through STEM to my kiddos!

With gratitude,
Ms. Rowan

If you are interested in helping students in a school near you, visit www.DonorsChoose.org.

 


Just one of the many thank you notes we received from the students.
Top Super Bowl Car Commercials of the Decade



One of the best parts of the Super Bowl is undoubtedly the commercials. So to celebrate the start of a new decade and the upcoming 54th Super Bowl, we've compiled our list of the best car commercials from each Super Bowl over the last decade. Take a look at our top picks below.

2010: Volkswagen - 'Punch Dub'

'Punch Dub' was aired in the third quarter of the Super Bowl XLIV, with a cameo appearances by Tracy Morgan and Stevie Wonder. Volkswagen has fun with the ad, taking inspiration from the classic game that kids used to play back in the original Beetle’s heyday called “Punch Buggy”.


2011: Volkswagen - 'The Force'

Volkswagen takes the top spot again with one of their most memorable commercials, 'The Force'. The ad features a kid ambling about his house dressed as Darth Vader while attempting to use the force on everything from the family dog to the new Passat sitting in the driveway. This wholesome commercial still remains to be one of the top watched Super Bowl commercials of all time.


2012: Chevrolet - 'Mayan Apocalypse'

The 2012 spot goes to Chevy with their 'Mayan Apocalypse' commercial. The ad takes inspiration from the 'End of the World' fad that ran rampant in 2012 due to the Mayan calendar ending. Chevy shows just how tough their trucks are by putting them through the apocalypse.


2013: Audi - 'Prom'

Audi takes a storytelling approach in their 2013 commercial, 'Prom'. The ad tells the story of a boy who has to face his worst fear, going to his senior prom alone. However, when his sympathetic dad lends him the keys to a shiny black Audi S6, his confidence blooms which leads to an impassioned kiss with the prom queen... and black eye, courtesy of the prom king.


2014: Jaguar - 'Rendezvous'

Jaguar takes inspiration from British spy movies with this 2014 hit. The star studded cast features Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong.


2015: Dodge - 'Wisdom'

Dodge's ad, “Wisdom”, is a partial celebration of the company turning 100. In this commercial, the company has rounded up a group of people who are 96 years old and older to offer up a few words of wisdom.


2016: Hyundai - 'First Date'

Hyundai enlists the help of Kevin Hart for this comedic spot. In this commercial, Hart lends his Hyundai Genesis - equipped with a GPS tracker - to his daughter’s date so that the couple’s whereabouts can be tracked throughout the night.


2017: Buick - 'Not So Pee Wee Football'

Buick’s 2017 commercial, 'Not So Pee Wee Football', features NFL player Cam Newton, supermodel Miranda Kerr, and well-earned laughs. The ad is meant to change people's perceptions on Buick vehicles by showing off their newest models and having character's ask, "That's a Buick?", in disbelief.


2018: Toyota - 'Good Odds'

Toyota's 2018 spot, 'Good Odds', shows the heart-touching story of Lauren Woolstencroft, an eight-time Paralympic gold medallist born without legs below the knee and no left arm below the elbow. The commercial does not feature any vehicles, but it definitely provides viewers with plenty of inspiration.


2019: Hyundai - 'Elevator'

Last year's top pick goes to Hyundai's 'Elevator' commercial. The commercial features Jason Bateman as an elevator attendant, taking the passengers to a number of different floors for things such as root canals, jury duty, and more until they are brought to the top floor to buy a Hyundai. The commercial highlights Hyundai's Shopper Assurance program, which the company says makes car buying more convenient and more pleasant.

Empire Gives - Let's Get Physical



School:
 Highland Elementary School, Eunice, LA

Teacher: Mrs. Myers, 3rd - 5th Grade Teacher

Project: Give students the equipment they need to enjoy their Physical Education class.

The Students 

Many of the students come from impoverished families and lack the funds to purchase basic school supplies, much less extra supplies for art or other projects. That being said, they are the same as any other children. They are loving, inquisitive, and thrive on adventure. Mrs. Myers states that they love to learn, and her job is to make things fun and interesting for them. This year she started teaching PE to the 3rd and 4th graders, and she was excited that she would get to see more of the students. However, with her new position, she also noticed a lack of resources for the students. 

 

The Project 

This is the first year that Mrs. Myers will be teaching physical education at the elementary school. The school had no equipment and she wanted to give her students the best experience possible. Many of the students are talented athletes, but do not have the opportunity to play with a team. By being able to offer them sports at school, she will be able to teach them how important teamwork is, and maybe get more of them interested in team sports!

At EmpirCovers, we also recognize the importance of a physical education and the values that sports can teach them. So we fully funded Mrs. Myers' project and supplied her with an assortment of sports equipment for her PE class. We were happy to see the equipment immediately be put to good use by her students! After receiving her items, Mrs. Myers and her students were kind enough to send us letters thanking us for the donation. Mrs. Myers wrote:

Dear EmpireCovers.com,

My students were so excited to see the balls and jump ropes that we received! They are not used to having equipment to play with during PE/recess time. It was fun to show them how to use a jump rope. Of course, this teacher was out of breath demonstrating! Then, I explained how a soccer ball was used. Those little ones took off across the play ground kicking that ball all the way! Another time, several students wanted to learn how to use the badminton equipment. We put a twist on the game by using the rackets and waffle balls together. They still need a lot of practice coordinating those rackets and balls! Thanks again for putting smiles on their faces and getting them moving! Thank you so very much for helping to fund this project. My students will be so excited to have PE equipment that they can use each day. These balls and other equipment will help to ensure that our students get the maximum experience during their Physical Education class.

If you would like to help support a classroom in need, visit www.DonorsChoose.org to find a classroom near you to donate to. 


Just a few of the hand written thank you notes sent to us by the students.