Recent stats reveal driving in this area only seems life threatening and dangerous.
In fact, Allstate recently ranked 200 of the largest U.S. cities using car collision frequency data and drivers in KCMO are 8.3 percent less likely than the average U.S. driver to have an accident. Across the State Line in KCK, the numbers are even better. Sadly, I still haven’t found a worthwhile excuse to venture into KCK but it’s nice to know at least the drive will be nice and safe.
These driver stats are comforting but they don’t feel accurate at all given that most locals don’t know what they’re doing behind the wheel.
I have examples.
The stats don’t reveal this fun fact: JoCo Drivers are the scourge of KC Proper. JoCo people are always driving around clueless and I usually yell something offensive their way whenever they cross into my section of the urban core. You’d be surprised how speedy a minivan is when someone yells “Go home white devil!” in the general direction of the vehicle.
The latest generation of drivers in the Brookside/Ward Parkway corridor are also horrible and it’s not all to blame on texting. The Internet and Nickelodeon have robbed them of any hint of Independence and I guess they never really had the initiative to learn how to drive their dad’s car properly.
Finally, in the urban core the uninsured driver rules!!!
I can usually see them coming a mile away in some ancient Buick that has a door held together only by duct tape. It is wise to steer clear of these folks and they’re just part of the fun of urban exploring that most suburbanites never consider.
So, while this town’s driving record seems safe, those stats probably don’t count the countless people getting out of their cars and banging their heads against a wall.