New York ranked second for having the safest roads in the US, with 5.8 fatal car accidents per 100k members of the population. Experts say the ranking may be due to above-average seat belt usage (93%) in NY – 2.6% above the national average. Fatal crash data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was analyzed for the report. Research suggests that, if worn correctly, seat belts can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%. Experts also recommend planning trips in advance, leaving at off-peak times, paying attention to your surroundings, and ensuring you are well-rested before setting off.