How COVID Lockdowns Kept Roads Safer

A recent study conducted by Ohio officials found that the state’s lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to a significant decrease in traffic-related crashes and deaths. Though this is great news, the number of traffic-related incidents began to increase once those lockdowns were lifted.

An article posted by U.S. News reports that Ohio’s lockdown period had 55% fewer traffic crashes and 34% fewer severe/fatal injuries compared to 2019 data. Once the state reopened and businesses were back to normal, traffic issues began to return to levels from previous years.

Authors from the Journal of the American Medical Association note, “previous studies have suggested that the rebound may have been due to increased alcohol and marijuana use, speeding, sudden acceleration/braking, and mobile phone use seen among drivers after the lockdowns.”

After nearly a year of being stuck at home, the OnMyWay family understands the want to get out of the house and back to normal, but we need to focus on being safe while doing so. As more states begin to reopen, drivers need to be aware of the risks associated with distracted driving.

That’s where the OnMyWay app comes in! By downloading the app you can help us decrease the number of distracted driving accidents while earning rewards at the same time. OnMyWay rewards users $0.05 for every mile they drive undistracted and the cash earned through the app can be used to redeem travel rewards, product discounts, and even cash payouts.

Download the app today and join millions of others in our mission to save lives!