Pledge to 'X the Txt' with Allstate | My day at the University at Buffalo

What a gorgeous day to leave the NYC and head to Buffalo, New York to remind students of safe driving as roadway traffic intensifies with the Labor Day holiday. all state

I partnered with Allstate and spent the morning testing out their Reality Rides simulator where they encouraged students at the University at Buffalo to test their driving skills for free with a fun virtual reality simulator displaying animated scenarios drivers often encounter.

According to the newly released Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report®, Buffalo landed at No. 127 out of 200 ranked safest driving cities in the country when factoring population density in with collision frequency. Its neighboring city, Rochester, ranked 90th.

This year’s report saw New York City rise 27 spots from last year to 116th, a significant improvement. New York City actually comes in first, with the safest drivers, when you factor population density in with collision frequency. 

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Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, operators try to drive while also attempting to text message, answer phone calls or use in-car technology like GPS. Afterward, participants received “traffic citations” that highlight real infractions they’ve committed.x the text

While I was in the driver's seat, a team member texted me, and as I tried to respond, my simulator crashed. It happened faster than I thought! I was sure I could at least respond but I as I tried to text back - I crashed.

That was the same scenario for most of the students who tested their driving skills that morning with the Reality Rides. all state reality rides

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After the simulator, I pledged to X the Txt  while creating a GIF. Those are always fun, right? You too can pledge not to text while driving on their Facebook page. As of Wednesday August 30 there were 1388 pledges. 

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x the text with Allstate I enjoyed chatting with students while they texted their friends who were testing their driving skills on the simulator. 

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Students pledge to XtheTxt at University at Buffalo with Allstate university at buffalo reality rides

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Allstate is traveling to 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada with its innovative Reality Rides simulator, in an effort to urge people to avoid distracted driving – a dangerous practice that safety experts say killed almost 3,500 people and injured nearly 400,000 in the U.S., in 2015. 

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Thanks to Allstate for inviting me to be part of this experience. Drive safe everyone, and have a happy Labor Day Weekend. 

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Allstate. The opinions and text are all mine.