These driving statistics aren’t meant to scare you. But most of us tend to get very complacent about our driving and we forget just how dangerous driving can be. I know that I’ve become very comfortable over the years driving. With so many people partaking in different forms of distracted driving, drunk driving, and other forms of dangerous driving behavior, I think we all need a wake up call every now and then.
Revisiting the dangers of driving
While fatal driving statistics have continued to improve over the decades, driving our cars remains the single most dangerous activity we perform during the day. Since most people have been in a motor vehicle nearly every day of their life, driving or even riding as a passenger becomes incredibly routine to us. It’s almost silly that so many people are scared to fly, even though driving remains the number one cause of death in most age groups.
Motor vehicle fatalities by age group
According to the Centers for Disease Control, here are the top 3 causes of death by age group (yeah, depressing stuff I know!). Check out what consistently ranks at the top. Yup, motor vehicle accidents (shown as Unintentional MV Traffic in blue).
Note that there is nothing about plane crashes, snakes, spiders, or even werewolves. So many people are afraid of so many things, but when it comes to driving, no problem! The repetition of driving relaxes us and we are all guilty of letting our guard down.
Chances of being involved in an injury accident
Get ready, because this is some scary stuff. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three motorists will be involved in an injury accident during their life! Whether you are the one who becomes injured or not is another story, but that’s some eye opening stuff. Two out of three? Geeze!
To add insult to injury (pun sort of intended), as a motorist you can expect to be involved in an accident once every 10 years. Even if you’re the best driver in the world, you can’t control other peoples driving. So once every decade or so, expect to be involved in a traffic crash. How long has it been for you? Oh, and I almost forgot… There is a 1 in 20 chance that the crash you have will involve a serious injury. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
What can be done?
Well, the news isn’t all bad. Driving statistics from last year show that driving has never been safer. Every year, our roadways improve, our vehicles are better designed, and many people are beginning to drive less as well. But there are still some basic things you should consider doing to keep up on the latest safe driving techniques. Who says learning how to drive stops at the age of 16?
Take a refresher course and save money on your car insurance too!
I know, I know, sitting through a driving course sounds like an awful idea. But what if I told you that you could do it online from the comfort of your own home – at your own pace? And what if I also told you that your insurance company might be required by law to give you a discount for completing a simple course right from your computer? Besides, it will make you a safer driver anyway. When is the last time you brushed up on your driving skills? If you’re interested, I highly recommend using this refresher course. Don’t forget to send your certificate to your car insurance company!
Have a safe driver mentality
Do you ever notice how some people tend to drive over the speed limit, roll through stop signs, follow too closely, or partake in driving distractions? Ever notice how you do it too? Ohhhh come on! You know you do!
The difference between motorists who never have an accident and drivers who contribute to the average driving statistics is mentality. Safe drivers just drive! Ignore your phone, concentrate on your own driving instead of the slowpoke ahead of you or the tailgater behind you and do whatever it takes to be as safe as possible. Mind you, taking aggression out on other drivers can be very fulfilling, but you are increasing your chance of an accident. As auto makers do their part by making our cars and trucks safer, you need to do your part. That all starts with the right mindset. So, are you a safe driver or an average driver? Do you really want to take your chances with those driving statistics?
Please, be safe, drive safely, and don’t become yet another driving statistic.
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