Overall as a whole, our country has seen improvement in dangerous driving habits, yet the thing most of us do on a daily basis is still the single most deadly thing we’ll ever do. These statistics below are meant to inform you that you should always stay aware while driving, and most importantly drive safe.
Motor vehicle fatalities by age group According to the Centers for Disease Control, here are the top three 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).
We as humans are afraid of many things spiders, snakes, my 11 year old (just kidding). But with driving, we seemingly have no fear. We do it so often we don’t really think about the dangers, and often we even let our guard down--even when we shouldn’t.
Chances of being involved in an injury accident According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three motorists will be involved in an injury accident during their life. As a motorist you can expect to be involved in an accident once every 10 years. There is a 1 in 20 chance that the crash you have will involve a serious injury. Though these statistics are alarming and downright scary, many people still take driving safe for granted. You can be a great driver, but you can’t control what others do on the road. Stay ALERT!
What can you do to protect yourself?
With each year getting better and better statistically for accidents in the United States, we can be sure we are headed in the right direction to driving safe. Even the vehicles we drive are getting designed better to keep us safer with each passing year. Below are a few extra tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while driving.
Did you know taking a refresher course can help, and even safe you money on your car insurance?
Yes it’s true!
Some laws in the U.S. require Insurance companies to give you a discount if you take a “refresher” course in Driver Education. Sure, you might think it makes no sense because you “already know it all”, but you’d be surprised to learn what new skills are out there for drivers as well as remembering things you probably forgot when you were 16. Plus, who wouldn’t want to save money on their car insurance?
Always have a safe driving mentality.
We’ve all seen the drivers who speed WAY over the limit that is posted, or people who don’t stop for stop signs or even red lights. Those are the folks that you need to worry about when you are on the road.
Always take a safe approach while driving. Eliminate any and all distractions while you drive. This includes talking to your passengers, turning off your cell phone, not trying to change the channel on your radio and so much more.
You must always be on the defense when driving. Never be over aggressive, and never let yourself get a hot head while driving. Tail-gating someone is not a great idea. Don’t do it. Horns are for making other drivers aware of their mistakes. Such as somehow drifting in your lane, or not paying attention. They are not used for aggression against someone who happens to be driving slowly in front of you.
The last and probably the biggest thing on this list is to not drink and drive. This is by far the worst thing someone can do while they drive, and sadly, it is one of the most common reasons why people are involved in accidents in America today. Just don’t do it.
We hope that these reminders serve as YOUR refresher course in maintaining some safe driving habits.