That Calm, Peaceful Country Road – Which Is Statistically More Dangerous Than Downtown
All of us who drive have found ourselves navigating our way through large cities and enduring the stress that comes with heavy traffic, blaring horns and seeing numerous unexpected maneuvers from other motorists. We have also found ourselves at peace while behind the wheel as we wound our way down a quiet, traffic-free country road. Such an environment has allowed us to take a breath, to take in the landscape and to enjoy our trip. That's most likely because we do not sense the same level of danger here that we would in heavy urban traffic. As it turns out, our instincts are incorrect in assuming the level of danger for driving is lessened on a country road versus driving in a metropolitan area. According to the results of a recent study, driving in rural environments is more dangerous than driving in cities. While this is the opposite of what most people would guess or assume, the statistics were provided by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study was published in recent days in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, was a statistical comparison of all fatal injuries suffered in the United States and where they occur, but given that car accidents are and always have been one of the leading causes of fatal injuries along with gun violence it was one of the main categories that was analyzed. When looking specifically at fatal injuries that were caused by crashes, the risk of losing a life in this manner is twice as high in rural areas as compared to large cities. There are many reasons for this finding, including the facts that:
- Urban drivers tend to take shorter trips.
- People in cities can make use of public transportation.
- People tend to drive faster on rural roads with no traffic.