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Why are rural roads more dangerous?

When you look at the sheer traffic volume, it feels like the city should be far more dangerous than rural roads. You have massively more traffic, on smaller streets, and you have a lot of pedestrians, cyclists and joggers to contend with. Why, then, do the statistics show that a majority of the fatal car accidents in the United States happen in rural areas?

Do not 'brake check' another driver

Do you know how "brake checking works?" It's fairly simple. When one driver starts tailgating another, the driver in front decides to aggressively hit their brakes. This forces the tailgater to brake just as hard and possibly swerve to avoid a crash. People do it to "teach a lesson" to tailgaters.

Drivers often run 'unwarranted' stop signs

The government takes great care to make sure that their decisions regarding traffic controls are warranted. They understand that these controls, when used in places where they are not needed, can really inconvenience drivers. The goal is to make the road systems as simple and efficient as possible, while still keeping people safe. It can sometimes be hard to find a balance.

Remember that driving on medications can lead to accidents

If you have a cough or a cold, and you decide to take some over-the-counter medication for it, you probably won't think twice about driving. You barely even think of these medications as drugs. You're just trying to get through another day of feeling sick. You should be fine to drive, right?

You can't teach everyone to be a good driver

Some people just are not good drivers. When we think about the reasons, we often focus on ways to fix this. Maybe the person is young and inexperienced, for instance, and they'll get better with time. Maybe they are reckless, and they simply need to learn how to slow down and understand the real risks.

What should you expect your car crash to cost you?

There are as many as 2.35 million people who become disabled after becoming involved in car crashes every year according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. Another 37,000 individuals lose their lives in similar types of incidents. The costs associated with these annual crashes is $230.6 billion. This equates to $820 per individual. There are many costs associated with an individual becoming involved in a car crash that you may not be aware of.

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