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Driving a car is one of the safer things you can do.

The purpose is to challenge the perception that road accident risk is a high risk. It isn't. The talk "If cars could talk..." begins with the statement that driving is dangerous. The theme in this talk is common throughout popular media.

We are saturated with messages about how dangerous it is to drive. This is not true. The facts say otherwise. Hence my example that the fatality risk of using stairs is 100 times greater.

Rate of deaths from stairs = 56 fatalities per 100 million miles.
Rate of deaths driving a car = 0.56 fatalities per 100 million miles.

As the proposed title says "driving a car is of the safer things you can do" which runs totally counter to the common mis-perception.

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    Jun 21 2013: The National Safety Council reveals almost 12,000 thousand deaths each year occurs at homes due to stair accident falls. Among unintended injuries stair fall is second after automobile crashes. If you are constructing a convincing argument regarding the relative safety of automobile travel you should compare it to underwater cave diving, or playing Russian Roulette. Do you have statistics for everyday activities that are more dangerous than travelling in an automobile?
    • Jun 21 2013: Hi Edward, Thank you for the comment. In total automobile accidents is higher than stair falls as you say. So for total society risk automobiles are greater.

      But for individual risk on an incremental basis, stairs are more dangerous than driving a car. The individual risk when using stairs is greater per mile of travel (about 100 x) or per hour of use (about 10 x).
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        Jun 22 2013: Since you seem to like statistics and you have a desire to dispell the perception that car travel is dangerous I must ask again, do you have statistics for everyday activities that are more dangerous than travelling in an automobile?
      • Jun 23 2013: It doesn't matter John, the fact is that people travel incomparably much more miles by car than by stairs. You are building a fallacious argument for the safety of cars by looking for an artificial way to make it sound as if they're safer than other familiar things. The probability of dying in a car accident are much higher than those of dying using the stairs.
        • Jun 23 2013: Hi "Entropy Driven". Fair enough. But probability according to what measure?

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