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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 23 2013: Driving a car appears dangerous because a lot people engage in the activity and it is well publicized. But a large societal risk does not mean that something is individually more dangerous than something else.

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