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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: I believe it's easier to die in a car accident than alot of other things besides stairs....

    Why don't we have bumper cars on the road, I always wondered that. The padding is much more effective and useful on the street than it is on a race track, but that's just my silly logic.
    • Jun 23 2013: Hi Uniqea, It is easier overall because of the total amount, yes. But while the activity is being done, mile for mile, or hour for hour, the risk is less.
    • Jun 23 2013: Hi Uniqea, Your padding idea is not silly logic. It is a good idea. A more compliant, crash friendly environment on the road has made a lot of difference and could do more.

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