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Rural Driving

  • With wide open spaces and lighter traffic, one might think that driving in rural areas would be easy.
  • The fact is, driving in rural areas is more dangerous than many people believe.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently analyzed data from fatal crashes. Using data from 2010 crashes,
    • NHTSA found that of the 32,885 fatalities on U.S. roads in 2010, a total of 18,026 fatalities (or 55%) took place on rural roads.
    • In addition, the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled was 2.5 times higher in rural areas than in urban areas.
    • The rates are 1.83 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled in rural areas and 0.73 (or less than 1 fatality) per 100 million miles traveled in urban areas.

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