- 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.