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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.