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Key stats about how much we use our cars

Car accident risk is something that increases with the more time you spend on the road. While there's something to be said for gaining experience and becoming a safer driver, you can't always count on other drivers. They make mistakes and cause accidents. The more time you spend behind the wheel, the more exposure you have to these dangerous drivers.

With that in mind, here are a few key statistics about how much people drive:

  • Generally, cars average about 15,000 miles every year. This is why you often see lease offers giving drivers 12,000 miles with an option to increase to 15,000.
  • If you live in an urban area, you probably take more daily drives than someone who lives in a rural area. However, those who live in rural areas actually cover more miles since their infrequent trips are so long.
  • When you average it all out, each trip that a person takes ends up being just less than 10 miles. Of course, there's a vast difference from one driver to the next. A trip to the store could mean 20 miles for someone in the country and a mile and a half for someone in the city.
  • Every day, people take an average of three trips in the car. It's not that much when you figure that many workers have two trips locked in -- the commute to work and again back home.
  • That said, work drives make up only 28% of the total miles. People put most of their miles on the car for things they choose to do, from a trip to the grocery store to a road trip across the country.

4 elements of negligence in a car accident

Another driver causes a car accident. You head to the hospital with serious injuries. While you know that driver didn't cause the accident on purpose, you still feel like it was 100% their fault.

Legally speaking, this could mean that the driver was negligent. They did not take specific action to cause you harm, but they made avoidable errors that led to the same end. They could legally be at fault due to this negligence.

Hungover driving is a risk no one talks about

People do spend a lot of time talking about the risks of drunk driving. Adults try to educate younger drivers. Police officers and driving instructors try to educate the population as a whole. Collectively, we know that drunk driving causes serious accidents.

What people do not talk about nearly as often is hungover driving. It can be just as dangerous.

How far is a fatal fall?

Have you ever wondered how far you can fall and survive? If you're into extreme hobbies like rock climbing or mountaineering, it has probably crossed your mind. The same may be true if you work on rooftops or climb ladders in the course of your employment. Falls are a constant threat.

According to medical experts, one key distance is 20 feet. When you fall that far, you're probably not going to walk it off. You're almost always going to need medical care at the emergency room.

Ways to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season

Illinois residents are no strangers to driving on winter roads. But every year you embark on the slippery, snow-covered roads, your vehicle probably faces wear and tear. If the wintry weather conditions weren’t enough to put you at risk, a vehicle that isn’t prepared for winter driving can be just as dangerous.

It’s in your hands as a vehicle owner to prepare your car for winter so that you can keep yourself and other drivers safe on icy roads. There are many things you can do to make this happen.

How to drive in the snow

Winter storms have already hammered much of the country this year, and we're not even to Christmas yet. As such, it's time to take a look at some safe driving practices in the snow. Knowing what to do can save your life and the lives of others.

First and foremost, just slow down. Driving too fast for conditions is a major reason for snow-related accidents. Forget the speed limit. Forget how you could drive safely on the dry summer roads. Slow down to give yourself more time to react and more control over your car.

More than 4 people die per hour in car accidents

There are a lot of ways to look at car accident statistics. Perhaps the most common is simply to look at annual deaths. The problem is that this can make it hard to comprehend what the risks really look like.

To begin with, there are often around 40,000 fatalities per year. The totals fell for many decades but saw a surge upward in recent years, perhaps due to more road traffic, distracted driving and other such factors.

Remember: Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest drinking night

Thanksgiving is coming, and with it comes football, family, turkey and a relaxing day as we move into the Christmas holiday season. However, it's important to remember that Thanksgiving Eve precedes it, and this is the single biggest drinking holiday in the United States.

That's surprising to many people, especially considering that holidays like New Year's Eve center around drinking, and Thanksgiving does not. But that's what the statistics show. It's often talked about as the biggest bar night of the year, and the odds of a drunk driving accident skyrocket.

Holiday travel advisories: Road hazards

Millions of people travel for the holidays. With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas following soon after, it’s an excellent time to remind drivers of the safety threats they may encounter.

The first notable danger drivers face is poor weather conditions. If you are staying within state lines, you might face snow, ice and freezing temperatures.

Dealing with driving anxiety after a crash

Young drivers often struggle with driving anxiety just because they lack experience and confidence behind the wheel.

For most of us, this fades with time. Driving tends to become a bit mundane and even boring. That's part of the reason that people get distracted while driving.

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