Slow Down, Add to Your Life Expectancy

We hear it all the time: Speeding is bad. Now a Canadian study has found a graphic way of phrasing it. According to the study, each hour a North American driver spends behind the wheel lowers his or her life expectancy by 20 minutes due to the risk of a fatal car crash.

The study, supported by several health organizations including the Canadian Institute of Health Research, found that by slowing down just 2 mph, the average driver can increase his life expectancy by three hours per year of driving.

Therefore, if you normally drive 80 mph on the highway, slowing down to 65 or even 70 mph could extend your life by lowering your chance of a fatal crash.

If everyone slowed down by 2 mph, there would be 3 million fewer crashes involving property damage, 1 million fewer injuries and 9,000 fewer fatalities in the U.S., according to lead researcher Dr. Donald Redelmeier of the University of Toronto.

The Canucks are particularly harsh on the U.S.’s safety culture, claiming the U.S. lags woefully behind many other industrialized countries (certainly not India) when it comes to government safety measures that have been proven to reduce fatalities such as red light cameras and photo radar.

Drive Less, Live Longer (AOL Autos)

By Stephen Markley | June 23, 2010 | Comments (3)
Tags: Safety


Anonymous Coward

I was appalled by the low quality of the user comments over on AOL. Can no one compose a sentence anymore?


Unnecessary distractions while driving, like talking on the cell phone also pose a huge risk to drivers. It makes sense to take these small practical steps for our own and others’ driving safety.


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