Are You Afraid of Flying? Check Out These Statistics
As details of the place crash that occurred over the weekend continue to emerge, I have heard a few conversations about it, including a detailed conversation between two people at the YMCA that I heard while waiting for my daughter to finish swim lessons.
The conversation was about going to Hawaii and one person said he would never go because he is afraid to fly. The woman was arguing that it is much safer to fly then to drive. (although he could only get there by boat if he isn't going to fly). He said he doesn't have control of the situation in a plane, but in a car he does.
That point is certainly arguable as well, but here are some statistics that you can read and perhaps if you ARE afraid of flying, it will change your mind.
Your chances of being killed in a plane crash are about 1 in 11 million, but in a car its 1 in 5000.
There is an average of 1.27 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles when you factor in every accident.
The average fatality rate for flying is almost zero per 100 million flying miles.
The odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident are 1 in 98 for a lifetime. For flying, the odds are 1 in 7,178 for a lifetime. Of course this probably changes if you fly the plane yourself.