We know that things are different in the country. The lifestyle
is different and the surroundings are different. And if you live on
or near a rural road, it's vital to talk to your kids about rural
roadway safety. As teenagers get their licenses, educating them on
safety should be a parent's top priority.
Why is it important?
Rural roads are more dangerous than urban roads because
of road conditions and surfaces, attitudes toward driving,
more speeding and less seat belt usage.
The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled is 2.5
times higher in rural areas than in urbanareas. Why? Further from
medical services, more rollovers and collisions with larger
40% of occupants killed in rural motor vehicle crashes involved
a rollover as opposed to 26% in urban areas. This is due to hills,
gravel surfaces and speed.
Rural drivers represent 71% of drivers who died en route to the
hospital compared to 29% for urban drivers. This is mainly due to
the fact that medical care is farther away.
The response by EMS is longer in rural than in the urban areas -
19 minutes to a rural crash versus 7 minutes to an urban crash
because it takes longer to get to the site.
Teens are at an increased risk:
They are inexperienced and underestimate dangerous
They are more likely to speed
Teens allow shorter headway between cars.
Teenagers have the lowest seat belt use.
For more information on rural roadway safety, keep reading at Farm Safety for Just
Farm Safety For Just Kids is devoted to the safety and
health of rural youth by preventing injuries and
fatalities. For over 25 years the organization,
chapters across the country, and outreach coordinators have
provided farm safety education to youth and their families. For
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