Driving on the interstate is often a bit intimidating for young drivers, mostly due to the speed. They’re more comfortable on the smaller, slower roads near home.
When you really look into it, though, you’ll find that the interstate is a strange mix of both risk and safety. Let’s take a moment to break down what this type of driving looks like and what you should consider whenever you get in the car.
The risk: Greater speeds
The risk comes simply from those greater speeds, so nervous young drivers aren’t entirely wrong. Research shows that higher speeds in an accident can lead to more severe injuries. They can also increase the odds that someone will pass away in an accident. If you do crash at 70 miles per hour, it may be far more catastrophic than that 25-MPH crash in town.
The safety: Controlled traffic
Due to the traffic controls in place, though, the interstate is often viewed as safer — that is to say, it’s much less likely that you will crash. Cars are all traveling in the same direction, roads are wide, and you know when other drivers are getting on and off of the interstate itself. All told, your odds of a crash are far lower, though the results can be worse if that accident does happen.
What if you get injured in a car wreck?
If you have been injured in a serious car accident on the interstate or elsewhere, be sure you know how to seek financial compensation from the driver who caused it. This can help cover medical bills and many other costs.