Apr 17

Do You Drive More Than the Average Driver?

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photo of car accidentAs a personal injury attorney, I know there are a lot of bad drivers on the road causing car accidents. Each minute on the road makes you a target for a car accident. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released a survey detailing how often Americans are targets of car accidents.

Some of the results of the study include:

1. Motorists age 16 years and older drive an average of 29.2 miles per day or 10,658 miles per year.

2. Women may take more driving trips, but men spend 25 percent more time behind the wheel and drive 35 percent more miles than women.

3. Teenagers and seniors over the age of 75 drive less than any other age group while motorists age 30-49 more than any other age group (an average 13,140 miles annually).

4. There is a correlation between education and driving. A driver with a grade school or some high school education drove an average of 19.9 miles and 32 minutes daily, while a college graduate drove an average of 37.2 miles and 58 minutes.

5. Floridian drivers and other southern state drivers drive the most with northeastern drivers drive the least.

6. On average, Americans drive fewer miles on the weekend than on weekdays.

So, if the average speed (including the zero mph at the traffic lights) is 30 miles an hour, you are a target for a car accident about 1 hour a day. If you are like me and have an average speed of around 20 mph because of all the traffic lights, you are a target for a car accident for approximately 90 minutes a day.

So, drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.


Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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