Just noticed this tidbit in the current issue of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
"An additional 1,500 Americans died in highway crashes [the year after 9/11], according to an analysis of traffic data in [i:7a67b11181]Risk Analysis[/i:7a67b11181]. Many Americans concluded that flying was too risky, and thus driving increased by 3%, compared to the normal 1% annual increase. Flying on a major airline is much safer than driving. There were only 22 crash-related deaths on major U.S. commercial airlines in 2005, and 13 deaths in 2004 (not including small and/or private planes, which are not as safe)."
So nearly as many people died through irrational preference of driving in the single year after 9/11 as died in the 9/11 tragedy itself. This is very sobering news.
That said, I know that sometimes I do prefer to drive, take trains or buses rather than fly, knowing they are more dangerous, simply because the additional security procedures, long lines and sardine-like plane interiors are very troublesome and unpleasant. (Trains at any rate are pretty safe).
So it isn’t [i:7a67b11181]totally[/i:7a67b11181] clear that the Americans chose to drive because they considered flying "too risky" ... some certainly chose driving becaues flying was too unpleasant for other reasons. But I think the thrust of their conclusion is likely accurate. People [i:7a67b11181]do[/i:7a67b11181] overrate the riskiness of flying.
Food for thought!