Every time you get into a car, you run the risk of getting into an accident. It doesn't matter if you are the most careful driver in the world, unforeseen circumstances and others' mistakes can occur anytime and wind up costing you and your family dearly. In an effort to assess those risks more accurately, the American Automotive Association (AAA) launched a comprehensive survey of driving habits in 2013. With a special focus on teens and senior drivers, the goal of the survey is to gather information that, when combined with crash data, will contribute to making our roads safer for everyone.
The results of the first year of the American Driving Survey have just been released as researchers continue to gather data for 2014-2015.
2014 Survey Results
- On average, drivers (ages 16+) drove 10,658 miles in 2014, roughly 30 miles a day.
- Although women took more driving trips, men spent 25% more time behind the wheel
- Men drove 35% more miles than women.
- Teenagers and seniors (75+ years old) drove less often than any other age group.
- Adults 30-49 years old drove more than any other age group, averaging 13,140 miles annually.
- The average distance and time spent driving increases in relation to level of education.
- Drivers with a grade school education or some high school education drove an average of 32 minutes a day while college graduates spent 58 minutes driving each day.
- Drivers who reported living “in the country” or “a small town” drove greater distances (12,264 miles annually) and spent more time driving than people who described living in a “medium sized town” or city (9,709 miles annually).
- Southern drivers drove the most (11,826 miles annually), while those in the Northeast drove the least (8,468 miles annually).
Hopefully, long-term data from this survey along with annual crash statistics will help law enforcement and lawmakers target the riskiest demographics and most dangerous roadways to effectively decrease your risk of being injured or killed in an accident when you get behind the wheel.