We’ll all be in a hurry to get down I-20 at some point. Whether we were late for dinner, a meeting with a friend, or a work meeting, we probably all found ourselves in a similar scenario. However, “being late” leads to a chain reaction – higher speeds, switching off other drivers, poor reaction times. All of these things can make our roads less safe.
Popular Mechanics took this information and ran with it – and identified the 25 most dangerous highways across the country. I knew this list would be made somewhere in Texas (I’ve lived here all my life and I know how we drive). I didn’t expect Texas to make it three times, with one of those cases ranking # 1.
The World Health Organization classifies the USA as much more dangerous than most northern European countries, with 11 road deaths per 100,000 inhabitants per year. It’s hard to look at some of these numbers.
Come to # 15: US Route 175 through Dallas. The route has an average of 0.7 deaths per mile, but nearly half of those happen each year on the Dallas route.
Come to # 5: US-83. Although this highway extends south from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and passes through Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, the stretch in Texas is the most worrying. This freeway has one death on average every two weeks, only here in the Lone Star State.
And then round off the national list # 1: I-45 through Houston. Now we’re talking about my hometown, and that makes sense. I-45 causes an average of 56.5 fatal accidents per 100 miles of roadway. In Houston, however, drivers are blamed for blatantly ignoring traffic rules: texting while driving, drunk driving, and excessive speed.
Although you are a safe driver, you should know that you can only control yourself. Remember to drive defensively and safely by keeping your eyes on the road, watching out for other drivers, and always wearing your seat belt.