Which is more dangerous: an exploding car, a car wreck?
$100 to $200.
That’s the price of the cheapest plane ticket on the market, which could leave a stranded traveler stranded in a foreign country for months, or make a deadly accident.
But a study released by researchers at the University of Chicago has found that a person who travels to the US for work or to study abroad is about twice as likely to die in a car crash than a passenger traveling on a ticket purchased for a business trip, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The study is the first to link the two risk factors, and researchers hope to eventually develop a national policy to mitigate the risks of driving while intoxicated, the paper says.
Researchers compared how frequently passengers who bought flights for work in the United States had their flights canceled, compared with those who bought tickets on the cheap, and compared the likelihood of an airline crash to that of a passenger flying from an unfamiliar country to a foreign destination.
The findings suggest that travelers should pay attention to their travel plans and make sure that they don’t have a ticket for a trip that doesn’t include a flight, the researchers wrote in the journal Transportation Research Part D.
“Traveling without a ticket increases the risk of death and injury,” lead researcher Dr. Scott E. Johnson told the Journal.
Dr. Johnson said that the findings suggest more needs to be done to increase awareness and understanding of how to prepare for and avoid driving while impaired.””
For example, a traveler who plans to take a vacation to Thailand with their family may consider not booking a flight if they don´t have a vacation or an emergency.”
Dr. Johnson said that the findings suggest more needs to be done to increase awareness and understanding of how to prepare for and avoid driving while impaired.
“Our findings show that the most likely outcome is an accident involving a passenger vehicle, rather than an airplane or a train,” he said.
“We hope this study will help provide important data for policymakers to consider when designing policies and programs to reduce the risk posed by impaired driving.”