Why Buses Are Much Safer Than Cars – Edmonton Bus Rentals

Why Buses Are Much Safer Than Cars – Edmonton Bus Rentals

When it comes to choosing Edmonton bus rentals over driving yourself there are many factors to consider:

The convenience of our fleet of buses‘ is one factor; we will always be exactly where you need us to be, when you need us to be there. Then there is the luxury factor; We have onboard bathrooms, great sound systems, and televisions. And of course, you can relax in one of our buses while you are carefully taken to where you have to go. There isn’t the stress involved in driving yourself, your family or your friends. And you can all go in one bus, rather than splitting up into multiple cars.

But we feel one of the most important factors of all is how much safer riding with Alberta North Transport is than driving yourself or getting into a car with a driver.

Buses Are The Safest Means Of Transportation

Most people are not aware of just how dangerous being in a car is versus riding commercial buses. So, today we want to talk about the differences, and statistics behind them “ because we care about your life and the lives of your loved ones.

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Between 2000 and 2009, there were’ 26,678 traffic fatalities‘ caused by people driving. During that same time period slightly under 5,000 people were killed because they were on bicycles. Guess how many people died while on a bus? Thirty-nine. Seriously.

Think about that for a minute. Thousands of people died just riding a bike. Tens-of-thousands died in cars. Yet, over a nine-year period, fewer than 40 people died while they were on a bus. That figure alone is staggering.

Another study looked at cars, trains, and buses‘ in the long term. They found that taking a train was roughly 30 times safer than driving yourself. But the real shocking number is that taking a bus is 60 times safer than getting behind the wheel of your car. That’s a tremendous safety increase, no matter how you want to think about it.

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Just imagine if there was one restaurant where you were 60 times more likely to get food poisoning than at a restaurant across the street. Which restaurant would you choose? The answer is obvious.

But you may be asking yourself “ If cars are really that much more dangerous than buses, why don’t I hear more about this fact? That’s a great point “ and the answer may surprise you. Car accidents are simply so common they get no or low media coverage. Bus crashes, on the other hand, are so incredibly rare that they get massive coverage.

Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute explains a bit more: Various factors contribute to this excessive fear, including the nature of transit travel, heavy media coverage of transit-related crashes and crimes, and conventional traffic safety messages that emphasize danger rather than safety.

In fact, the greatest danger to people taking the bus is being hit by a car while walking, or while waiting for it. But, as many experts explain, car drivers experience the exact same danger when walking to their cars or waiting for someone to pick them up. Therefore, there is no increased danger in going to a bus “ and you’ll be a lot safer once you are on it.

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So, where does the safety difference come in? In general, there are a lot of factors that make driving yourself much more dangerous. In your car or light truck, you are very low “ comparatively “ to the road. And you are not in a particularly protective environment.

If you get hit, or hit something, your likelihood of getting hurt or killed is extremely high. Even a minor fender bender will most likely cause your airbags to burst, which can break your nose, cause lacerations or damage your eyesight.

When you are riding a bus, you are in a heavy vehicle with lots of protection. Minor accidents are very, very unlikely to hurt you. Furthermore, these accidents very rarely happen. Bus drivers are highly trained professionals in a heavily controlled industry. They only work when they are wide-awake, aware and on point.

Personal drivers, on the other hand, have a lot less training. And they may drive in less than ideal situations. This makes them much more prone to driver error that can lead to an accident. Which may be why, when it comes to traffic fatalities, more than 55{2d0d2670d8eb051951a9f6569e388f262d8fb10be309e7e11fef0e68dd15044d} involved one vehicle where the driver had no history of accidents. In other words, they may have just been having a bad day and hit something. Nobody else was at fault, and there would have been no way at all to predict they would ever be in an accident.

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Another factor to consider when planning transportation is whether you may be put in a situation where you will be impaired by drugs or alcohol. Despite penalties as high as losing your license for three years, or even jail time, many people still drive while impaired. That’s not surprising, since two beers can put an average person over the legal limit.

A bus driver is never going to be impaired. It’s their job to be safe and sober, and they are tested regularly. This takes one more risk factor out of the equation.


Edmonton Bus Rentals “ The Safer Alternative To Driving

Now you know that riding in a bus is much safer than driving or riding in a car. When you drive, you put your life in your hands. When you rent a bus in Edmonton with Alberta North Transport you get to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride “ without worrying about whether or not you’ll reach your destination safely.

So why not contact us‘ to get more information on how we can help you get where you want to be, on time and as safe as possible?

We are the safer alternative. And we value the safety of you, your friends, your family and your loved ones.

Let us get you there.

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