Cheap Gas Leads To Dramatic Increase In Highway Deaths


Officials at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration warned nearly two years ago that a prolonged period of lower gas prices would likely lead to a significant rise in injury and death on the nation’s roadways. Unfortunately, their predictions have come true.

According to the National Safety Council, 2015 saw the largest increase in motor vehicle deaths in half a century. Experts say the reasons are not that complex. Cheaper gas prices make driving more attractive than other modes of transportation. The more people on the road, the more accidents you can expect, even if the accident rate remains the same. In addition, because the cheaper gas prices have more of an appeal to younger drivers, who typically have less discretionary income and don’t have to drive for work or other necessities, they are the ones who typically see the highest increases in accidents and fatalities..

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