92% of statistics are wrong... if you believe them at face value. Its bad enough that people love quoting statistics with no justification (there is none for the 92% - I made it up) but it really bugs me when the statistics state the obvious but mislead.
A recent article in our Courier Mail restated the oft quoted "Your more likely to have a car accident close to home" and got me onto my soap box...
Lets think about this claim. Its self evidently true (for reasons I'll explain) and a "Progressive Insurance study" which I've not been able to find the original for is usually quoted as the justification.
Lets apply some common sense...
OK, now without getting into any nasty hard statistics think about those journeys and how much of the time the average car spends one kilometer from home, two kilometers from home... Every trip involves driving that first kilometer twice, most trips drive the second kilometer away twice, rather fewer hit the third kilometer and so on. Common sense tells us that our cars spend most of their time on the road less than a kilometer from home because pretty much every trip we take drives over that kilometer.
Why is this important?
If we take "Most accidents occur close to home" as meaning "we need to be more careful particularly near home" we would be making a mistake. Most accidents occur close to home because that is where the car spends most of its time. I'm pretty sure that being more careful will help avoid accidents whereever you take care and I'm pretty sure without doing any research that being more careful near junctions, schools and on bends will help you a lot more than being more careful in that last mile near home.
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