Are cars or bicycles a more dangerous way to travel?

I’m an avid cycling enthusiast. Recently, I was debating with my friend about whether cycling or driving a car is more dangerous. Which one is the more dangerous way to travel?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
While cycling is a great way to get some exercise and lower your carbon footprint, it’s actually about twice as dangerous as driving a car, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control.
This is due to less safety when riding a bike, as well as drivers failing to pay attention to cyclists on the roadway. However, an
study demonstrated that you have a 1 in 366 chance of getting in a car accident every 1,000 miles you drive in your car.
Whichever method of transportation you choose, the best way to limit danger, injury, or death is to practice safe driving and riding habits.
How to stay safe as a cyclist:
  • Be aware of where motorists are at all times.
  • Ride in marked bicycle lanes whenever possible.
  • Follow the same rules of the road that you would if you were driving a car.
  • Use hand signals for turns and stops.
  • Wear proper safety equipment.
How to stay safe as a driver:
  • Limit distractions
  • Obey traffic signs and posted speed limits
  • Wear a seat belt.
  • Drive defensively.
While you don’t need insurance to hop on a bicycle, you need it to get behind the wheel of a car. That’s where the
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