Fear of flying ? I’m sure we have all experienced that anxious tensing of muscles and tighter grip on the seat arm rests as your holiday plane accelerates down the runway on take off. But just how nervous should we be? Last year worldwide, only 475 people died in air crashes, while around 3 billion commercial flights were made. According to an American MIT statistician, 2012 was the safest year to fly since the start of the jet age. In fact, “flying has become so reliable that a passenger could fly every day for an average of 123,000 years before being in a fatal crash.” Discussing the report on Radio 4’s Today programme, David Spiegelhalter, Cambridge University’s Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, compared the risks of death associated with various modes of transport. For a one-in-a-million chance of being killed in an accident, he said you would need to travel: Commercial airline UK train Car Pedestrian Motorbike
- 7,500 miles - 7,500 miles - 300 miles - 25 miles 7 miles
A useful reminder of why SAM and the road craft skills it teaches are so important: you might say, “life-saving”. It makes you think!
David Wood The SAM Observer March 2013
The March 2013 edition of "The SAM Observer"