But the truth is, according to statistics from the United States government, flying on a plane on average is overwhelmingly safer than driving a car.
The odds of dying in air and space transport incidents, which include private flights and air taxis, are 1 in 9,821.20 Jul 2017
Is driving more dangerous than flying?
In absolute numbers, driving is more dangerous, with more than 5 million accidents compared to 20 accidents in flying. A more direct comparison per 100 million miles pits driving’s 1.27 fatalities and 80 injuries against flying’s lack of deaths and almost no injuries, which again shows air travel to be safer.
Is flying the safest way to travel?
Since you only have a 1 in 9,821 chance of dying from an air and space transport incident, flying is actually one of the safest forms of transportation. The DOT and the National Transportation Safety Board only have preliminary statistics for 2015, but for 2014, they reported 444 aviation-related deaths.12 Aug 2017
Is it better to fly or drive?
Flying is faster than driving when you need to travel a long distance. If you need to make a connecting flight, flying is usually quicker for trips with an 8+ hour drive. If you’re a solo traveler or have the Southwest Companion Pass, it might be cheaper to fly even for short-haul flights that require a rental car.6 Sep 2018