There is no question that road trips can be fun. The temptation to drive your own vehicle for a big move might seem irresistible, especially if you have the time and money to do it at a leisurely pace.
However, there is another thing to think about when it comes to transporting your belongings, or just your vehicle, over some US highways, and that is safety. With a 24% increase in roadway deaths during 2020, even while there were fewer miles driven, the United States is no longer one of the top 25 places in the world to drive. It’s not the worst, but we can do better.
Top 5 Deadliest Highways in America
1. Interstate 4
The most dangerous highway is Interstate 4, which runs for 132 miles between Tampa, FL and Daytona Beach, FL.
What makes this area so dangerous?
A combination of geography, attractions, and population. The most dangerous part of this particular highway moves through Orlando, which has had a population boom and is also the location of tourist attractions including Disney and Universal. Tampa has football. Daytona has beaches.
All of this means congestion and a higher risk when driving, leading to 1.134 deaths per mile.
If your move involves driving on one of the most dangerous highways in the United States, perhaps you would be better off shipping your vehicle with a company like ShipLux.
2. Interstate 145
Next, we have Interstate 145, which runs North and South from Dallas, TX to Galveston, TX for 285 miles—the most dangerous area being near Houston. Things like traffic, congestion, texting while driving, drunk driving, and excessive speed have caused this area to be responsible for 0.92 deaths per mile.
3. US 192
In third position, we return to Florida. Running for 75 miles between Four Corners, FL and Indialantic, FL, US 192 has had 0.867 deaths per mile. This area also deals with the Disney tourists, and the most dangerous area is Kissimmee, FL which has easy access to all the parks.
4. Interstate 17
Moving over to Arizona, Interstate 17, running 146 miles between Phoenix and Flagstaff, has had 0.707 deaths per mile, with the most dangerous area being near Phoenix.
According to an article on azfamily.com, “Most crashes happened in January, the deadliest day of the month is the 5th and the deadliest day of the week is Friday. Most of these crashes happened between 2 and 3 p.m.” The root cause, according to one contractor who drives it daily, is people are always in a hurry.
5. Interstate 95
Florida seems to have lots of dangerous roads, as it also lands in fifth place with Interstate 95 which runs up the east coast between Miami, FL and Weston, MA. The most dangerous area is near Jacksonville, FL. With .637 deaths per mile, this Interstate has also been named the 2nd most dangers for truckers. Truckers have more experience in dangerous driving conditions, so if this is a risk for them, perhaps it might be a risk for you?
What Can You Do?
If you really want to drive your own vehicle, you could try to avoid the dangerous routes, but many of them are also the fastest ways between two points. You need to have the time to drive on slower roads. The five we listed here are not the only ones, there are many other roads that carry risks on them, found all over the country.
Included in this list is the I-10 between Santa Monica, CA and Jacksonville, FL. True, of the top 25 most deadly highways, the highest risks do tend to gather at certain points as can be seen by this graphic.
The point is, there are always risks when transporting vehicles or belonging across the country. If you are stressed about the move, or unfamiliar with the area, the risks can get higher.
When You Don’t Have To Drive, Ship With ShipLux
It’s good to know, then, that there are experienced, professional companies and drivers who will help you with all your transport needs. While accidents can happen to truckers, the majority of these deadly incidents did not involve truckers, but other personal vehicles.
Why take the chance when you can save time, stress, and sometimes money by shipping with a reliable car transport company, like ShipLux?
Reach out and talk to the professionals before you make any decisions. Do a quick search for companies that offer same day shipping, ask for a transparent price quote, and talk to them about any questions and concerns. Discuss the route, and locations, and what the risks might be.
The best companies will work with you and answer all of your questions so that you can make a safe and comfortable choice for you, your family, and your vehicle.