Global pandemics are nothing to laugh about, but it pays to keep things in perspective. Be safe but always remember these top five travel hazards that actually kill more people than a scary pandemic like COVID-19 (at least, so far).
These RV Travel Hazards Are Always Present
Don’t let your fears keep you from RV life. Image: Dino Reichmuth, Unsplash.com
Infectious disease is a fact of life on Planet Earth. From the earliest recorded pandemic in 165 AD to the Coronavirus of 2019/2020, catastrophic infectious disease has taken millions of lives. But before you panic about the current pandemic, stop and look at the big picture. Life has many more circumstances responsible for killing far more people than any virus ever has. These RV travel hazards are just a few.
Image: iRV2 Member KrankyKoot
In the U.S., 37,461 people were killed in 34,436 motor vehicle crashes that happened in 2016. That’s an average of 102 per day according to the National Transportation and Safety Board. Worldwide, nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes everyÂ year, on average 3,287 deaths a day, according to the World Health Organization.
Most fires happen in the RV engine compartment or refrigerator. Image: iRV2 Member Mr. Belvedere
About 4,000 RV fires happen each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The number two cause of a fire is the RV refrigerator. The number one? RV engine fires.
National park hazards.
Many people die in National Parks too. Image: irV2 Member 5DCanonman.
Each week, about 6 people die in America’s national parks. We’re talking about 312 deaths a year, or just under one death per million visitorsÂ according to park service chief spokesman Jeremy Barnum in an article on CNN.com. How they die ranges from getting lost in the wilderness to car accidents to heart attacks, but fatal wild animal conflicts rarely happen.
René M. Agredano