There are always people that talk about travel not being safe especially when there is a big news event such as a plane or train crash.
When you are going on a trip how often does someone tell you to be safe? Do they ever tell you that on a regular day at home? They should because it is just as dangerous to be at home as it is to travel.
Look at all the bad things that can happen when you are at home.
You could get in a car accident. Statistically most accidents happen within a mile of your home. How many people are injured or killed from car accidents a year? The answer is a lot more than when they are traveling.
Say that driving is not your thing. You could walk. With all the drivers out there talking and texting on their phones do you really want to be a pedestrian? I do not know about you but I would rather be inside a car during an accident then walking around with no protection around me.
What about taking a bus? That surely must be safe. They are big and solid so they will definitely protect you if you get in an accident right. Sorry. You still have to walk to get to the bus so again it is not safe. Most buses also do not have seat belts so if the bus gets in an accident you have nothing holding you down.
The subway or metro must be the answer to safety. Wrong again. How many times have you heard of people getting mugged or robbed on subway? Depending on the city it could be a lot.
What about safety at work? People get injured at work all the time and instances of workplace violence are increasing.
So the answer to staying safe must be to stay at home. That has to be correct.
I used to think this until two years ago when a car ran into my house. Yes you heard that correct.
A car ran into my house.
Well it did not actually run into the house it ran into my concrete block backyard wall at 70mph and the wall exploded breaking all my windows and putting some very large holes in the outside of my house.
The series of events that led up to the car in my backyard are really unbelievable.
It occurred at 6:30AM on a Monday morning.
The driver was driving a stolen car.
He also had a suspended drivers license.
He was also drunk. Yes he was drunk at 6:30 Monday morning. Is that something you expect on your morning commute?
The worst part of this was that he had just hit a man that was walking across the street about a quarter mile from my house.
The man was killed from the collision.
Instead of stopping he drove 70mph down my street to get away, lost control of the car and crashed into my wall.
Luckily I had just gotten out of the shower and was still upstairs. The house shook like that there was an explosion when all the windows blew out. I quickly got dressed and ran downstairs but only made it halfway down because the floor was covered with glass and I did not have any shoes on.
When I did get downstairs I found that every part of my floor was covered in glass and concrete blocks. In the middle of my table where I would have been eating breakfast was a pile of jagged glass.
I was very lucky that I was still upstairs otherwise I could have been seriously injured or worse.
It has been two years since the accident and I still cringe every time I hear a car go down the road really fast or if there is a loud noise outside.
Travel might have its risks but I would still rather be traveling and have something bad happen than sitting on my couch watching TV when it did.