7 safest modes of transport

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Statistics is a harsh thing, and, as it shows, the level of safety when traveling by this or that transport is constantly changing. This is due to abrupt weather changes, constructive innovations, fluctuations in passenger traffic. Some transport for most people is less dangerous by default, some unknowingly scares. But which one is still the safest? This is what will be discussed.

7 safest modes of transport

Nomination a place Kind of transport rating
Ride in comfort or top 7 safest modes of transport 7 Motorcycle (moped) 4.4
6 Car 4.5
5 Ferry 4.6
4 Metro 4.7
4 Bus 4.8
3 Plane 4.9
1 Train 5.0

Motorcycle (moped)

Rating: 4.4


As the global statistics of recent years show, the trend has remained unchanged: two-wheeled high-speed transport still holds the sad palm among the most dangerous types of transport and occupies the last place in our rating. Although motorcycles make up, as a rule, no more than 1-2% of the total traffic on the road, this type of transport accounts for 1/5 of all road accidents.

Unfortunately, many motorcyclists forget that keeping a two-wheeler at a speed of more than 80 km / h during emergency braking is a task that is practically zero, so such bravado is absolutely inappropriate. Nevertheless, the fact remains: according to statistics, there are about 125 deaths per 1.5 billion of motorcycle rentals – motorcyclists die even more often than motorists (about 28 times).


Rating: 4.5


Many people mistakenly believe that air transport is much more dangerous than a four-wheeled one due to the frequency of plane crashes of both private and regular flights in recent years. At first glance, it may seem that this is really so: flying in an airplane, you cannot control the situation, and everything depends only on the pilot, the weather and luck. In fact, sitting in a car, you also cannot be one hundred percent sure of your safety: even the strictest observance of traffic rules will not help if some would-be driver suddenly 'flies out' into the oncoming lane or from the side.

A couple of million people die every year on the roads around the world. According to statistics, there are 4-5 deaths per 1.5 billion km. Nevertheless, in comparison with the past decades, there has been a positive trend: literally over the past 3-4 years, there have been much fewer accidents. This has nothing to do with the caution and professionalism of the drivers behind the wheel, unfortunately: it's all about more advanced technologies – automakers have begun to pay significant attention to improving automotive design and safety measures in a collision.


Rating: 4.6


The ferry, as one of the most common 'representatives' of water transport, cannot be called the safest, although the majority of deaths (according to statistics) occur not so much during its crash as after passengers get overboard. And this, unfortunately, is not uncommon: according to official world statistics, there are 20 human deaths per 1.5 billion km annually.

It is worth noting one important point regarding ferries: this is a design feature that increases the likelihood of a crash in bad weather. The fact is that ferries, unlike other ships, have huge, stretched decks, which significantly reduces the stability of the structure due to the effect of the 'free surface'. Even a small amount of water hitting the deck, coupled with a slight heel, can be enough to tip the boat.


Rating: 4.7


Accidents or terrorist attacks in the metro are extremely rare, but if a tragedy occurs (otherwise it cannot be called), it usually takes the lives of people in droves, as in the case of ferries, by the way. In case of technical problems with the train in the metro, there is no danger to the lives of passengers. As far as safe seats are concerned, as with the trains that will be discussed later, the most 'reliable' ones are those located in the center of the carriage.

Interesting fact: although there are stop cranes on every metro train, even in an emergency, passengers are not allowed to use them. The fact is that in the metro tunnel, even in the event of an emergency, stopping the train is very dangerous. These stop cranes are intended for drivers (they are used when carrying out operations on park paths).


Rating: 4.8


Standard public transport, which occupies an honorable third place in our ranking. And this is quite deserved, because according to statistics, there are only 0.5 human deaths per 1.5 billion km. But, unfortunately, even such a 'quiet' transport can be dangerous, especially if the accident occurs through no fault of the bus driver. In order to protect yourself as much as possible, it will not be superfluous to know which seats are best to sit in long-distance buses. These are central locations next to the emergency exit or middle doors (if any).

Of course, if we are talking about ramming a bus, this will not help much, but in other cases, even very much. But when it comes to suburban buses (especially old models of production), then those who sit with their backs to the driver or other passenger are least likely to suffer in an accident. And a few words about the most dangerous places: these are the front seats immediately behind the driver and the seat next to him, as well as the entire last row.


Rating: 4.9


It is not the first year that this particular type of transport has confidently held the second place in the ranking of the safest in the world (there are 0.5 human deaths per 1.5 billion km). While the number of crash landings and plane crashes has increased recently, this has not made flying any more dangerous, even if things look different.

It is important to understand that a plane crash is a coincidence of many circumstances, and in order to calm the aerophobes, it will not be superfluous to note that the chance of getting into a plane crash is 1: 3,300,000. Therefore, it will rather be personal bad luck, and this factor, as you know, is can play its sad role anywhere. In addition, even in a plane crash, there is a good chance of surviving. The statistics are indicative: among all accidents involving aircraft that have occurred over the past 20 years, the death toll was only 5% of the total number of passengers.

An interesting fact: many people in the world are afraid to fly and are more likely to sit behind the wheel or on a motorcycle, not realizing that the danger in the latter two cases is much higher and the risk of being hit by a stupid reckless driver is very high even with maximum caution on the road.

As for the safest seats in the aircraft cabin, these are definitely the aft seats. Even though they are considered not the most comfortable compared to those located at the head of the aircraft, in a crash or emergency landing, this can save lives.


Rating: 5.0


The undisputed leader in the rating of the safest modes of transport and one of the most comfortable ways to travel on the planet. At the same time, there is no separation between suburban transport (electric trains, to put it simply) and long-distance trains: there are only 0.2 human deaths per 1.5 billion km. To a large extent, statistics are spoiled by one densely populated country, India: the concept of security there is very specific and, perhaps, even completely absent.

The train became the safest transport for a reason, and there are several reasons for this: movement along a strict route, the absence of oncoming traffic and the reliability of the train structure. And so that trains that move along switching tracks do not collide with each other, dispatch services monitor their route.

As for the safest places in the carriage, those are considered to be located in the middle, and the safest carriages are those located in the central part of the train. As a rule, they are more stable, and in the event of a head-on collision, they provide a high chance of survival.

Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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