I always drive with my headlights ON – why? – a habit learned while driving in Iceland for three years where it was the law. Now it just makes sense but driving through stop signs to stay with the convoy has some serious implications for drivers returning home after a year long deployment. The statistics get even worse for multiple deployments so a second or third return does not mean things will get better. Habits are ingrained and must be overcome.
After we re-posted the study from USAA, one follower of MilitaryAvenue commented on Pintrest that she usually drove for a while till her husband was ready. According to the study, accidents increased overall by 13% after deployment. A couple of us were chatting about the article and we were worried that insurance rates would also climb but the press release from USAA said,
But the company has no plans to raise auto insurance rates based on the data. Additionally, no information about individual members was released or reviewed as part of the study. "We're highly, highly protective of our USAA member information," Drew says. Raising awareness of the findings, especially among military safety commanders, was the priority, he explained.
For further information about the USAA study please go to this MilitaryAvenue Reading Room article. Thank you USAA for providing the report and data to support!
Photo Credits: USAA Press Release