The odds of bad things befalling you while on the road

Chances of events happening while driving


Ever given any thought to what are your chances of being pulled over by law enforcement in a given year?

If you do get pulled over by an officer, have you wondered what the odds are you’ll be issued a citation?

Esurance, an online auto insurance company, has released some details about the odds of events happening on the road compared to other activities. 

The company’s research shows that:

- The odds are 1 in 11.5 of being pulled over in a given year. That is about the same odds as pulling an ace out of a shuffled deck of cards.

- The probability of getting a ticket once you are pulled over is 1 in 1.8, which is less than the odds of correctly predicting the flip of a coin.

- The odds of getting into an accident while on a 1,000-mile road trip are 1 in 366. While that may seem high, the odds of dating a millionaire are 1 in 220.

From my own research, I have found that the odds of:

- Someone using a mobile device in a vehicle around you is 96.44 percent.

- That four-digit lottery game ticket you played coming in straight is 0.0147 percent.

May the odds be with you.