For a lot of reasons I am Very Anxious about driving. Surely it's the thing most likely to kill me in an untimely fashion, right?
Naturally I went and looked it up.
The CDC keeps (of course) detailed statistics on cause of death. In my current age group, the top causes are:
|C00-C97 (Malignant neoplasms)||220,606||684,278,755||32.2|
|W00-X59 (Other external causes of accidental injury)||150,496||684,278,755||22.0|
|X60-X84 (Intentional self-harm)||105,989||684,278,755||15.5|
|I20-I25 (Ischaemic heart diseases)||102,158||684,278,755||14.9|
|V01-V99 (Transport accidents)||101,614||684,278,755||14.8|
|B20-B24 (Human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] disease)||58,381||684,278,755||8.5|
|K70-K76 (Diseases of liver)||55,410||684,278,755||8.1|
|I30-I51 (Other forms of heart disease)||54,753||684,278,755||8.0|
|I60-I69 (Cerebrovascular diseases)||34,259||684,278,755||5.0|
|E10-E14 (Diabetes mellitus)||31,363||684,278,755||4.6|
|I10-I15 (Hypertensive diseases)||28,675||684,278,755||4.2|
|F10-F19 (Mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use)||25,873||684,278,755||3.8|
(Two thirds of the 'other external causes' are accidental drug overdoses.)
(There are two deaths whose cause is listed as 'bitten by rat.' I have so many questions.)
(And one death by alligator.)
I'm afraid of driving. Since I rarely have to make long trips, for me it is an avoidable risk, so it feels like a better choice to not drive (due to some kind of cognitive bias- the one where the availability of a choice to do nothing makes it seem safer than doing something even if it's not so- incidentally one of the fallacies that leads people to not vaccinate.). I suppose my anxiety is semi-rational; the lack of regular exposure means I never get de-conditioned.
What's your irrational or semi-rational anxiety?