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Members of the U.S. military — especially enlisted troops in the Army and Marines — were significantly more likely to cause auto accidents within six months of returning from deployment, according to a study by USAA Property and & Casualty Insurance Group, a major insurer for military families.
These veterans probably are engaging in survival driving habits for a war zone, such as not stopping in traffic, driving fast and making sudden, unpredictable turns, experts said. But those same driving practices create havoc back in the United States.
The insurance company looked at the driving record for each member in the study for the six months prior to deployment and then at their experience after returning to the U.S. The three-year study started in January 2007 and included 158,000 troops who had 171,000 deployments to various overseas locations.
USAA found a 13% increase in at-fault accidents for troops within the first six months of returning from deployment.
Originally posted by Neocrusader
reply to post by aboutface
So you end up with these 18-21 year olds who havent been driving long thrust into these situations - infact for some they only get their driving licence prior to deployment so their only real experience of driving is in a high threat combat zone
So when the majority of your driving experience come from 'combat driving' this results in bad habits when you return home
It's a problem that has been noticed and addressed by many nations The Germans and especialy the Brits have done much research and have detailed briefings about this matter prior to deployment and again during 'decompression' on return from ops
But the rediscovery of alcohol and the feeling of invincibility ( having survived ops ) plays a very big part too