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Troops Learn Deadly Driving Habits While Deployed (Video)

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Aggressive military drivers

Car accidents are a leading cause of death for returning troops - taking even more lives than suicide, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Some suggest the driving techniques learned in a war zone don't translate well back home. USAA recently released its "Returning Warriors" study, which found:

Enlisted military members were 22% more likely to cause a wreck after returning home from deployment than before they left, compared to a 10% increased risk for noncommissioned officers and a 3.5% increased risk for officers.

But once service members had been home for six months — and had time to readjust to the rules of the American road — those accident rates declined.

Former Army specialist Brad Hammond told USAA that the combative way he learned to drive in Iraq was hard to shake once he returned home.

"My driving style and the way we were taught was to be purely 100% aggressive. [We tried to] get from point A to point B as quickly as possible with the least amount of our casualties as possible. It was get going, be there yesterday."

The Fox station in Houston put together an interesting TV feature on troops on the road after returning home. It's at the top of this post.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | June 19, 2012 at 8:53 a.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

They should become ambulance or fire truck drivers! It would be a perfect fit.

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Avatar for user 'Suleman_Ben'

Suleman_Ben | May 21, 2013 at 4:23 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Driving needs to be done carefully to avoid any chance of accidents. Now a days number of accidents increasing so rapidly because of rash driving and careless driving. People suffering by doing such dead driving, where chances of accidents more and such accidents results in death. So to control accidents, we need to be responsible for this. We have drive slow and need to be more focus and alert while driving. Saab Repair Los Angeles

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