Nothing beats these hair-raising rides when it comes to raising your adrenaline levels.
The fear of staring death in the face is unparalleled in any other commercial ride.
Yes, I’m talking about roller coasters. The heart of amusement parks world over.
Roller Coaster Testing – A Daily Ritual
Just how safe are these speed (and height) demons?
They are quite safe actually. Despite the negative reviews they have received over the years due to some accidents that have given some coasters a bad rep.
And one thing to note about roller coaster accidents is that they are very far and few between. That is good, but that also means when one happens, the whole world will know about it, and everyone who can decry the safety of roller coasters will.
But truth be told roller coaster testing is a daily procedure that takes place every day before the parks open to the public, making roller coasters safer than your car.
One thing you need to understand about amusement park operators is that they thrive on reputation. And one of the best ways of gaining a good reputation is by adhering to stringent safety standards, like testing roller coasters regularly and keeping them well maintained.
So, are roller coasters safe?
You bet they are!
Don’t believe me? Well, let me give you a few roller coaster safety facts that will help you understand just how safe those death-defying rides are.
Even though there are no organizations that have been accurately gathering data on roller coasters, their maintenance, and safety regulations, there is sufficient data to prove that riding a roller coaster is safer than many of your daily activities.
Roller Coaster Safety Facts – The Truth Will Shock You
Ready for some mind-blowing safety facts concerning roller coasters? Well, then, buckle up, hold on tight, and let’s go for a ride.
1. Football and Fishing are More Dangerous than a Roller Coaster
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) gathered some interesting data in a research they carried out and produced statistics based on the number of injuries per million activity days. You can read some of the reports here.
The research discovered that for theme park rides, there were 8 injuries for every million days.
Fishing (yes, real fishing) was found to be riskier than a roller coaster ride with 88 injuries per million days. As for football, well that’s a whole different ballgame. It was discovered that football is more dangerous than a roller coaster ride with a whopping 343 injuries per million days.
In short, a roller coaster is safer than most of America’s pastimes – by far.
2. The Most Dangerous Ride at an Amusement Park is Your Car
Driving is more dangerous than taking a 120mph ride on a roller coaster – upside down.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 35,200 fatalities on America’s roadways in 2015.
In the same year, 1 person died after being hit by a roller coaster at Cedar Point in Ohio. He was trying to retrieve his phone that had fallen off during a ride.
Simply put, your 40mph commute is riskier than Formula Rossa’s 150mph run.
3. Even Mother Nature is More Dangerous than a Roller Coaster
One of the rarest deaths caused by nature is to be struck by lightning.
And yet the chances of you being struck by lightning are 1 in 775,000 (whether you die or not). And the chances of being injured on a roller coaster? A low 1 in 24 million according to IAAPA.
Are roller coasters safe? Well, they are safer than fishing, safer than your daily commute to work, and definitely safer than walking outside on a rainy day.
Despite the facts proving the safety of roller coasters, safety still comes first when you head out to your favorite amusement park for your thrill fix. Let’s take a look at a few safety tips that will help you not become one of the rare statistics of roller coaster injury, or worse, death by thrill.
Amusement Park Safety Regulations – Keeping Yourself Safe
In everything in life, increasing your chances of safety comes from taking precautions. Same goes for a roller coaster ride. Sometimes amusement park regulations may seem as if the operators are just being too strict, but believe me, you can never be too safe.
Let’s get straight to the roller coaster safety tips, I can see you are rearing to head off to your latest adrenaline fix.
1. Follow All Amusement Park Regulations
This one goes without saying. Amusement park operators and safety instructors probably know more about roller coaster safety than you, therefore it’s in your best interest to obey their rules.
For your information, amusement park safety is taken very seriously and all personnel involved in your safety participate in comprehensive safety training at the AIMS Amusement Park Safety Seminar. This is a certified training so be rest assured that you are in good hands.
2. Keep Away From Restricted Areas
In recent years, most deaths by roller coaster have occurred because of people entering restricted areas. Whether you have lost something on the ride or not, restricted areas are restricted for a purpose – to keep you safe. If so happens that you lose something, alert an official and they will help you retrieve it.
3. Secure All Loose Articles on Your Body
Remember, roller coasters travel at very fast speeds. At these speeds, even a nickel can become a lethal projectile. For your own safety and the safety of other passengers, make sure you leave cell phones, keys, and any other loose articles behind.
This goes for loose clothing as well. Loose clothing like jackets and scarves can easily get entangled on something on the ride, putting you at risk.
Safety at the Park – It Takes Two
Amusement parks are really safe places to have a great time with family.
But in all honesty, that safety takes two parties to ensure the safety of the riders – the park operators and you.
Because your safety is their concern, amusement parks take roller coaster testing very seriously and aim to provide you the best and safest experience possible.
How seriously do you take your safety (or the safety of your family)?
Be sure to follow all the rules and take extra care to keep yourself and other riders safe as you partake of one of life’s greatest thrills.