How to avoid a mangled car wreck two decades hence? According to the number-crunchers, it's best to be elderly, educated and female. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of traffic-related injuries and deaths, because it has a high population of young men — the riskiest drivers — and low education standards. Smart women drivers in Western countries are the safest.
Even if you're lucky enough to slot in these categories, however, you still have violence, suicide, tobacco and HIV to contend with. All are expected to shoot up the cause-of-death charts in the next century. Best not to tell your life insurance company just yet.