I'm really enjoying my return to the sport after a long hiatus. My wife really likes some of the local riverside cycling/skating/running trails, and so do I. It's a great way to get out with her alone now that the kids can handle themselves on their on (most of the time). She's new to this but interested enough to justify our getting her a nice road bike.
So now I want to get on some rural roads with her but she's deathly afraid of getting hit by a car, citing lack of attention by drivers texting and talking, etc. She's got a point.
So, question is, for those who have ridden continuously the years before mobile phones, how does road riding compare then to now? Same/worse/death wish? Are her fears justified or overblown?