[A2A] I am not a parent, so take my answer with that in mind.
I went to school in an auto from 7th standard onwards. I used to go by school bus, but our principal stopped allowing boys to use school bus beyond 6th grade. So, it was the only option as my mother doesn't know driving and my father had to go to work. So, auto was the only alternative. And, we did not think that auto was particularly dangerous. Overcrowded? Yes. Dangerous? No. I don't think my parents thought that it was dangerous, either.
The biggest non-natural cause of death in India is road accidents, but still people drive or take road transportation. Same reason: because there is no other affordable or practical option.