There’s always a risk on the road for drivers. Even if you’re a responsible motorist, you don’t have any guarantee that other drivers are the same. You may encounter accidents along the way, including collisions, crashes, bumping, and more. Still, there’s a way to dodge accidents by being alert and knowing the most dangerous time to drive.
The rush hour
According to statistics, the after-work rush hour between 4 pm and 7 pm records the most accidents in the United States. In fact, car crash fatalities rise to 85% as compared to the morning rush hour.
This is mainly attributed to the fact that drivers are tired at work and hurrying to arrive home as soon as possible. Exhaustion and frustration will impair a driver’s judgment in driving, which will cause accidents.
Weekends might not always be fun
According to the numbers tallied on the 2016 Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Saturday and Sunday have the highest car crash deaths, followed by Friday. The experts also found that during weekends, the most fatal time to drive is 10 pm onward on Saturdays and 1 am to 4 am on Sundays.
This is due to drivers having happy hours as a way of taking a break from work. Also, weekends are the days when drivers have higher exposure to booze and other controlled substances. All of these will impair their senses, thus the reason behind the fatalities on the road.
The holiday worry
The hustle and bustle of the holidays send an added risk for drivers. Everyone is in a hurry while others are under the influence of alcohol. These festivities also record the highest fatalities.
Of all the holidays, Memorial Day recorded the highest car crash deaths followed by Labor Day, 4th of July, and Easter.
This just shows that driving risk can be seasonal. Aside from the holidays, the summer season is also seen as one of the deadliest times for drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving during summer causes twice more fatalities than car accidents recorded on the other nine months.
Each state has varying numbers
It’s important to emphasize here that the numbers mentioned above will vary across states. Based on a report from NHTSA, Texas is the state with the highest car crash death rate, with over 3,700 fatalities in 2017. This is followed by California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Age has something to do with it
Aside from the time or period of the year, the driver’s age also has something to do with the risk of figuring in a crash. According to U.S. data, more than 7,000 teenagers died in auto accidents between 2005 and 2009 alone. Take note that these deaths occur over the 100 days of summer within the 5-year period. Also, about 10% of all deaths during the 4th of July are teenagers.
For drivers, every day can be a dangerous time for driving. Still, with the right caution and focus on the road, you can reduce your possibility of getting in a car crash. Don’t let the numbers scare you from hitting the road. Instead, use it as a guide to improve your safety.