The most dangerous time of day for a car accident
Have you ever wondered what is the most dangerous time of day to be behind the wheel of a car? The chances of getting into an accident will increase as the number of vehicles on the roads and highways increases. Rush hours, holidays and seasons can also increase the chances of an accident. However, a large factor in motor vehicle accidents is related to the amount of drunk drivers on the road. Knowing the safest time to drive can help you plan your trips safely throughout the year.
The most dangerous time of day to drive is between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that approximately 13 people have been killed during what is generally considered “rush hour traffic.” There are many factors that contribute to this time frame being statistically prone to accidents. People are tired from long days at work, eager to get through the traffic and get home or arrive at their destination, and the sunshine is optimal. Being aware that you are driving at high accident times can help you be more aware, avoid driving at these times, and take extra care when driving.
Saturday is the most dangerous day of the week to drive. Saturday hosts celebrations, evening parties, holidays and alcohol-related incidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Saturdays have more traffic-related deaths than any other day with an average of 158 traffic-related deaths each Saturday. Also, Saturdays have the highest number of deaths compared to the percentage of vehicles on the road with 1.2 deaths for every 100 million drivers.
Alcohol plays a big role in Saturday motor vehicle deaths, the Automobile Association reports that 31% of drink-driving fatalities occur at weekends, with the highest number of drunk drivers on the road between midnight and 3am . Fatal traffic accidents are four times more likely at night than during the day. In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in drunk driving crashes. That equates to one death every 51 minutes.
The summer months offer excellent weather with more daylight, dry roads and excellent visibility. However, they report twice as many deaths in the summer months compared to the rest of the year, with August being the most dangerous month to drive. The Fourth of July is also reported as the most dangerous day to drive due to widespread holidays and mass alcohol consumption, and August as the most dangerous month to drive.
Be careful when driving at night on bank holidays and remember that the 5pm to 7pm rush hour is a particularly dangerous time to drive. Knowing the most dangerous times of the day to drive will help you plan a constructive safety road map for your life’s upcoming events.
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