Like most of your neighbors, you drive to work every day of the workweek. When you are not on the job, you also go to shops, entertainment venues and other places. You should know, though, that when you drive may have an effect on your personal safety.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that Saturday is the most dangerous day to be on the road. Tuesday, by contrast, is your best bet for staying safe behind the wheel. Because you probably cannot stay off the road, you should understand why you have a greater chance of sustaining a serious injury in a car crash at certain times.
Saturday tops the list of the deadliest days for motorists for a couple of reasons. The high volume of drunk drivers on roadways is the biggest contributor to the number of fatal collisions on the weekend. As such, Saturday becomes more dangerous as the hours pass. That is, you are more likely to have a serious collision on Saturday evening than you are on Saturday morning.
Rush hour traffic can drive anyone crazy. Data from the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicates that afternoon rush hour is more dangerous than the morning drive. In fact, the deadliest time to drive in the United States is between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Distracted driving may be one reason that afternoon commutes are more dangerous than morning ones. After working all day, motorists may have more mental distractions than they do in the morning. On Saturdays, you may also encounter a greater number of distracted drivers.
Clearly, some days and times are more dangerous for motorists than others. While you probably cannot commit to always staying off the road during dangerous driving times, you should understand when you are most at risk. Fortunately, with some diligence and a bit of defensive driving, you may be able to minimize your chances of sustaining a serious injury in an automobile accident.