Getting behind the wheel of your car is the single most dangerous thing most of us do every day. Total, over 40,000 people are killed in the United States every year. That’s equal to approximately 110 people every day. In fact, car accidents are the number one cause of death for people ages 1 to 34.
The reason these statistics may seem so shocking is that car accidents claim their victims one or two at a time, and are typically local news stories instead of national headlines.
So, when exactly are the most dangerous times to be on the road? And what can you do to keep yourself safer?
To organize a list of the most dangerous times to drive, the National Highway Traffic safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety were all consulted. Additionally, motor vehicle collision research from University of Berkley’s Traffic Safety Center was sourced.
It was determined that time of day is a significant factor. It appears other hazardous factors such as speeding, impaired driving, and non-use of seatbelts become more prevalent at night, contributing to more fatalities.
Excessive speed is a factor in one-third of all car accidents across the board, while fatal alcohol-related crashes increase from 18 percent to 54 percent when night falls. At night, two-thirds of people killed in car accidents are not wearing seatbelts compared to just under half of daytime crash victims.
Across the country, the fatality rate per mile of travel at night is about three times as high as the daytime rate, with 49 percent of deadly crashes occurring at night.
Typically, the early morning hours are less dangerous due to fewer drivers being on the road. Additionally, days in the middle of the week such as, Tuesdays and Wednesdays post numbers of fatalities just below average.
Conversely, weekends usually witness the greatest number of deadly crashes with more drivers being on the road. The IIHS reports a combined average of 143 deaths per day on Saturdays and Sundays.
Stack the Odds in Your Favor
While you might not be able to do all your driving exclusively at 5 a.m. on Wednesdays, there are plenty of things you can do to stay safer behind the wheel.
Wearing your seatbelt, driving an appropriate speed for the road conditions, and staying alert all make a huge difference, but are the very things many people involved in accidents don’t do. Remember to drive defensively, always watching out for the unexpected. And never drive while impaired.
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