Avoiding most dangerous times on the road
Driving can be dangerous. Although the number of fatal road accidents per licensed driver is less than half of what it was 40 years ago, death still happens every day on our roads.
We hope that you never experience this worst-case scenarioand well do what we can to help you figure out the most dangerous times (and ages) when it comes to avoiding disaster.
Top 10 deadliest days of the year to drive
1. July 4
2. July 3
3. Dec. 23
4. Aug. 3
5. Jan. 1
6. Aug. 6
7. Aug. 4
8. Aug. 12
9. July 2
10. Sept. 2
Its sad, but trueIndependence Day is the most deadly day of the year to drive. Alcohol consumption certainly plays a part in many fatal road accidents, and, as you can see, the top three deadliest days coincide with traditional times of celebration. Be especially careful on the roads during any holiday season.
Deadliest days of the week to drive
Thank goodness its the weekendbut thats not reason to relax when youre on the roads. The deadliest days to drive are Friday through Sunday, with Saturday coming out on top. Theres clearly a lot of dangerous traffic on the weekends, and its safe to say that alcohol plays a part in this tragic trend.
Deadliest Times of the Day to Drive
1. 3-6 p.m.
2. 6-9 p.m.
4. Noon-3 p.m.
5. Midnight-3 a.m.
Rushing home from work after a long, stressful day seems to lead to bad driving decisions. The deadliest time to drive is between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., a clear indicator of how much care needs to be taken at the end of the day. Interestingly, the early morning rush hour seems to be safer than any other time of day, perhaps a reflection of a fresher, more alert mind.
When even walking gets scary
If youre a pedestrian, you shouldnt be walking home from your New Years Eve party Jan. 1 Besides being one of the top five days for crash deaths, its No. 1 for pedestrian deaths. And parents should be advised to watch their kids on Halloween. The drivers are scarier than the ghosts, witches or headless horsemen! Day No. 2 for pedestrian deaths, frighteningly, is Oct. 31.
The most important tip
Wear your seat belt, always. In many cases, fatal accidents could have been avoided by passengers and drivers wearing their seat belt.
Dont be put off from driving! Paying attention and driving carefully can save not just your life, but the lives of others. We hope that the above information gives you something to think aboutwhy do you think certain days or times are more dangerous than others? Discuss these ideas with friends and families, and maybe youll make others aware of these deadly times.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2004
From the July 12-18, 2006, issue