Driving can be dangerous at all times and safety should be a priority each and every time you get behind the wheel. You will find that there are times when it is more dangerous than others, though, and every motorist should be aware of when these times are so that they can take great care on the roads.
When is Driving Most Dangerous?
Unsurprisingly, the most common time for an accident to happen on the road is 5 pm, with the most common type of accident being rear end collisions. This will be when people are coming home from work, which means that there is a lot of traffic on the road and people are likely to be in a rush to get home and/or tired after work. Friday is also the day of the week when most accidents happen and again it is likely to be due to people rushing to get home to enjoy the weekend or possibly setting off for a weekend trip. It is also the winter months that are the most dangerous with most accidents happening in November, October, January and September respectively.
Which Days of the Year are Accidents More Likely?
Statistics even show that there are some days of the year when you are more likely to have an accident. Data shows that the most dangerous day of the year to drive on is January 18th when you are 33% more likely to have an accident than any other day of the year.
Interestingly, Christmas Day is the safest when roads are much quieter and you are 275% more likely to be involved in a car accident on January 18th than on December 25th. The other most dangerous days of the year are December 5th, the 30th of November, the 20th of December and the 4th of December. It is no surprise that it is all days in winter because the roads can be slippery, there can be a lot of traffic and visibility is much lower.
What Can Drivers do to Avoid Danger?
So, what can drivers do to avoid danger when driving? If possible, you should reduce your mileage, particularly in the winter months as the more time that you spend on the road the more likely you are to have an accident. Of course, driving is essential for many people which means that you need to avoid distractions, never drive when tired and be aware of your surroundings. You also need to keep your car in the best condition by carrying out basic maintenance and sticking to the service and MOT schedule.
Driving is always dangerous, but it is helpful to know what times, days and times of the year are more dangerous than others so that you can take greater care and do what you can to avoid being involved in an accident.