Sometimes driving may not be all smooth-sailing; there are times where traveling on the road is riskier than other times. The more vehicles on the road, the more hazardous driving can become. All drivers should always stay cautious and alert while on the road, especially during holidays, rush hours and harsh weathers. There are several factors to think about that cause the roads to be more or less dangerous. For example, drinking alcohol during festive season increase the chance of accidents by almost twice compared to a relatively typical day. In the following, we will examine some of the best and worst times to drive on the road.
Rush hours are not only frustrating and inconvenient, especially during traffic jams, but also one of the most dangerous times to drive. The time periods are normally between 8 to 9 am in the morning, and 5 to 8 pm in the late afternoon to evening times. Serious accidents are more likely to occur during the nighttime than daytime during weekends. Drivers are advised to prevent driving on the road on Sunday mornings around 2 to 3 am. The reason is that these are times when most bars close for the day. Although the traffic is light, some drivers are impaired due to fatigue or alcohol. On a weekday, the lowest traffic times are 4 to 5 am, and crashes are likely to happen in the daytime.
The most dangerous day of the week to drive is actually a Saturday. Most people are either off from work, spending time with family, or spending time with family. However, this makes the roads crowded; and accidents are prone to occur. Evening times on Fridays are also likely to see accidents happening. People tend to hurry and get home or other places to enjoy their weekends; This is intensified if there are 3-day weekends. The safest weekdays to drive are actually Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Some of the worst months to drive are August, September, and July; this is because in August the schools are starting. March is the safest month to drive with the fewest accidents occurring.
For young drivers, summer months see more drivers on the road in the day because school is out and most families are on vacations. The rush hour traffic is reduced but throughout the day more traffic is seen at unexpected times. Fourth of July is the most hazardous day to travel on the road. Over 900 fatalities occur each year on Fourth of July alone. Thanksgiving on weekends sees some of the heaviest traffic on roads.
Rain or snow may cause the roads to be wet and slippery; this will make driving unsafe. In addition, the visibility will be limited. Drivers need to slow down during such weathers. If not, drivers will be impaired by these unfavorable conditions and encounter accidents. Even though snow in winter months makes driving difficult, but due to the fact that there are lesser vehicles on the road, accidents are less seen. On the other hand, the summer months have better conditions for driving; visibility is much improved, and the weather is dry and sunny. However, good weather conditions prompt faster driving, and this is one of the factors in leading to crashes.
(Data and statistics based on information from ONLINE-DRIVERS-LICENSES.ORG)