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What is the most dangerous time of day to drive?

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2021 | Car Accidents

Everybody must drive at some point. However, some times are safer than other times, and according to the data, the worst time to drive is between 5 PM and 7 PM.

Other difficult times for driving

A comprehensive review of data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and The American Automobile Association (AAA) revealed the most dangerous moments for drivers. They include far more than just times of day, but seasons, holidays, and so on. They are:

  • Thanksgiving weekend (The most dangerous holiday weekend)
  • The 4th of July (The most dangerous day of the year)
  • August (The most dangerous month)
  • Winter (The most dangerous season)
  • Saturdays (The most dangerous day of the week)

This random assortment of moments is a fascinating result of statistical analysis. But it does make a person wonder why.

Why are these days more dangerous?

There are, presumably, simple explanations for some of the dangerousness of some days and times. For example, 5-7 PM is the evening rush hour, meaning a road congested with people possibly exhausted from the day of work. Thanksgiving weekend is also one of the longest holiday weekends and naturally would include more crashes.

However, some dates seem to be an odd statistical discovery, such as August being the most dangerous month and Saturday being the most dangerous day of the week. The statistics have tracked something significant about those days, but they do not make all that much sense to the casual observer.

Take precautions whenever you drive

Importantly, the “most dangerous” times are not the only times when you can get into an accident. You can get hurt at almost any time of day or on any day of the year. Be cautious. Avoid unnecessary risks. But if you get into an accident, and come away with injuries, remember you can pursue compensation.


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