A motor vehicle collision could occur any day of the week and any time of day. It only takes a few seconds of distraction or the failure of a vehicle’s crucial systems for a collision to occur with very little warning.
Drivers need to be vigilant at all times to protect themselves from the possibility of a wreck. Still, knowing trends about when crashes occur can help drivers make better decisions. You can choose not to go out on the road when your risk is particularly high, or you can pay extra attention during those times when your driving risk is at its highest.
Are there certain days of the week when your crash risk is worse than others?
The weekends are particularly deadly
When people have time off of work, they may overindulge in alcohol or stay out too late with friends. The weekends see more than their fair share of fatal motor vehicle collisions. According to an analysis of 2019 crash data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly half of all deadly crashes occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
You can reduce your risk of a crash on the weekends by minimizing how frequently you drive and paying closer attention to other vehicles near you while driving on the weekends.
The weekdays have their own special risks
Although Monday through Thursday sees fewer fatal collisions overall in comparison to the weekends, they have their own unique risks due to the countless commuters filling the streets every morning and afternoon.
Rush hour sees heavy traffic levels in many metropolitan areas. Drivers are at increased risk of getting into a crash during those heavy traffic times, especially in the afternoons. During weekdays, the afternoon rush hour is also a very dangerous time. There’s a 28% increase in the possibility of a fatal crash. The morning rush hour isn’t as deadly, but it is still dangerous. Drivers headed into work are 38% more likely to suffer injuries in a crash as compared to most other times on the road.
You likely can’t stay off of the road during rush hour because you have to get home or to work just like everyone else. You also can’t avoid driving all the time on the weekends, but you can pay closer attention to traffic conditions and make safety your top priority. Learning about when your crash risk is highest can help you develop better driving habits.