When is the Safest Time to Drive?
When on the road, safety is always the top priority. All car manufacturers put their models through rigorous testing to make sure that their vehicles are up to snuff and safe for you. Unfortunately, there’s no accounting for driver behavior but we can analyze the data about fatalities to learn how to increase our own safety. Here are some of the safest days, times, and states to drive in, according to Instamotor.com.
These numbers are from 2014 and at a glance, you can see that February has the fewest fatalities – whether that’s because the month is shorter or because people are going slower in the cold weather is unclear. But from February on, the numbers only rise until October when fatalities hit their peak for the year. Your safest months for driving are January through March.
Driving during the week is by far the safest, likely because drivers stick to their common routes to and from work and then hop off the road for the night. However, as soon as the weekend hits and people feel the need to get a little loose, fatalities go up with Saturday being the big wildcard here. Always be sure to take your time and be aware of your surroundings.
Let’s get even deeper with this data and see what time of day is safest for men vs women. It looks like men see the most fatalities on the weekend, sometime between Saturday night/Sunday morning, while women stay pretty consistent throughout the week with Thursday being a big risk. Early Tuesday morning is the safest for both genders but I don’t think you’re going to be able to get much done if you run out to do your errands between midnight and 6 am on Tuesday morning. However, if you’re trying to decide if it’s worth waiting until after rush hour to drive home, it seems like a safe bet for both men and women. Accident rates go down after 6 p.m.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island are tied for the lowest fatal accident rate based on population – despite their dense populations. For every 100 thousand drivers on the road, there were only 4.9 fatalities. The worst state for driving goes to Wyoming with 25.7 per 100 thousand. Weather can have a huge impact on driving conditions and safety but so can the car culture per state.
No matter where you live there are steps you can take to avoid accidents on the road – starting with your own distractions within the car. Set up your navigation, music, and everything else before engaging the vehicle. Put your phone away so you won’t be tempted to pull it out while driving. And be sure to purchase a vehicle with a high safety rating – like the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze or 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500, both received a 5/5 safety rating from the NHTSA. See more specials and demo cars now to find the right vehicle that fits for you!
To see more data on this subject, visit Instamotors.com to see their full article.