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The most dangerous times for driving

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2023 | Accidents

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Most people spend a lot of time on the road. Whether you are commuting to work or picking up your children from school, driving is essential in modern life. Unfortunately, driving comes with risks, and every time you get behind the wheel, you risk getting into an accident.

While accidents are never completely preventable, there are ways to lower your chances of being in one. One way is by understanding that there are certain times during the day when it is more dangerous to be on the road.

At night

Driving at night is, without a doubt, the most dangerous time to drive. Most accidents happen at night because:

  • You have low visibility
  • You can easily miss an obstacle on the road
  • You can fall asleep at the wheel
  • You can easily miss traffic signs

You should always try to drive with someone else if you must drive at night. Especially if you are not used to driving at night or take any medication that could impair your ability to drive normally.

Commuting to and from work

Driving to and from work is another dangerous time because traffic is higher, there are more drivers on the road, and when you are stuck in traffic, it can be tempting to pull out your phone and check email or text messages.

During holidays and special events

Cities, especially larger ones, tend to attract sports games and famous singers. Concerts are fun and a great way for family and friends to spend quality time together, but driving to and from these events is dangerous.

It is critical to remember that people sometimes drink at these events. Drivers also drink before or after big events, and many of them get behind the wheel anyway after the event is over and drive home. While you are driving home, you could encounter one of these drivers who can cause a devastating wreck.

The same applies to holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas when people travel via car to visit family and friends, which means that there are more people on the road and there is a higher risk of encountering a drunk driver.

While it is impossible to always prevent an accident, it is possible to lessen your chances of being in one by being proactive and ensuring that you plan ahead.

Try to avoid nighttime driving, which is the most dangerous time to drive, and if you are driving on any high-traffic road, look for alternative routes that can make your trips less dangerous.