Most Dangerous Times to Drive

holidays are statistically the most dangerous times to driveAs expected, being on the road during certain times of the day increases your chances of being in a car crash. This correlates to the times of the day where there are usually more cars on the road. Additionally, holidays often increase the number of drivers on the road traveling, as well as, the number of alcohol impaired drivers if it’s a holiday associated with drinking. Poor weather always contributes to car crashes too. That makes the summertime your safest time to drive as the weather is usually better. At least you don’t have to deal with icy or snow-packed roads then. However, let’s get a little more specific than these generalizations.

Statistically, the Most Dangerous Times are:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 (the last year for their data compilation) we saw almost 30,000 fatal crashes in the United States. Most crashes in 2014 occurred during the month of October, with a total of 2,825. However, November had the deadliest rate. It’s possible the weather on the holidays had something to do with these rates. Additionally, Halloween is a popular drinking holiday, which could have also contributed to these crashes.

The majority of alcohol related crashes occurred between the hours of 9:00 pm and 3:00 am, which makes sense as those are the times most people go out to the bars and clubs and then irresponsibly drive home. On that note, the day of the week with the most fatal crashes was Saturday.

Rush hour also contributes to an increase in car crashes. Statistically, from the hours of 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, most fatal crashes occur. In 2014, approximately 4,750 fatal crashes occurred between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm and almost 5,000 occurred between 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Dangerous Holidays

During the holidays, the number of drivers on our nation’s roads peaks, due to traveling to see family and attending parties and gatherings. Parties often include drinking, which is another factor. Thus, the increase of traffic on the roads, and the greater probability of a drunk driver, creates a more likely condition that a car crash will occur.

Most people probably think that New Year’s Eve is the most dangerous holiday for driving, but between 2009 and 2013, the deadliest day of the year was July 4th, with 612 people dying in crashes on Independence Day, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Regardless, please be aware that holidays such as New Year’s Eve, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo bring a greater chance of a deadly encounter on the road. That is why we have been offering free cab rides home on these holidays to help decrease such encounters and keep our community safe.

According to, the 10 most dangerous driving days include:

  1. Memorial Day weekend
  2. The start of daylight saving time
  3. Black Friday
  4. NFL game day
  5. Friday the 13th
  6. New Year’s Day
  7. July 4th
  8. Thanksgiving
  9. Christmas
  10. Patrick’s Day

As summer arrives, remember that the Fourth of July has statistically been a dangerous day on the road. Please be safe, and remind others to drink responsibly.

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