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Are you out on the roads during the most dangerous time?

Modern motor vehicles provide fast and reliable transportation, but they are also a source of significant risk. Drivers often offset some of that risk by having proactive safety practices in place, while passengers can also make decisions that minimize their risk, such as always putting on their seat belt and making sure they don't drive with someone who is under the influence. Reminding the driver not to text and drive can also help you stay safer.

Drivers may avoid certain roads to stay safe while also reducing their personal contribution to collision risks. What people often forget is that there is more risk for a serious crash at certain times of day and days of the week than at other times. Whether you drive for convenience or as part of your job, knowing the most dangerous time of the week on the roads can help keep you as safe as possible.

Driving at night on Saturdays carries the most significant risk

The amount of traffic on the roads fluctuates throughout the day. There may be more vehicles on the road when first shift workers are en route to their jobs or headed home, but the amount of traffic is not the only risk factor. The focus of the drivers and whether or not they are currently distracted or impaired by alcohol or drugs will also influence the statistical risk.

According to an analysis of traffic data performed by the National Safety Council, Saturday nights are the most dangerous time to be on the road, although the end-of-day rush hour is also a dangerous time, just like the hour after local bars close.

Multiple factors that contribute to the risk on Saturday nights specifically. First, there is reduced visibility that comes with darkness. Then, there are all the people heading to social engagements or home from them. These individuals could have already had too much to drink or might check their cellphones while driving.

Fatigue can also play a role in nighttime collisions

Too many people assume that as long as they haven't had anything to drink that they are safe to drive. However, severe fatigue and exhaustion impact driving abilities in a manner very similar to alcohol. The longer you go without sleep, the harder it becomes to focus on driving.

Exhaustion can also increase your reaction times, making it harder for you to respond to changes in traffic and potential collision risks nearby. If you wind up in a crash caused by a driver who is drunk or visibly exhausted, you may be able to hold them accountable for dangerous driving practices that caused property damage or injury. The same is true for distracted drivers who cause collisions.

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