When it comes to driving, not all days are created equally. Statistics indicate that there are certain days of the year when it is more dangerous to drive than others. While many of these days fall on a holiday, there are a few that might surprise you.
Here are the Top 10 most dangerous days to drive:
- Fourth of July. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data, the Fourth of July ranked as the deadliest day to be on the road from 2000-2013. Traffic congestion and alcohol consumption are key contributing factors. In fact, according to IIHS data, July 4th is the second deadliest day of the year for drunken drivers with 42 percent of accidents involving at least one driver testing over the limit.
- Memorial Day weekend. This holiday is considered the kick-off to summer, but too many cars on the road, combined with alcohol-fueled parties result in more accidents and car accident fatalities. On average there are 13.1 percent more traffic deaths than on a non-holiday weekend. Approximately 400 people die during a typical Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Alcohol consumption resulted in 44 percent of all traffic fatalities over the holiday weekend.
- Daylight saving time. A new study, “Spring Forward at your Own Risk: Daylight Saving Time and Fatal Vehicle Crashes,” found that during the first six days of daylight saving time there were 302 driving-related deaths. Even more surprising, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System discovered a 17 percent increase in traffic fatalities on the Monday after the shift to Daylight Savings Time.
- Black Friday. Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. There are 60 to 70 million shoppers at local malls trying to snag the best deals. All of the cars, combined with holiday stress and a competition for parking spaces, lead to a record number of parking lot accidents. Progressive Insurance examined its data and discovered that from 2010 to 2011 the number of claims on Black Friday doubled and parking lot claims increased by 36 percent.
- NFL Game Day. Your favorite team losing, may increase your odds of getting into a car accident, according to a study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). Increases ranged from 8.2 percent to a staggering 79.7 percent! A home-team win lessens the increase with collision claims rising by only 3.2 percent. A loss, led to aggressive driving with accident claims jumping 9.4 percent. The collision effect was highest for the New Orleans Saints stadium (35.3 percent), followed by the Detroit Lions (28.5 percent). The Pittsburgh Steelers round out the top three with a 22 percent increase.
- Friday the 13th. Data from 2004 to 2013 found that collision claims went up roughly 13 percent on Friday the 13th when compared to other days in the same month. Ironically, it made no difference what season Friday the 13th fell; the numbers always went up, winter, spring, summer and fall.
- New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day, not New Year’s Eve always ranks in the top five deadliest days to drive. No surprise, alcohol is a major factor. January 1st ranked as the No. 1 day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data.
- Thanksgiving. This holiday ranks as one of the busiest travel times of the year. As Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday, most travelers head out on Wednesday, making it the busiest travel day of the holiday.
- Christmas. The holidays can be stressful, and that can lead to accidents. Data from the HLDI reveal that collision claims increase by roughly 20 percent in December. The six days around Christmas were particularly deadly, with accident numbers that were 27 percent higher than New Year’s Eve. Holiday stress combined with congestion on the roads can lead to more aggressive driving. A State Farm survey found that 32 percent of drivers were more likely to show signs of aggression or road rage during the holidays.
- St. Patrick’s Day. When it comes to this holiday, consider a designated driver your “lucky charm.” St. Patrick’s Day is considered one of the biggest drinking holidays, which is why it is one of the most dangerous days to drive. NHTSA statistics reveal that 276 people were killed over St. Patrick’s Day weekends from 2009 to 2013. Two out of five car accident fatalities over St. Patrick’s Day involved drinking. After midnight is the most dangerous time to be on the road.
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