If you clicked on this article thinking “It’s Monday, for sure” you’re in for a shock.
Nationwide Insurance analyzed accident claims from this year and found an average of 4,664 claims occurred on a Friday. That’s right, the day you live all week for could be the day you die if you don’t slow down and pay more attention to your driving.
Bill Windsor, associate vice president of safety at Nationwide, told AOL Autos the reason behind Friday being doomsday comes down to one simple factor: “Everybody is anxious to start their weekends, so they’re all thinking about something other than focusing on their driving.”
Wednesdays came in second as the most dangerous commuting day, followed by Thursday and then Monday. Tuesday is the day drivers seem to be watching the roads the most.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 5PM to 7PM is the most dangerous time of day to drive. Not coincidentally, this is the height of end-of-day commute time, with drivers anxious to get home for the evening.
Nationwide says about half of all accidents happen during commuting hours—not bad weather days or holiday driving as most people assume (although the first day after a snowstorm and Thanksgiving weekend are also highly dangerous times to drive with more accidents).
The two most common types of accidents that occur during commuting hours are being rear-ended or rear-ending another vehicle, according to The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS).
The solution for prevention seems embarrassingly blatant—stop tailgating the car in front of you or move to another lane if you’re the one being tailgated. Leave a 3-4 second driving distance between you and the car in front of you. If the weather is rainy or the roads wet, double the distance.
Most important, Windsor says STOP TEXTING. Not only is it illegal in many states, it distracts drivers from the road.
“Drivers have to expect the unexpected, because unfortunately, there are a lot of distracted drivers out there. Because of that, you need to know that just because a car has its signal going, it might go the exact opposite way.”
NETS adds the following precautions:
Watch Your Speed
Drivers need time to react to sudden moves made by other cars. Give yourself time and distance to react.
Lead By Example
If it drives you nuts when other drivers don’t signal, brake often, and can’t stay at a steady speed, follow all the rules yourself to show them how it’s done!
Do a full mirror sweep (sides and rear view) every 5-6 seconds to make sure something isn’t happening behind or next to you that you should be aware of.