When Are You at the Greatest Risk for a Crash in Pennsylvania?
October 1st, 2018 by Wapner Newman
Before you buckle up and head out for a leisurely drive to visit the Philadelphia Zoo or take the kids to a long-awaited trip to Longwood Gardens, you might want to look at both the calendar and the clock. After all, statistics say that certain times of the day–not to mention days of the week–put drivers at higher risk of car accidents.
Days of the Week to Avoid Getting Behind the Wheel
According to a recent report by a local Pennsylvania news station, you’re better off staying inside on Fridays and Saturdays. Generally speaking, those days see a surge in car crashes, which isn’t surprising. Many workers leave early on Fridays to get a jumpstart on their weekends, and Saturday is a busy time for people catching up on everything from entertainment to excursions to kids’ sports practices and games.
Spring and Fall Are the Busiest Road Months
If you assumed that summer was the worst time to be in a car in Pennsylvania, you’d be wrong. Actually, May and June are statistically less safe than any other months of the year. September and October come in a close second due to the proliferation of deer bounding around Pennsylvania’s roadways, back roads, and even city streets in Easton, West Chester, and Lancaster.
Check Your Smartphone for the Time
Have you ever driven at an “off” time along the turnpike or Blue Route and felt like you were one of only a few drivers on the road? Information gathered by AAA states that driving between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. is safest, albeit not everyone’s cup of tea (especially night owls.) The worst times to be on the road, in terms of accident likeliness? Avoid 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. if you can; it’s when kids get out of school and the majority of first shift or traditional shift employees hit the highways.
Holidays Are More Fun When You’re Safe
According to the American Safety Council, you should get to your destination a day or more early–or stay at home instead–rather than navigating roads and streets during the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Labor Day, New Year’s Day, and Memorial Day. Even if you don’t get into a crash, you’ll be stuck in traffic jams. Still not convinced to keep your car in the garage? Bring along plenty of water and snacks, not to mention some games for the kids to play. And be vigilant–drive without distractions and let passengers make phone calls, text, and deal with the GPS system.
Get Safely From Points A to B
Per the 2017 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics booklet, 128,188 traffic incidents were reported that year, taking more than 1,100 lives and injuring tens of thousands. Although the rate of 1.12 fatalities for each million miles driven on Pennsylvania’s roads was the lowest in recorded history for the Commonwealth, it’s still too high.
To be sure, you can’t always plan out when you need to be on the road, but when you have a little freedom to map when you leave, take precautions. Drive when the weather isn’t bad (if possible) and in places with lighter traffic. Yes, it can be a bit cumbersome to shop for groceries during “off” times or to head out earlier to work, but it could literally save your or someone else’s life.
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