It would be tempting to think that most accidents happen during the winter months when the roads are icy and during the holidays when there’s a lot of traffic on the roads. Not so, according to data analysis by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. It’s actually August. Tennessee drivers should be aware of this report since August is the month Tennessee children go back to school. The IIHS also concluded that Friday afternoon is the most dangerous time of the week. The good news is that school buses are still safer than riding in any other vehicle.
Why August is the worst time to be on the roads
IIHS based its conclusions on the following factors: In the summer, drivers travel more miles and there’s more traffic. Summer drivers tend to speed and to drive while they are under the influence of alcohol – both of which are extremely dangerous for school children. Speeding and not wearing one’s seat belt are also major contributors both to the accidents themselves, and the injuries that result form those collisions.
A Nationwide Insurance study revealed that, for August 2016, nearly 61,000 vehicle accidents were reported to the insurance company. This was the most for any month in the last four years. Between 2012 and 2016, nearly 16,000 people were hurt or died in vehicle accidents in August.
During the five years (2012 to 2016), IIHS found that there were 505 traffic deaths on August 2, the worst for any day of the year.
Some of the reasons for auto accidents that may influence high August numbers include:
- Congested traffic
- Quick accelerations
- Long idling time
Nationwide’s study found that drivers were most aggressive between 9am and 4pm on Fridays. Hard-braking and fast accelerations are indicators of aggressive driving.
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