Which is the Most Dangerous Day of the Year to Drive?
Which days of the year is the most dangerous to drive?
It’s the unofficial start to summer. Everyone is in a good mood on the beach or at a barbecue. It is also the most dangerous day to be on the road in the entire year.
According to the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 100 people on average die in traffic accidents each day in the United States. However, however Memorial Day weekend, about 400 people will die in accidents, an average of more than 130 per day.
Often Memorial Day Ranks Worst
Memorial Day weekend is the perfect storm for a spike in traffic deaths. Many more vehicles on the road and more impaired drivers.
After surviving months of cold weather in many parts of the country, Memorial Day is usually the first chance friends and family get to spend outdoors enjoying a barbecue or cookout. More than 36 million Americans travel more than 50 miles on that weekend, according to the American Automobile Association. Combine alcohol consumption and crowded roads and it is easy to see why that weekend is the most dangerous of the year on America’s roads. More than 40 percent of the fatalities from the typical Memorial Day weekend are directly the result of drunk driving.
Surprisingly, the number of traffic death during the typical holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s are below average. On average, the three-day Thanksgiving holiday (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) sees about 260 traffic deaths. In addition, the three days around New Year’s typically has about 245 fatalities. The three days around Christmas have about 230. On average, the number of daily traffic deaths is about 81 over the holidays, less than the normal average of around 100.
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