• Jan 23, 2009
Automobiles have become safer over the years, yet every time you get in a car, you're rolling the Reaper's dice. On average, 110 people die on the road each and every day. While many accident fatalities can be attributed to drinking and driving, not wearing a safety belt or reckless driving, some of the danger is compounded by the time of day people are on the road.

Forbes has compiled a litany of data showing which times are the the least safe to get behind the wheel, and the numbers are startling. For example, the most dangerous time of the day to drive is the afternoon rush hour. Between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m., there are an average of 6.6 deaths per hour in the US. While the afternoon wins on volume, the most dangerous time per driver on the road is between midnight and 4 a.m. According to the publication's findings, 5.87 people per 100 million on the road at this time never make it home. 36 during daylight hours. Of the people killed on the road after midnight, 71 during the day.

The study also took into account the top days to die in an auto accident. Despite a diminished rush hour, Saturday is the deadliest day of the week, with 158 fatalities per day. The most deadly month? August. Worst day of the year to be on the road? The Fourth of July, by far. And if you are making travel plans for the Thanksgiving weekend, take a plane. It's the most dangerous holiday weekend to be on the road. Hit the read link below to view the Forbes story in its entirety. It won't make you want to swear off driving, but it may make you think twice about when you drive.

[Source: Forbes]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      With very nearly all traffic enforcement focussed on revenue instead of correcting dangerous driving this is hardly surprising.

      If they spent half the time sending aggressive and distracted drivers to traffic school that they do sending unlucky speeders to the court cashier this problem would start to go away.

      If they locked up drunk drivers and threw away the key it'd really start to go away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting how this propaganda blog is always bashing anything American where again in this case they whine about auto deaths in this country but the photo of a smashed 4 banger POS, notice the license plates and you see it is not even in USA, nor is it American building designs.
      Taking anything Forbes says is taken as a grain of salt, worse is using it as fact.
      Saying Aug is a worse month then Jan is quite dumb as we all know people drive far less in the winter, plus all you joystickers are not in school in Aug and smash the hell out of us with your riceballs or 4 bangers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Saying Aug is a worse month then Jan is quite easy as we all know people drive far less in the winter, plus all students are not in school in Aug and have therefore more time to roam the streets."

        There fixed that for you and not saying you're wrong, one time is worse than others because more people are on the street and at nights people tend to speed more and are more likely to be drunk.... ...but we all know that since long.

        "Taking anything Forbes says is taken as a grain of salt, worse is using it as fact."

        I'm not really sure what you are trying to express putting these words together in this order but all the data that was collected from forbes does reflect the above specified point in every way. How does that make it untrue?

        "Interesting how this propaganda blog is always bashing anything American where again in this case they whine about auto deaths in this country but the photo of a smashed 4 banger POS, notice the license plates and you see it is not even in USA, nor is it American building designs."

        Is your native language English? I'm just asking because it's not my native language, I wanted to learn it some 15 years ago. Meh, you should know that on AB sometimes they just take a random picture to give the article a face, or to empathize the article itself.

        Get over it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you Google search an image for "auto crash", the picture of the Renault and the tree is the first picture large enough to put up. So STFU and stop crying like a little b****.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Were you crying while typing that post?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate it when thin trees jump in front of me like that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, what did you do to cheese off the tree?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, our highways are more lethal to US citizens than Iraq was to our military.

      But let's not let the facts get in the way of prosecuting BushCo and keeping our local politicos and bureaucracies well fed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Will: "The real cost is the to Iraqi citizens, who are experiencing a death toll similar to a "9/11" every week, for a country with a population several times smaller than our own."

        You forgot to mention that the Iraqi death toll is being perpetrated by their own, not the US (Sunni vs. Shea primarily with Iran and Al-Queda assistance).

        But, like the New 'Bama Times, that goes without saying, doesn't it? We wouldn't want facts to get in the way of Change We Can Believe In.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The real cost is the to Iraqi citizens, who are experiencing a death toll similar to a "9/11" every week, for a country with a population several times smaller than our own. Then there are the millions of refugees from civil fighting and infrastructure destruction.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's that following the van?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some type of boat-porta-potty... thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a Duck Boat from the new local startup tour company!

        "And on your left folks is a mock up accident of a Renault hitting a tree! Had the vehicle been of the US Safety regulation variety, the tree would be tooth pics" and on your right....
        • 5 Years Ago
        That "porta-potty" thing is most likely a bus stop (could be phone booth, but seems to big for that distance considering it's further away than the van).
        However, "that" is not a boat, but rather a mini-trailer:
        http://pricepi_i_polupricepi.furgon-info.ru/files/pricepi_i_polupricepi/gallery/e16e3fd6c4957e67063d9e96059b1a98.jpg
        It still looks like it's traveling on its own; it's just too far behind the van.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Hiace and the mini trailer are both parked on the curb. Had to look really good too, because it seemed to be following the van.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here in Orange County, CA, anytime between 4 a.m. to about 3.45 a.m is a bad time to drive. The other 15 minutes are so-so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anytime between 2:00-3:00 and within sight of any American high school. It seems every male has to smoke the tires or on the winter try and drift as they pull out. The girls seem intent on texting either someone they spent the entire day with or talking the seven people in the back seat. Neither cares anyone else who may be driving by.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I got off work at 3:45 one day, and decided to come straight home. Hella teens were getting of school and crowding the streets like a plague. Some 16 or so year old girl texting while driving mangled my rear end at a stoplight. She claims I "appeared out of nowhere" I was still ordered to fix my own car by the court. Like I purposely hit reverse into the little girl's car or something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. And to think... only 3 or 4 years ago, I was one of those teens that did that stupid stuff in the parking lot at the school. *hangs head in shame*
        • 5 Years Ago
        i still can't believe people can't seem to make wearing their safety restrainment system a good habit. shiet man, buckle up
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whats even worse is the insurance companies charge those guys doing burnouts and wrecking their own car more a year for insurance then the girls who don't pay attention and wreck other people's cars...

        A crazy world we live in, yes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like how Forbes links to itself as the source for why speeding is a leading cause of fatalities... then in quoting themselves, they list the increased fatality rate of increased speed but fail to back that up with a statistical backing of the number of crashes/deaths caused by speeding in comparison to other causes.

      Fellow autoblog readers will probably say "speeding" = going too fast for the conditions. That would be a true statement, but Forbes doesn't seem to make this clear.

      From their implied line of logic, you could very well say that every crash on the unrestricted autobahn is fatal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't understand...isn't it simply correlational to the types of behaviors people practice at different times of day (e.g. there are more drunk drivers out at night on weekends)?
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the 80.s , the message on both sides of my wrecker was::

      Drink more booze ,it's good for my business!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even though statistically driving is 60 times more dangerous than flying, I'd rather drive if it's under 500 miles. Being in control feels good.
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