From 2010 to 2014, two days in August saw 1,082 car accident fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), August 2nd and August 27th have been the two most dangerous days in the month to drive. As a whole, the month of August has consistently been the most dangerous of the year to drive. Why is this the trend?

Warmer Conditions Lead to More Drivers

silver car speeding around a corner During the summer months, more individuals and families take vacations. When there are more drivers on the roads, the likelihood of fatalities greatly increases. The age range of drivers also expands in the summer, due to teenagers being on vacation from school. The 100 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day are considered the deadliest for teen drivers.

Fast Facts About August Driving

Surprisingly, about 1,000 more auto accidents occur in August than January. Many of us assume that the snow and ice of winter leads to more accidents, but the NHTSA data factors in more than weather conditions. Summertime leads to more drunk driving incidents, speeding and decreased seatbelt use because the road conditions are not considered to be as dangerous as the winter months.

The Most Dangerous Times to Drive

Regardless of month, the NHTSA has also outlined the most dangerous days and times of day to drive. In a previous blog article, we noted that August is the peak month for accidents. The most dangerous days and times to drive have also remained the same. Friday and Saturday still lead with the highest number of fatal accidents, as do the timeframes of 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A close third, driving from 9:00 p.m. to midnight also increases your chances of a fatal accident.

Always Be Cautious Behind the Wheel

When the summer comes to an end, defensive driving should not fade away along with it. Although August sees the most fatal accidents, the month only leads by a one or two percent margin over the other 11 months of the year. Drunk, distracted and speeding drivers are on the roads at all times. According to the NHTSA, car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for individuals up to age 34.

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