Auto Accidents Highest on Fridays

A new study released by Nationwide Insurance has found that Mondays and Tuesdays are the safest days of the week to drive. The company analyzed claims from the past 10 months of 2012 and found that the majority of claims come in on Fridays with Wednesdays at a close second followed by Thursday. An analyst with Nationwide theorized that the reason Fridays are the least safe because most commuters are preoccupied with beginning their weekends.

Here are some driving reminders that can help make your Fridays safer:

Don’t Speed

Running late? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) says speeding is a prevalent cause of auto accidents. In 2008, speeding was a contributing factor in 31% of all fatal accidents. So, if you think you’ll make it to the office on time by speeding, think again.

Avoid Distractions

Whether you’re singing along to the radio or chatting on your cell phone, remember that being distracted behind the wheel can delay reaction times up to 20%. Eating, applying makeup, or interacting with passengers also distracts you in deadly ways. Always remember to keep your attention on the road.

Don’t Drive Drowsy

A study conducted by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has reported that 20% of all accidents account sleepiness as a contributing factor. Being just a little drowsy can be enough to increase your risk of getting into an accident, so be sure to get plenty of sleep every night.

Wear Your Seat Belt

Worn properly, seat belts prevent you from being thrown around inside your car or, worse, thrown from your car during an accident. NHTSA says more than half of all accident fatalities result from lack of seat belt use, so buckle up.

Poor Weather

When driving through bad weather use extra caution.  You should reduce your speed, if necessary, and maintain lots of extra space between you and the car ahead. When visibility is so limited that the edges of the road or other vehicles cannot be seen at a safe distance, it is time to pull over and wait for the weather to ease up. It is best to stop at rest areas or other protected spots.  If the roadside is your only option, however, pull off as far as possible, preferably past the end of a guard rail, and wait a few minutes until the storm passes. Keep your headlights on, and turn on emergency flashers to alert other drivers.  If possible, stay off the road during heavy thunderstorms or snow storms. Large flashes of lightning can temporarily blind and disorient drivers, and the accompanying high winds and heavy rain can create deadly driving conditions.

Be safe out there!

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