Perhaps, for once, it’s a good thing that it’s Monday, if such a thing were possible.
Research from accident management company Accident Exchange suggests that Friday evenings in November are the most dangerous time at which to be driving.
The combination of the wet conditions, the wettest in the year as it happens, and drivers still struggling to adjust to the loss of the light stolen from them by Daylight Saving mean that collisions and crashes are unfortunately very much the order of the day for motorists travelling between 5 and 6pm on the last weekday evenings of this month.
The figures, gathered over the course of five years and reported by the Telegraph, were collated from analysis of more than 200,000 incidents since 2005.
November accounts for 9.2 % of all the UK’s road accidents over the course of the year, with December being responsible for 8.9%
No matter what of time of year it is, Fridays carry an inherently greater risk of car accidents by virtue of being the busiest day of the week – drivers are twice as likely to come to grief on the road on this day than they are on the week’s calmest, Sunday.
“The statistics are just a word of warning at a time when driving conditions start to change for the worse for the winter months,” Lee Woodley of Accident Exchange told the paper. “However the factors contributing to an accident are so numerous that the best advice is to remain vigilant at all times and to drive to the conditions around you.”
‘Vigilance’ will lower the number of accidents
The vigilance which Mr Woodley urges is incumbent on all road users. Road safety is a peculiar notion in that it is so simple to maintain. Lapses in safety and the resultant car crashes tend to be the result of factors that could all be easily eradicated or at the very least much improved.
From personal observations I have noted that impatience seems to be the biggest contributor to accidents on the road. If it’s Friday and it’s dark, grumpy drivers will be anxious to get home and crack open a bottle of wine (if they’re that way inclined).
After a full-time week of work, during which most people will have been sitting at a desk for forty-five hours in total, to then have to sit nose-to-tail in a queue of traffic is probably not the best method by which to achieve relaxation.
This means that, when traffic eventually gets going, drivers feel that they have lost time. They are more likely to be feeling aggressive and this in turn will lead to tailgating and speeding. If there is one ideal recipe for car crashes it is darkness, damp road surfaces, excess speed and following the car in front too closely.
There’s not much anyone can do about the first two factors, so it’s up to Britain’s impatient motorists to calm down. After all, the journey is long enough without sitting on the hard shoulder swapping insurance details.
Source: The Telegraph