Every time you get on the road and drive, there is risk. Accidents happen, even to the best drivers, and can be devastating and leave behind life-changing consequences.
While there is always a risk, there are certain times when it is riskier to be on the road. Driving during the day is not the same as driving at night, and driving on a sunny day is not the same as driving during a winter storm. As such, you must consider the time of day and where you drive.
Adverse weather conditions
Driving during the winter, in the middle of a snow or ice storm, increases your risk significantly. Even in other climates, however, where it does not snow, exposure to high winds and fog can increase your risk of an accident. Ensure you check the weather in your area before getting on the road.
Driving at night
Driving at night is the most dangerous time to drive. Most accidents happen at night due to low visibility, falling asleep at the wheel, drowsiness or being on medication that affects a driver’s ability to drive normally.
In addition to the above, it is easy to miss objects on the road, construction sites and traffic signs when it is dark outside. If you must drive at night, ensure you are extra careful and if you can, drive with someone else and take turns driving.
Special events and holidays
It is also dangerous to drive when there are special events in town, which can increase traffic significantly. Holidays have the same effect, and both expose you to additional risks, such as clashing with a drunk driver or a driver under the influence of drugs.
While you are always at risk if you drive, there are times when it is more dangerous to do so. It is critical to be aware of those times, which allows you to plan ahead and take action to lower your risks. It is important to be mindful and aware of these risks for the safety of you and everyone else on the road.