Every time you turn on the engine of your car and get on the road, you run the risk of being in an accident. It is inevitable, and when accidents happen, they can be devastating and catastrophic.
Most drivers would prefer to minimize that risk as much as possible. One way of doing that is by knowing when it is most dangerous to be on the road.
Driving in the midst of a snow or ice storm is dangerous, as is speeding anytime, there is water on the pavement.
However, most people are not aware that there are other dangers related to weather that they should be aware of, such as fog, which decreases visibility, and wind, which can lead to the loss of control of your vehicle.
In addition, depending on where you live or vacation, you should always consider the weather where you are. For example, if you are vacationing in a tropical climate or by the water, do not forget about hurricanes and tornadoes.
Special events and holidays
Whether it is a football game or a concert, cities tend to draw athletes and celebrities from all around the world. Some of these events are extremely popular, leading to high attendance, which results in high traffic.
In addition, many people drink before or after these events, adding the risk of encountering a drunk driver.
If you have to drive during a special event or holiday, look for alternative routes that are not as commonly used as highways, and remember that it does not have to be you who caused the accident.
Drunk drivers cause many accidents, and in many of these, they hit other vehicles carrying passengers who are not drunk. They simply happened to be there when the drunk driver drove by.
During the night
Nighttime is the most dangerous time to drive. If possible, you should avoid driving at night, especially if you are not used to it.
If you must drive at night, find someone to accompany you to ensure that you do not fall asleep at the wheel and make sure you are not taking any medication that could further impair your driving, aside from the already low visibility that comes with driving at night.
Driving to and from work is also a riskier time to drive. People are in a hurry, often distracted and having to regularly stop your vehicle while stuck in traffic can easily tempt you to pull out your phone, turn up the radio or do something else to entertain yourself while you wait.
However, these actions are dangerous because they take your eyes off the road. When you drive, no matter where or when your eyes must always be on the road, and you must be prepared to respond if another vehicle comes too close, is heading toward you or if you need to stop for any other reason.
Driving is a privilege that many take for granted. It is certainly an efficient way of getting from A to Z. It is critical to keep in mind that every time you get behind the wheel, you put yourself and your passengers at risk of an accident.
Make sure you know the risks every time you get on the road, and do everything you can to minimize those risks.