Whether you are going to work by car, motorcycle or bicycle, there is always some level of risk while on the road. Accidents are inevitable. They happen frequently and can be devastating.
There are certain times when driving, riding a motorcycle, or bicycle is more dangerous than at other times, and not everyone is aware of this.
Understanding when it is most dangerous to be on the road can help drivers and cyclists plan their driving times and increase their level of awareness if they must be on the road during these times.
Driving at night is by far the most dangerous time to drive. Limited visibility can lead to a driver missing an object that is in the middle of the road, missing traffic signs or construction sites.
If you are not used to driving late at night, you are especially prone to being in a car accident at night because you can fall asleep at the wheel. Your body is used to sleeping during those hours, and it’s difficult to fight your body so you can remain awake.
It is common to feel drowsy and sleepy at night. If you must drive during this time, try driving with someone else, take frequent breaks, ensure you are well-rested and that you are not taking any medications that could impair your ability to drive.
Driving in adverse weather can be dangerous for many reasons, especially in the winter and in areas of the country where there is snow and ice. Even if you are driving in a milder climate, you can still be at risk due to wind, dust storms, fog and other natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
Driving or cycling to and from work during rush hour is also a dangerous time to be on the road. Traffic congestion is high, and people are in a rush to reach their destination. The constant stop-and-go can also cause drivers to reach for their phones while they are stuck in traffic and listen to loud music, which can be distracting and lead to inattentive driving.
Driving and cycling on our busy roadways will always carry risks. Traveling during daytime hours, in good weather and being well rested to can all help reduce your exposure to accidents. Remaining alert and being knowledgeable of the risks can help you plan, look for alternative routes when necessary and foresee potential issues before they happen.