The Worst Days and Times to Drive

Choosing the Best Commute Time

Timing is everything in life, and that can also be true when it comes to driving. Although it may not come to mind at first, drivers should be well aware of the most inopportune times to drive so they can reduce their chances of being involved in an accident, or at the very least reduce their chances of being inconvenienced by heavy traffic. Certain times and days on the road should be avoided whenever possible.

Be Alert in the Summer Time

The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is when most high school and college students are on summer vacation. It’s also a time when car accidents are on the rise. Specifically, it's the fact that younger drivers are more likely to drink and drive that makes their age group so dangerous. Additionally, young drivers lack the experience necessary to drive as safe as possible due to their impulsive desire to drive while distracted with things like texting or girl watching.

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Driving During the Holidays

The holidays can be another dangerous time to drive. Drivers are excited to get to their destination as quickly as possible, sometimes driving long distances and long hours. Some of the deadliest accidents involve cars and heavy trucks traveling at high speeds through desolate places like Texas. A Dallas truck accident attorney suggests using extreme caution while driving near semi-trucks during the holidays or any other time of the year for that matter.

Driving in Bad Weather

Some of the worst times to drive are during days of inclement or severe weather. Seasoned drivers know that driving in the rain or snow can be a challenge, not to mention dangerous. Heavy rain can impair a driver’s ability to see the road and other cars. In addition, rain mixed with oil droppings on the road can cause a slippery surface and uncontrollable conditions to occur. If you must drive somewhere in the rain, slow down and be cautious.

It's a Matter of Time

The ideal time of day to be on the road can vary by city and region. In large metropolitan areas, the worst times to drive are the morning and evening rush hours since everyone typically has the same work hours at their jobs. Naturally, with this many cars on the road at the same time, accidents are more likely to happen. It’s a good idea to discuss with your boss the possibility of changing work hours to an earlier or later time to avoid the morning and afternoon traffic rush.