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Dangerous Driving Statistics

  We at Pro Towing in Edmonton want you to be safe as possible on our roads.  Actually on any road in this country.

Therefore, we are providing you some statistics we have researched that may be of value to you, to keep in mind next time you are behind the wheel. ​The number one priority of any driver is foremost the protection of yourself and your passengers. It does not matter if you believe yourself to be the safest driver in the world, other drivers on the road can cause collisions with their recklessness. However, you can not control the behavior and driving habits of others, so it is best that you protect yourself and not rely on other people driving safely. By knowing the most dangerous driving conditions, you can decrease your risk of accident.
 
Being safe and alert is your top most priority when driving at all times, however below are some situations in which you should have your full attention on the roads and be driving as carefully as you are able, regardless of your driving abilities. Based off the number of fatalities on the road, the following information has been sourced from the NHTSA and AAA to tell you the most dangerous:
 
TIME OF DAY
 
It is estimated that the most dangerous time of day to be driving is from 5 pm to 7 pm. Drivers are tired after working long hours, the roads during rush hour are slow and congested, and they want to get home as soon as possible makes these times of day especially dangerous.
 
Alternatively, however, by looking at the highest rate of percentages per the amount of people on the road, the most dangerous time of day is from midnight to 4 am. Generally, it is best to keep these two time periods in mind when driving, regardless of which one you commute in.
 
DAY OF THE WEEK
 
Unfortunately, Saturday. The average number of traffic fatalities on this day is 158 people, which is almost twice the amount that happens on average during a weekday. It is best to avoid driving on Saturdays.
 
TIME OF THE MONTH
 
August is the most dangerous month of the year for driving, according to reports from the NHTSA, which is seconded by September and June. It is best, especially for teen drivers, to be aware the whole summer season. As much as having fun on your summer vacation is inevitable and encouraged, it is best to remember your driving safety rules and what you learned from drivers ed to make sure it is done without accident.
 
DATE
 
The most dangerous days to drive in Canada are the days leading up to Christmas. While it is impossible to ask people to stay off the roads during that holiday, it is best to drive carefully and more alert than usual due to the traffic and winter conditions. Ontarians make the most collision claims on December 21st, with Alberta and New Brunswick on December 23rd.
 
HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO DRIVE
 
The most dangerous holiday weekend to be driving is the Thanksgiving weekend. Due to the high traffic of people travelling to get together with their families, it makes the risk of motor accidents all the higher. So, it is best to stay alert and prepared for the slick winter conditions and to plan ahead if you are travelling during this weekend.
 
SEASON
 
Winter is the most dangerous season to be on the road, but especially during the first snowstorm. The whole of the winter season does not result in as many accidents and road fatalities as when the first snow falls. It is 14% more likely to get into the fender-bender on the first day of a snowfall than later in the winter season.
 
HIGHWAYS
 
While it is estimated that more than half of all fatalities happen on rural roads, that does not mean that highways are not dangerous places. Some of the most dangerous highways in Canada are:
 

The 50 kilometer stretch on Highway 11 from Lac du Bonnet and Traverse Bay in Manitoba, which is considered the province’s most dangerous highway. Highway 103 along the South Shore of Nova Scotia has had 10 people die last year. According to the provincial Department of Transportation, 29 people have been killed in crashes on Highway 103 since 2006. The Trans Canada Highway in Headingley, which is a very busy highway that has about 18,000 vehicles driving on it daily. It is also one of the remaining stretches of undivided highway in Manitoba, which has seen more than 100 accidents in recent times, some of which turned fatal. Highway 63 in Alberta. In recent years, 22 people have died and more than 250 people have been injured on this narrow highway. A single-lane park highway between Banff and the British Columbia boundary, which has had a number of horrific accidents in recent years.  

With this, you now have the knowledge of the most dangerous times and conditions for driving, along with which highways to avoid. In doing so, you can control and protect yourself and your passengers when you are driving. However, it is important to remember that collisions are not caused by just the car or circumstances, they are caused by other drivers. In the event that you do not feel completely confident about your driving, do not take the chances.
 
Instead, you may wish to take a defensive driving program in order to further prepare yourself. That way, in turn, you can learn the newest driving techniques, how to handle risky situations, and to stay calm and confident while on the road.