Many people do not have the freedom to choose when they drive. If you have to head to the office at 8:00 a.m., you have to get into that morning rush hour traffic. If your job has you work the late shift, you may have to drive home during the middle of the night.
You also know that rush hour can increase the risk of auto accidents due to traffic congestion, and that driving at night can prove to be more dangerous because there are often more impaired drivers on the road. If you do have the freedom to pick and choose when you drive, does that mean the middle of the day is the safest time?
There are always risks
The bad news is that you always face some level of risk when you drive. You can be safe yourself, but there’s no perfect tactic for avoiding other negligent or high-risk drivers. It’s just not possible.
That being said, the times noted above are some of the most dangerous, along with the stretch after 3:00 p.m., when school gets out and teen drivers flood the roads. If you can drive after the morning rush is over and before 3:00, you likely have the safest possible roads.
Avoiding night driving is always better. Not only are there more impaired drivers, but reduced visibility makes accidents more likely. The roads are relatively empty, but the crash rate on those roads shows that you’re actually in some of the greatest danger you could ever face.
If you do get injured in a car accident at any time of day, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and losses.