You could get into a crash any time you go out for a drive, but there are certain times when specific risks are higher. Knowing about statistical driving trends can help you minimize your personal risk for a wreck.
The winter sees an increase in numerous crash risk factors. What are some of the more dangerous seasonal issues that affect your safety on the winter roads?
More potential for inclement weather
Ohio can see some very serious winter weather. High winds, cold temperatures and large amounts of precipitation can all contribute to your crash risk. Extreme weather is especially dangerous when drivers do not adjust their speeds or habits to reflect the road conditions.
More days with a high drunk driving risk
People drink too much all year round, but there are certain days where drunk drivers tend to cause more crashes. Major holidays and the weekends right before or after them are among the most dangerous days of the year for drunk driving wrecks. Other people over-indulging at parties and then trying to drive home could put you and your loved ones at risk.
More hours of darkness and reduced visibility
Both the nighttime and the transitional times of day are times when your crash risk increases. The longer it stays dark outside, the more likely someone is to get into a visibility-related crash. Shifting sunset and sunrise times during the winter months may also mean that you have to travel to and from work during dusk or dawn, so that puts you on the road when your risk is highest.
Recognizing the unique seasonal risks that make major crashes a winter concern can help you stay safer on the road.