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What makes the morning commute so dangerous?

On Behalf of | May 19, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Crashes can occur at any time. Yet, when you look at crash statistics, you’ll see that a high proportion of them occur during the morning commute.

Why is this and what can you do to stay safe? Here’s some guidance that may help:

The volume of traffic is simply larger

A lot of people start work between 8 am and 9 am. That is when the standard U.S. working day starts. The more drivers you have to share the road with, the higher the chance that someone makes a mistake.

The volume of traffic leads to frustration

A lot of cars means a lot of hold-ups. People do not drive at their best when stressed about being late for work. It’s also the same time that a lot of schools start, so you have the additional pressure on parents to get their kids to school on time as well as get themselves to work on time.

The frustration can make people do stupid things, such as trying to overtake when there is not enough space, or undertaking someone they feel is slowing them down. 

People are not fully focused on driving

Some drivers use their morning commute to have their breakfast. Others use it to start looking through work emails or making calls for the day. All such things take vital attention away from the road.

So, what can you do to stay safer?

If you have the option to take public transport to work, consider that. Or see if you can ask your boss to adjust your hours to start earlier or later and avoid the rush. Other than that, all you can do is take great care, and know that if an accident occurs, there are legal options available to help you recover from your losses. If you’re involved in a wreck during your morning commute, it’s always wisest to find out more about your rights.