If you typically drive home from the office on a Friday daydreaming about the weekend’s plans, you might want to refocus your thoughts and save the fun until you arrive safely home.
According to a recent study by Nationwide Insurance, Friday was found to be the most dangerous day of the week for driving, with an average of 4,664 insurance claims per day. Over half of these accidents happen during commuting hours, making driving to work much more risky that people may realize.
What’s the cause? Experts surmise that Friday drivers are distracted by thoughts of weekend plans or in a rush home to get started on them, so their attention is not as focused on driving as on other days of the week. Studies also reported that rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of accidents to occur during commuting hours.
So what can you do to keep yourself safe while driving to and from work on Fridays and any other day of the week for that matter?
Don’t tailgate. With most commuting accidents involving rear-end collisions, keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front of you can go a long way toward preventing an accident. Safety experts recommend leaving at least 3 to 4 seconds of driving distance between you and the car in front of you. If roads are wet or slippery, that distance should be doubled. Similarly, if you notice someone tailgating you, switch lanes and let them pass.
Keep your eyes on the road. While it’s an obvious suggestion, it’s a valuable one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that you’re 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving. Distracted driving doesn’t just include cell phone use. Eating, putting on makeup, using your navigation system, or adjusting your stereo can all take your eyes and mind off the road and put you and others in danger. For the safest commute, keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.