Fourth of July Weekend — Not Winter — Is Most Deadly Travel Time

“The vast majority of Americans interviewed in a new national poll believe winter is the most dangerous time for driving, but the truth is this coming Fourth of July weekend often is the deadliest time.”

Survey findings from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) demonstrate that an “overwhelming” 83 percent of Americans consider winter to be “the most dangerous season to be driving on rural roadways.” Just eight percent believe summer is the most dangerous time, while four percent found spring the most dangerous time, and four percent see fall as the most dangerous time.

But as the survey analysts report, “about one-in-three fatalities happen during the three months of summer, a significantly higher fatality rate than the winter months, as well as the overall non-summer rate. Moreover, the Fourth of July is often the most dangerous driving day of the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Crowded rural roads and holiday-related drinking are among the many factors that contribute to the danger.” [emphasis added]

For further details see Survey Finds Drivers Mistakenly Believe Winter is Most Dangerous Travel Time on the University of Minnesota website, or visit Scientific American’s report on the survey in Americans Underestimate Risks of Driving on Summer Holidays and Rural Roads.

Published in: on July 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

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