Study Shows Accident Rate Higher in July and August than Other Months
A quick quiz—that’s the most dangerous time of year to be out and about on the streets and highways in New Jersey? The winter, right? All that snow and ice makes motoring around pretty precarious, doesn’t it?
Actually, no. According to statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the two months with the highest accident rates all year are July and August, with more than a quarter of the nation’s traffic fatalities in those two months.
But how can that be? Here are some of the reasons cited by the NHTSA:
- The average speed is higher in the summer—Because the roads are cleaner, drivers tend to travel at higher rates of speed in the summer.
- There are more people on the roads in the summer months—Young drivers are generally out of school and often choose driving around as a primary activity, as it doesn’t require a lot of money. In addition, most families take their vacations during the summer months, and driving has become more popular over the last 4-5 years with the cheap price of gas. If the accident remains the same, but there are more drivers on the roads, there will be more accidents.
- There are more teenaged drivers on the roads in the summer—Teenagers are involved in about one of every three motor vehicle accidents every year. When they’re not in school, more often than not, they’re out driving somewhere.
- Drivers are more tired in the summer—The average trip tends to be longer in the summer, leading to more driver fatigue.
- There’s more road construction in the summer—Studies show that construction zones are frequently causes of motor vehicle accidents. Particularly in northern climates such as New Jersey, there’s far more construction in the summer than other times of the year.
- Warmer temperatures can result in more instances of road rage or aggressive driving.
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