What's the most dangerous time to drive?

June 26, 2012 12:00 AM

A team of researchers in Spain has narrowed down the most dangerous time to be out on the road, which is something all drivers should be aware of.

According to Discovery News, the researchers found the time period between 6 and 8 p.m. to be the most dangerous time for drivers. The scientists used special sensors in the roads to observe traffic patterns, including its speed and density, at different times of the day.

The group found that more stop-and-go traffic made things difficult for drivers during these periods. There were more cars on the road and speeds were less predictable. In addition, the group checked accident data and found that this time period matched up with their observations - accidents were more likely.

In Spain, 6 to 8 p.m. is typically rush hour, so Americans that get off work a bit earlier may want to adjust what they consider to be the most dangerous period.

While drivers can't ultimately control dangers from other drivers, they can reduce the chance of a mechanical failure in their own car by keeping up with scheduled maintenance. Properly inflating tires and taking care of brake service can reduce the chances of an incident on the road.

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