Driving at any time of day is a somewhat dangerous activity. After all, you're traveling at high speeds in a box made of metal, glass and synthetic materials. Although the vast majority of people arrived safely at their destination when they drive, the potential for a collision is always there.
There are certain risk factors that increase the likelihood of a crash. These include sharing the road with drunk drivers, bad weather conditions and exhaustion. You can make decisions that reduce your risk by avoiding distraction and impairment when you drive. You can also choose not to drive when you feel tired already.
Believe it or not, you can also commit to certain driving habits that will protect you from the most dangerous times of day as far as drunk driving is concerned.
After midnight is the most dangerous time
Given that the average person lives on a first shift schedule, it should come as little surprise that the peak hours for drunk driving crashes align with bar closing hours and late night. Most people have dinner in the late afternoon or early evening. They then spend the twilight and early evening hours relaxing. Some people spend this time with their families at home.
Other people wind up at bars and similar establishments, throwing back a few beers or cocktails. As the evening wears on, these individuals will likely decide it is time to go home, even if they have had a few too many. From midnight until more than an hour after bars have closed down, other drivers are at their highest risk of encountering a drunk driver.
Overall, roughly a third of drunk driving crashes take place between midnight and 3 a.m., so avoiding the roads during those hours is a wise choice that can reduce, but not eliminate, the risk posed by impaired drivers on the road.
Drivers should also know that the percentage of impaired drivers on the road often rises over the weekend, as people may overindulge when they don't have to go to work the next day. Saturday is the most dangerous day to drive, as it is the day with the most cars and drunk drivers on the road.
Victims of drunk drivers have rights
Even if you take every reasonable step to prevent a drunk driving crash, an impaired driver could still collide with your vehicle, causing property damage to your vehicle and serious injuries to you and your passengers.
Those who get hurt by impaired drivers should educate themselves about their legal rights and consider taking legal action against the drunk driver. Not only can that help the victims of a drunk driving crash move on, but it can also create consequences for the impaired driver that may deter them from doing the same thing again in the future.