Leaving work just 10 minutes later could HALVE your chances of having a crash in evening rush hour
LEAVING work just 10 minutes later could halve your chances of having an accident.
And staying off the roads during school pick up hours could help avoid damage to your vehicle.
A recent study has revealed the times motorists are most likely to get into an accident during the evening rush.
Conducted by auto specialists AX, the study found almost 15 per cent of crashes within the rush hour period happen between 5pm and 5:10pm – the highest of any period.
But your chances of having a crash just 10 minutes later are halved, with only seven per cent of accidents occurring between 5:10pm and 5:20pm.
The research analysed more than 57,000 vehicle accidents across the UK to find out the worst times to be on the road.
You’re most likely to have a crash on your way home from work – between 4pm and 6pm – with almost 18 per cent of crashes happening in that time period.
The second-most likely time for a collision is between 2pm and 4pm, possibly caused by parents rushing to pick up their kids from school.
The study also found March to be the second-worst month to get behind the wheel last year, after November, due to the heavy rain and snow fall which make it tricky to drive.
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Scott Hamilton-Cooper, AX director of sales and operations, said: “It is little surprise to see the majority of accidents take place during the afternoon and evening hours when many of us are busy trying to get home or rushing to pick up our kids.
“Stopping distances double in the rain and are as high as 10 times more in icy and snowy conditions.
“This goes some way to also explaining why 31 per cent of incidents we manage involve a moving car hitting a parked one as the driver loses control.”
Source: The Sun Motors – Leaving work just 10 minutes later could HALVE your chances of having a crash in evening rush hour