Deadliest days for car accidents are not in the winter

If you made it through Thursday, August 2 without even getting in a fender bender out on the road, consider yourself lucky. Chances are many people on that day were not only in car accident, they lost their life in it. A new report showed that August 2 is the day where more people in the U.S. will likely be killed in a car accident, ahead of any other day of the year.

Most people would believe the worst days for car accident deaths would be during winter driving. However, that is not the case. The top two deadliest days for driving occurred in the heart of summer. That means there is a higher risk of dying in a car accident on a beautiful summer day than a snowy, cold New Year's Eve night. The numbers in the report are based on deadly crashes from 2012 to 2016 and reflect total fatalities during that time. Here are the five most deadly days out on the roads in the U.S.:

  • August 2 with 505 fatalities
  • July 4 with 495 fatalities
  • October 25 with 488 fatalities
  • May 3 with 487 fatalities
  • November 1 with 487 fatalities

Just the month of August during the reported time accounted for 15,914 deaths on the road. Besides normal summer outdoor activities, August is perfect vacation travel time which means more cars are out moving around.

One reason for the increased amount of accidents and deaths in August may be due to distracted driving. Winter driving may make drivers more cautious when behind the wheel, but this does not seem to be the case in the summer months. Distracted driving jumps 10% in the summer months compared to the rest of the year.

Summertime driving can easily bring distractions inside the car that are not always present in the winter. Whether it is the radio playing loud, checking a phone or talking to passengers who are riding along, the summertime tends to present these scenarios more frequently. 

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