There are a lot of bad days throughout the year to be on the road. Beyond the obvious days where frantic drivers and traffic accidents increase, such as New Years Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, and Thanksgiving Day, there are a couple days during the spring where driving can be especially perilous. Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death across the U.S and driving in general is an inherently dangerous activity–no matter how careful you are. Here is a quick look at 3 of the worst days to be on the road during spring.
This is usually the first official premonition of spring. The U.S sets it’s clocks forward one hour on the second sunday of March–usually. This ensures more hours of daylight each day until the summer solstice on June 21, whereby the amount of daylight gradually decreases until December. The daylight savings transition in the spring is often a hard one for many people since they lose an hour of the day the first day and, consequently, must adapt a sleep schedule to accommodate this.
The first few days after the time change are the worst since more people are sleep deprived from losing that hour. This has the potential to translate to more traffic accidents as people are tired, irritable, and may not be as focused as they should be behind the wheel. When spring daylight savings time rolls around each year, take extra caution on the roads, and consider going to bed an hour earlier.
April 15 is tax day in the U.S. This means that a lot of people may be running around town making last minute visits to the accountant or heading to the post office to meet the looming filing deadline. What’s more, the stress of getting around to filing taxes at the last minute makes people especially frantic. This, therefore, means that April 15 can be a rough day to be on the road. If you’re on the road on tax day, take it easy and be sure to drive defensively. The last thing you want to deal with is an accident on the day you file your taxes. Best advice: file early and drive cautiously. Remember too, police forces are deployed in numbers around the country around tax day, so there is even more reason to drive responsibly.
The first day of spring is an exciting time. The 20th of march marks the point where the sun is at a nearly equidistant point between the two hemispheres before the northern hemisphere gradually receives more of it for the next six months. Depending on where you live, the first day of spring may be an unpleasant day to drive. This year, for example, many areas in the northeastern U.S are still entrenched in freezing temperatures and snow, making driving on this day hazardous. For the areas lucky enough to be receiving sunshine and warmer temperatures, continue to take caution–all of the excitement of the transition may make people a little too eager to get home from work and get outside.