Why Friday is unlucky on the roads

JAMES HURWOOD
12 June 2014

Most car accidents occur on Friday

Been feeling unlucky recently? It may be because you’re doing too much driving on a Friday, with five years of data from Budget Direct showing that across most of Australia, Friday is the day drivers are most likely to have an incident, specifically in the hours between 3pm and 9pm.

According to the data, in both regional and metropolitan areas a majority of claims made (16.5%) are made on a Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being the safest days to go for a drive. These figures hold true across a lot of the country, with the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria all showing Friday as the day with the most claims and Sunday as the day with the least.

Several people have offered theories as to why this is the case, with Margueritte Rossi from Budget Direct speculating that “perhaps Friday is our worst traffic accident day because we’re all in a hurry to get home and get our weekends started”.

But while you might be keen to get to your Friday night destination as quickly as possible, Ms Rossi warns: “By not being 100% concentrated on your driving and the road conditions, your chance of being involved in an accident always increases.”

This information is especially worrying when coupled with recent revelations that police in Victoria are catching more than 900 people a week driving unregistered vehicles.

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) is warning drivers that driving an unregistered vehicle effectively forfeits your ability to place an insurance claim in the event of a crash or accident.

ICA CEO Rob Whelan said: “Drivers of unregistered vehicles or unlicensed motorists who are involved in collisions risk liabilities of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars because third-party property and comprehensive motor vehicle insurance policies are likely to treat a claim as invalid.”

So unless you’ve got a spare few thousand dollars lying around, it’s definitely a good idea to make sure your vehicle is registered and insured if you’re driving; especially on Fridays (although, those who are superstitious will be glad to know that 2014 only has one Friday the 13th!).

To help reduce your chances of becoming a Friday statistic, here are a few safe driving tips to keep your car out of the panel beater’s workshop and on the road:

  • You can never be too attentive when driving – a split second can mean the difference between a crash and a near-miss.
  • Make sure there’s plenty of space between you and the car in front of you, and doubly so when driving at high speeds or in poor conditions.
  • Don’t drive if you’re feeling fatigued or overly tired – reaction times are dramatically affected by these conditions, which can result in a crash.
  • Don’t use a mobile phone behind the wheel – this increases your risk of crashing by at least four times.

 

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