Sometimes, keeping up with a busy work schedule and meeting your employer’s demands isn’t the most challenging part of being employed. For many California residents, the most difficult part of their workday is avoiding car accidents during their commute.
The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the number of people in the U.S. with a commute of 90 minutes or more each day is going up. During a lengthy commute, you could face safety safe hazards. So, how dangerous is your drive to and from work?
If your commute involves driving on the freeway, you could be in significant danger. You likely have to change lanes several times before getting to work and pay attention to drivers who are trying to get off on the correct exit or merge into the carpool lane. This means you have to be very alert to avoid car accidents.
While you may think that your morning commute is the most stressful because you’re likely sleepy, studies indicate that the evening commute is the most dangerous. People are rushing to get home and may be exhausted from the workday. Friday is the most dangerous day of the week for evening commutes since people are eager to start the weekend and may not be as vigilant when driving.
Freeways aren’t the only place your safety could be compromised during your commute. Some drivers have to pass through poorly-planned intersections on their way to work. Poorly timed traffic lights, jaywalking, and construction issues can make intersections dangerous and increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident.
The longer your commute is, the higher the risk is that you’ll become distracted at some point. If you’ve been traveling the same route from work to home for months or years, you likely don’t pay too much attention when behind the wheel since you’re familiar with your surroundings.