July 13, 2012

Did you survive unlucky Friday 13th without having a bingle? If so, you’re actually very lucky because new research shows the last day of the working week is the most common for car crashes.

RACQ Insurance Executive Manager Communications, Mike Sopinski, said an analysis of insurance claims data had identified Friday as the most likely day for motorists to have a crash, while accidents were least likely on a Sunday.

Single vehicle car crashes were 17 per cent more likely on Fridays and the likelihood of being involved in a multi-vehicle crash on a Friday was 22 per cent above the weekly average.

The most dangerous time on Fridays is between 3:00pm and 7:00pm. And rainy Fridays were even worse, with RACQ research showing the danger period extended from 3:00pm to 9:00pm.

“A major cause of car crashes is driver inattention. With most people coming to the end of a busy working week and their minds on the weekend ahead, many are not concentrating on their driving,” Mr Sopinski said.

“Drivers must use good judgement and not drive if their mind is distracted with work or other issues.”

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