What Is The Most Dangerous Day Of The Week To Drive?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some interesting stats available to the public through their Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

One of the statistics they keep is the number of crashes on each day of the week. We decided it would be interesting to see which day of the week had the most accidents on average and which days had the lowest number of crashes.

Without further ado, here are the rankings averaged out over the last ten years (2000-2009) with the most dangerous day listed first:

  1. Saturday — 6,826 crashes per year
  2. Sunday — 6,007 crashes per year
  3. Friday — 5,865 crashes per year
  4. Thursday — 4,767 crashes per year
  5. Monday — 4,603 crashes per year
  6. Wednesday — 4,508 crashes per year
  7. Tuesday — 4,455 crashes per year

Not particularly surprising, but it’s interesting to see the range. You’re over 1.5 times more likely to get into a crash on Saturday than you are on Tuesday (the safest day of the week).

Want to see all the data? Click here.

If you look over the data, you will see the dramatic decrease in crashes over the past ten years.

Overall, our roads are safer than they have ever been.

Feel free to throw out some theories in the comments section on why you think the numbers turned out the way they did.

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7 Responses to “What Is The Most Dangerous Day Of The Week To Drive?”

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  2. Randall1000 says:

    I'm surprised to see Sunday at Number 2. This is the day I see the least amount of cars on the road, so maybe all the bad "Sunday Drivers" come out, i guess. Friday is no surprise though. People racing to get home on the weekends and of course people getting wasted at night time.

    • clover1 says:

      Randall you are forgetting one thing. DUI crashes are the number one cause of accidents on the the weekends. Sunday accidents would mean Saturday night after midnight. Friday night and Saturday nights are huge nights for DUI crashes.

  3. Larry says:

    I would like to see this broken down as to what time of the day or night these happen.

  4. JohnFlannery says:

    On weekends, especially Saturdays, the first day most people are off from work, they run around like chicken with heads cut off to run their errands, grocery shopping, going to Home Depot, and whatnot. The rate of traffic and its frenziness is therefore much higher on weekends than on week days. Everyone is trying to cut everyone else off on the roads to get to where they want to go first. That is why I prefer running my errands after work on week days and stay home on weekends to beat the rush.

    Fridays and Thursdays follow because those are the last and the second last days of the work week and people are tired and frazzled and therefore pay less attention to the roads.

    Mondays follow because people are changing their rhythm and routine from weekends to week days, typically work days, and their stress level rises, so the driving gets affected and becomes erratic.

    Wednesdays are the "hump" day of the week, so people are already well into their work routine but not yet tired enough to see their driving skill suffer.

    Tuesdays are the safest because people are already settled into their work week routine and the stress of work has not gotten to them to cause bad driving.

    • clover1 says:

      John, you are missing a lot of things. Many college students and others for that matter go out drinking Thursday night and it is not as bad as Friday nights but is a reason for more accidents than any of the other weekdays. Mondays would be a little higher because people stay up later on the weekend and are more tired on Mondays. Being tired makes a person make more mistakes while driving. It makes sense that Tuesdays and Wednesdays would have fewer accidents.

      • JohnFlannery says:

        Clover1, formerly known as Randy:

        Jews are prohibited from manually operate machinery on Saturdays so they use their knees to steer cars. Christians drive to churches on Sundays to meet their Maker. What is your point?

        The explanation of the statistics in the article calls for generalization of the driving population, not your fetishistic focus on alcohol.