Study Show Saturdays Are Most Dangerous Day on the Roads

By Meemic Insurance

Car accidents happen every day of the week, but do you know which of the seven days is the most dangerous to hit the road?

It’s Saturday, according to a new analysis of data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

While the number and severity of accidents continues increasing – largely due to more people driving thanks to a strong economy, as well as a surge in distracted driving – Saturdays account for a disproportionate amount of accidents during the week.

The study also found that the afternoon rush hour is more dangerous in terms of accidents than the morning commute.

Having these facts to hand can hopefully help you remember to take additional precautions and to be extra-mindful:

  • 6,802 people died in car accidents on Saturdays in 2016, the most recent year for which information was available.
  • 4,444 people died in car accidents on Tuesdays that same year.
  • 5,826 people died on Fridays.
  • 5,809 people died on Sundays.
  • The deadliest period of the day was between 4 p.m. and 6:59 p.m., with 6,201 crash-related fatalities.
  • The fewest fatalities were logged in the mornings from 7 a.m. to 9.59 a.m., when 3,345 people were killed in traffic accidents.

Drunk Driving

One of the reasons for the higher rates in the evenings and weekends, according to the NHTSA, was drunk driving. Of the 37,461 traffic fatalities in 2016, 10,497 involved drivers with blood-alcohol concentrations of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher, the legal limit for driving under the influence or while impaired in all 50 states.

During weekends, 26 percent of drivers involved in accidents that involved fatalities were above the legal limit. That’s compared with 14 percent on weekdays.

What You Can Do

Besides not driving under the influence, there are a number of steps from NHTSA you can take to avoid becoming a statistic:

Buckle up: Before leaving home, be sure to put on your seatbelt and remind your fellow riders, too, so you all can be safe while on the highway.

Put down the smartphone: Distracted driving has become a major contributor to rising traffic-accident numbers. Don’t reach for your phone while driving, to keep yourself, riders and other drivers safe. Instead, wait until you’ve pulled over to a safe location before responding to texts and notifications.

Use the left lane for passing: Be considerate of other drivers by driving in the right lane and using the left lane for passing.

Use on-ramps to get up to speed: When merging onto the interstate, use the acceleration ramp to get up to speed and help prevent other drivers from having to put on their brakes or change lanes.

Don’t tailgate: Don’t drive too closely to the vehicle ahead of you. If they put on their brakes suddenly, you may not have time to react.

If you’re drowsy, don’t drive: Driving while tired is akin to driving while drunk. Your reaction time is slowed, and so is your perception.

Keep emotions in check: Road rage is a real issue, but it’s better to overlook another driver’s mistake or negligent behavior. Don’t take it personally when another motorist drives like a jerk. Take a deep breath and move on.

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Two Wisconsin Schools Advance to Second Round of National STEM Contest

The Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WSBVI) and Omro High School were recently selected to advance into the second round of Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

According to a Samsung Electronics Inc. press release, top teams in each state were selected for their outstanding activity plan proposals outlining how students will execute their STEM projects. This year, students and teachers identified issues that are personal to them and critical to their communities.

As the first school in the nation to use existing technologies to make informational and directional signs accessible, Tim Fahlberg, a math teacher for the WSBVI, shared the excitement he and his students are feeling having advanced in the contest. “The most exciting thing about this contest for us is that it has not only does it bring honor & recognition to our students, school, center, state, and will give us some great technology and curriculum, but this recognition will help promote the goal we have to help make all schools and other places more accessible through smart digital signage and not only for blind & visually impaired, but also to anyone with a print disability, to the deaf.”

Rob Turner, a science engineering and computer teacher at Omro High School shared the same level of excitement. “I’m super proud of the kids that I have at this level and their ability to push past some of the more challenging aspects of something like this,” he said. “Now that our name is back out on that national level, the kids are really invested in the outcome.”

This is not the first time Rob Turner has had students make it this far in the contest. “I’ve had kids submit ideas as a regular part of the curriculum in my engineering course,” he said. Each year, he starts with all students submitting ideas based on Samsung’s general requirement of solving a problem in the local community and then through class discussion and facilitation, they narrow down their ideas to the best ones.

Two of their three ideas made it through the first round of the contest, with one idea for a robot that can safely measure ice thickness, making it through to this second round. As part of the Lake Winnebego system, there is no shortage of news stories about people or vehicles falling through the ice. “They want to get data back from the robot safely. Some kids have had family members or people they know fall through,” Turner said.

The schools are two of the 100 teams nation-wide chosen to move forward in the contest. In order to advance through the final rounds, each school is tasked with creating a prototype of their STEM project and create a video to outline their progress. Judges will review the videos to narrow the pool to the top 20 teams in March.

In their video, the Omro High School team plans to demonstrate the full engineering design process. From brainstorming to testing their prototype, they will end up documenting many hours of footage to condense into the required three-minute video for the contest.

The WSBVI team video will demonstrate how smart digital signage has improved access to signs and artwork in their school and show how they created, tested, and received feedback on the free NaviLens School Kits that they are designing.

For now, both schools look forward to choosing new technology and classroom materials from a Samsung $15,000 prize package.

If they are named as one of the top 20 teams in March, they will receive a $50,000 prize package with a trip to a pitch event.

Source – Wisconsin DPI ConnectED