If you’re reading this right before you go and jump in your car, take note. Actually, even if you won’t be driving for another few hours or days, take note. The most common day and time to have a car crash has just been discovered.
Using their data collection powers for good, Australian insurance company IAG recently analysed all of the car crashes its policy-holders had been involved with and found one clear commonality.
We're looking at you, 3pm Friday.
According to the head of IAG's research centre, Robert McDonald, the finding isn't all that surprising.
“People are tired by the end of the week and the data is telling us that as the week wears on they tend to have more crashes going to and from work and in the afternoons and this is fairly consistent nationally," he told news.com.au.
“We’re also spending more time commuting and travelling further distances,” McDonald explained.
But if you're wondering why 3pm and not, say, 5pm, the answer, McDonald says is quite simple.
“Rush hour is starting earlier and earlier with lots of people varying their hours to beat traffic and finishing early. From my own observations I’ve seen traffic start banking up often by 3pm so the old days when the trip home began only at 5pm have gone,” he said.
The majority of accidents, IAG said, is through nose to tail rear end collisions.