Four Top Causes of Early Morning Commute Accidents
Anyone who has to drive to work every day likely understands the frustrations associated with how chaotic the morning commute sometimes can be. From impatient drivers to distracted commuters, the morning driving scene can be hazardous. To avoid being in a morning commute accident, it is important to know the causes of these crashes, which are as follows:
- Distracted driving. When rushing to get to work, sometimes commuters fall prey to multi-tasking behind the wheel, which includes eating, drinking, talking on a cell phone, texting, emailing, grooming (such as shaving, applying make-up, etc.) and talking with passengers.
- Inclement weather conditions. During the morning commute, driving can feel rushed and hectic, and combining that with poor weather conditions can lead to serious and sometimes fatal accidents. Inclement weather includes heavy rain, snow, ice and wind. When people are rushing to get to work, they are often not driving as carefully as they would outside of rush hour. That is why it is critical to leave as early as you can to account for weather conditions and delays arising therefrom.
- Drowsy driving. Driving while drowsy or falling asleep when behind the wheel increases the likelihood of an accident. Symptoms of drowsy driving include having to frequently blink, heavy eyelids, drifting in and out of lanes, and yawning. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of Americans do not get enough sleep on a regular basis (at least seven hours of rest). As a result, there is a significant chance that morning commuters are at risk of being involved in an accident caused by a drowsy driver.
- Speeding. Going in excess of the speed limit increases the likelihood that an accident will happen because it takes longer for speeding vehicle to slow down and avoid a collision. During the morning commute, many drivers are rushing to get to work, which poses dangers to other drivers on the roadway.
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