It's danger day on roads: RACQ

DRIVERS have been warned to take special care on the roads today.

BEWARE: Drive safely on the most dangerous day of the year. Photo: Lisa Simmons

BEWARE: Drive safely on the most dangerous day of the year. Photo: Lisa Simmons

New RACQ data reveals Fridays and the 18th of the month are dangerous days behind the wheel.

The data analysed 72,000 car crashes over a three year period.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the results revealed the last day of the working week was the riskiest to be behind the wheel.

“It’s the perfect storm,” Ms Clinton.

“Our claims data found Friday is the most common day of the week to have a crash and the 18th is the most common day of the month for collisions,” Ms Clinton said.

“We should be driving to the conditions every day of the week but we’re appealing for all motorists to take extra care today.

“In particular, if you’re doing the school pick-up this afternoon be on high alert, with 3pm to 4pm the most likely time to have a crash.”

Ms Clinton said Sunday was the day of the week motorists were least likely to crash.

“The old adage about Sunday drivers could be true,” she said.

“It may be due to the fact there are less people on the road, or perhaps we’re all more patient on a Sunday, regardless we need to replicate those behaviours every day of the week.”

Crash totals by day 

  • Friday: 10,804 
  • Thursday: 10,605 
  • Wednesday: 10,508 
  • Tuesday: 10,418 
  • Monday: 10,341 
  • Saturday: 9,929 
  • Sunday: 9,887 
  • Based on data collected from January 1, 2015 to February 28, 2018