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The Most Dangerous Days for Daydreaming While Driving

A review of police data by Erie Insurance shows that Saturdays in September are the biggest days…

  • April 20, 2019

A review of police data by Erie Insurance shows that Saturdays in September are the biggest days for fatal car crashes involving daydreaming while driving, and Tuesdays in February are lowest.

The company’s previous analysis found that being “generally distracted” or “lost in thought” – otherwise known as daydreaming – is the number-one distraction noted in fatal crashes.

The data is from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which includes information from police reports on the causes of fatal car crashes.

Erie Insurance consulted with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to analyze the data, which is maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The most recent NHTSA data shows 3,166 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2017.

The most recent review of FARS data by Erie Insurance resulted in a ranked list of more than 84 combinations (with some ties) of days and months associated with daydreaming while driving.

Top 5 Days/Months for Fatal Daydreaming While Driving Crashes:

  1. Saturdays in September
  2. Saturdays in May
  3. Fridays in October
  4. Saturdays in August
  5. Fridays in July

Bottom 5 Days/Months for Fatal Daydreaming While Driving Crashes

  1. Sundays in December
  2. Thursdays in February
  3. Mondays in January
  4. Wednesdays in February
  5. Tuesdays in February

The FARS data is based largely on police officers’ judgment at the time of a crash, and interviews with those involved.

Find out more at www.erieinsurance.com.