While we all have obligations and need to be at certain places at certain times, there might be times where we have the flexibility to choose when and where we travel. In those cases, it’s worth noting which times and routes are the safest to travel along. Not sure what those are? Keep reading.
Where is it safest to drive?
Generally, driving on urban roads in and around cities is safest. This may come as a surprise to some considering the influx of road users during rush hour; but even with more vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians to navigate around, statistics show that it’s safer to drive in the city. Even with the higher speed limits on highways, there’s still a higher rate of injury and fatalities on other roads.
Where is it most dangerous to drive?
Country roads are usually riskier not only for drivers, but for all road users. In Canada, Saskatchewan is one of the most dangerous to drive in; between 2007 and 2015, it had either the highest or second-highest rate of road fatalities in the country. And it’s no coincidence that there are a high number of rural roads and intersections in this Prairie Province.
A major reason why rural roads tend to be more dangerous is because they give drivers a false sense of security. Since there aren’t as many vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians on rural roads, drivers are generally less cautious on these roads. There also aren’t as many police officers patrolling rural roads, so drivers are more likely to take risks like driving under the influence, not wearing their seat belts, and speeding. So even though there are fewer vehicles on the road, the ones that are, are more likely to make riskier moves.
In addition, rural roads are narrower than city roads, with just two lanes, making it harder and more dangerous to pass other vehicles.