During which month is it riskiest to drive in the United States?
Authors: Michael Sivak.
Objectives: This study examined the variation in the U.S. road fatality rate per distance driven across the months of the year. Method: The monthly fatality rates were analyzed for a 13-year period from 1994 through 2006. Results: The results indicate a systematic seasonal variation in the road fatality rate, with the highest rate in October and the lowest rate in March. Conclusion: The obtained seasonal variation in the road fatality rate is likely a result of a joint influence of several factors that exhibit seasonal variations themselves (the duration of darkness, consumption of alcohol, proportion of older drivers, amount of leisure driving, and inclement weather).