Election Day May Prove Dangerous For Drivers

images-2.jpgMake sure you vote this November, but be extra careful driving to the polls.

Researchers recently discovered that on Election Day deaths due to car crashes are higher.  This is based on a detailed analysis of elections that date back to 1976, when Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter faced down.

On average, 24 more motorists have died in vehicle accidents on election days than on any of the other Tuesdays in October or November, which says that you have an 18% greater likelihood of dying in a car accident this November 4th.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published the study, and it gives some very convincing arguments as to why injuries and traffic fatalities are higher on Election Day.  For example, more drivers are rushing either to their polling destination or to get back to work.  Also, motorists may take routes that are unfamiliar to them to go vote.

So, of course make sure to vote on November 4th, but be extra careful on the roads.  Take precautions such as driving defensively, leaving plenty of time to get to the polls, and sign up for a roadside assistance program just in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2008 at 3:48 pm In Roadside Assistance Program  

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