Riding in a car isn’t particularly good for your health. It adds even more sedentary time to the modern American lifestyle, which sees many people sitting all day for work. Additionally, you are always at risk of a crash whenever you are on the road, regardless of how safe you are as a driver.
Biking places can be a healthy alternative to driving everywhere. Unfortunately, biking comes with its own concerns, not the least of which is a crash caused by someone in a motor vehicle.
You don’t necessarily have to stay off of the roads on your bike to stay safe. You could instead make risk-based decisions about when and where you bike. Is there a certain time when your crash risk is higher?
One specific time of day has a strong correlation with risk
Crashes can occur at any time of day, and a cyclist there should always be aware of their surroundings so that they can proactively respond if a driver doesn’t see them on the road. However, a statistical analysis makes it clear that there is one time of day when the risk for a crash on your bike is higher than at any other time.
According to an analysis of safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most crashes will occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., making the evening the most dangerous time of day to drive. Although going for a ride after you get done with work in the evening may seem like a good way to relax, it may also mean putting yourself at more risk for collision.
Choosing to go from rides earlier in the day or to stay on bike paths only if you go out for evening rides could help you reduce your risk of getting into a crash with a motor vehicle.