As we head into the thick of summer, here are a few reminders to travel safely.
In 2014, motor vehicle crashes resulted in 32,675 deaths in the U.S. and with gas prices continuing to drop, more travelers will be hitting the road in their cars. TripAdvisor notes that 70 percent of U.S. travelers will have traveled by car this Memorial Day weekend and 77 percent plan to travel 100 miles or more.
Not surprisingly, some of the country’s most dangerous highways are also the longest and busiest. The most deadly highway in the U.S. is I-10, which is the fourth-longest in the country, spanning 2,460 miles through eight states (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida). In second place is I-95, which runs 1,926 miles through 15 states, including Florida, North Carolina and Maine. The third-longest highway in the country, I-40, is also the third most dangerous as it winds through eight states. The top three are followed by I-75, US-1, I-20, I-80, I-5, I-70, I-35, US-41, SR-1, US-17, US-101 and US-50.
The longest highway in the U.S., I-90, did not make the list.
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Although the focus is on the Memorial Day weekend, the top five most dangerous days to drive is Independence Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day, August 2 and August 27. The top three holidays see an average of more than 100 traffic deaths annually.
The riskiest times to drive is not surprisingly between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, when most commuters are heading home from work. Saturday remains the most dangerous day, followed by Friday and Sunday. August is the deadliest month, followed by July, as they’re busy months for summer travel.
As for the most dangerous states for driving, you might be surprised to hear that the highest death rate per capita are Wyoming, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and North Dakota. The states with the lowest death rates include New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.
[Source: Conde Nast Traveler]