Should road users think twice about their commuting today? Road users will be more at risk of an accident today (Friday) than any other day of the week, especially now that the clocks have gone back. Known as ‘Fatal Friday Phenomenon’, statistics show that more accidents happen on a Friday, and particularly between the hours of 4pm and 6pm, than at any other time. The statistics also show that the number of accidents jumps by up to a fifth in the winter compared to the summer.
Analysis of the Government statistics – ‘Road Casualties Great Britain 2006’ – reveals that there was a 12 per cent increase in the number of car users killed or seriously injured, from 1211 in October to 1340 in November. The number of pedestrians killed during the winter months showed a greater rise, being 20 per cent higher than in the summer: 339 were killed during BST, whereas 404 died during the winter. National Commute Smart Week has aimed to encourage the wider adoption of smarter commuting, promoting more home working and more flexible working.