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Deadliest cities for driving on Valentine’s Day
The big heart of Houston ranks the least safe during the Day of Love.
Those celebrating Valentine’s Day have enjoyed mostly safe driving compared to other holidays throughout the year. But there are a few cities to avoid if you want to stay as safe as possible. Plus, steer clear of the holiday’s drunk driving dilemma by finding another driver beforehand.
Driving fatalities on Valentine’s Day
Fatal crashes happen much less often on Valentine’s Day than riskier days and holidays like July 4th weekend, which sees hundreds of deadly accidents. In total, about 1,200 fatal crashes have happened on Valentine’s Day from 2004 to 2018, which averages only 80 per year. That’s less than the average of 99 per day on any other day of the year over the same time span.
Fatal car crashes on Valentine’s Day by year
Most dangerous cities for driving on Valentine’s Day
Both Houston and Phoenix boast a growing number of residents, but with spread-out neighborhoods that may lead to more driving, there is increased chance for accidents. The other cities’ total crashes might chalk up to more traffic as couples compete for the most romantic spots. Or maybe couples are opting to drive to their Valentine’s Day events, since taking the subway might not spark much romance.
Cities with the most fatal car accidents on Valentine’s Day
Most dangerous states to drive in on Valentine’s Day
You’ll see Texas, California and Florida hailed as treacherous cities for a lot of holidays. One possible reason that’s true for Valentine’s Day: nearly all states on our list fall within the top 10 most populated except Tennessee. You can expect more accidents on the roads where there are more drivers.
States with the most fatal car accidents on Valentine’s Day
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Drunk driving on Valentine’s Day
Drunk drivers have caused 383 fatal car accidents on Valentine’s Day from 2004 to 2018. Of those, 330 drivers had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. Drivers can keep this romantic night incident-free by planning a designated driver or rideshare ahead of time.
Drunk driving the leading cause of Valentine’s Day fatalities
The second leading cause of fatal accidents is speeding, suggesting drivers should slow down and smell the roses during their night out.
Worst time to drive on Valentine’s Day
Driving between 6 pm to 8 pm proves the most dangerous for the holiday. That’s probably because many drivers are commuting home or heading out for a special dinner, adding to traffic.
Road hazards increase if Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend. Drivers saw 300 fatal crashes on the three days that Valentine’s Day fell on a Saturday between 2004 to 2018. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday for 2020, be extra vigilant when you’re out and about.
Protect yourself on Valentine’s Day with car insurance
Valentine’s Day may not rank as one of the worst holidays for driving ― good news if you’re hankering for the hottest spots or finest dining. But with the right car insurance coverage, you might not notice much of a setback if you experience car damage.
How did we find these stats?
To give you the most accurate information, we dug up data for February 14th for years 2004 through 2018 using the NHTSA Fatality and Injury Reporting System Tool. The tool works by allowing you to choose from a variety of criteria to create a specialized report.
We looked at criteria involving fatal crashes compared to total crashes during these years. We also compared the number of crashes for different days of the week, times of the day or violations like speeding.
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