When are the best - and worst - times to be on the road?

Any fleet manager knows all too well the risks involved with driving late at night, with midnight to 6 a.m. usually cited as the worst time to be travelling.

However, recent statistics provided by a leading car insurance provider delve deeper into the subject and reveal exactly when it's most unsafe to be on the road - even going into the most dangerous months of the year.

According to figures from 2012 and 2013 collected by NRMA, the morning rush between 8 and 9 a.m. is the riskiest time to be driving, accounting for 9.1 per cent of collisions during a typical weekday. Accidents also spike in the late afternoon at 4 p.m.

On weekends, noon is the worst time to be on the road, with 9.3 per cent of crashes occurring in this hour. Although accidents taper off slightly in the afternoon, there is a small spike at 3 p.m.

Looking at the week as a whole, Friday is the most dangerous day for drivers, claiming 16 per cent more collisions than the average day. Unsurprisingly, Sunday is the quietest and safest day to be driving.

While many might assume January to be one of the most dangerous months of the year due to the holidays, the NRMA revealed it is in fact the safest, with 8 per cent fewer accidents than the average month. The title for the riskiest month instead went to May - in 2013, this month saw 12 per cent more accidents than the average month.

While acting as a useful guide for any motorist, these findings will be especially pertinent to fleet managers who have to oversee an extensive number of staff travelling at various times of the day and week.

Knowing the safest times to be on the road can go a long way in maintaining the health and safety of your drivers.  With the help of a fleet management program, you can better manage your fleet's activity to restrict travel during the riskiest times.

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