Research from the Canadian Institute for Health Information suggests that afternoon commutes are more dangerous than morning commutes. In fact, more road collisions occur on Canadian roads during commutes home after the workday ends compared to morning commutes to the office.
The study examined hospitalization numbers following collisions on Canadian roads, from 2010 to 2011. The numbers spoke for themselves when it came to the chances of being hurt behind the wheel on the drive to work versus the drive home from work. For instance:
- Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., a total of 2,589 people were injured in road collisions
- About 4,000 drivers across the country were admitted to hospital between 4 p.m. and midnight
- Only 1,800 were hospitalized between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.