It's official: Fridays are dangerous
24 November 2006

Take extra care on your way home tonight (if you get out early). According to research from Continental Tyres, the most common time for accidents is between 4pm and 5pm on a Friday in November.

The weather is naturally one of the most important considerations – it's wet and cold, and leaves on the road make them extra-slippy. Then there's the darkness: British Summer Time ends at the end of October, meaning it's darker earlier, and the sun sets earlier too.

Of course, Continental Tyres' research isn't just for our good. Apparently, when the temperature drops below 7C, the performance of tyres is diminished as the rubber compounds harden. Conti recommends that we all invest in some winter tyres. Of course it's a good idea, especially if you're in the wilds or going off on a skiing holiday. But you could also perform some tyre-warming burnouts, and here at Autocar we're looking into getting some F1-style tyre warmers.

Oh yes, and don't feel too smug if you manage to make it through Friday without incident – most crashes on a Saturday happen at about midday. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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