July Sweden’s deadliest month in traffic: report

July Sweden's deadliest month in traffic: report
If you're a man driving on a Saturday afternoon in July, you'd be advised to take it easy on the road.

All these criteria are high-risk factors, according to a recent report charting 2010’s traffic-related deaths, published by the Traffic Analysis Agency (Trafikanalys).

Men continue to dominate statistics of traffic fatalities. Out of 266 total traffic accident deaths in 2010, 75 percent were men.

According to the agency, men are twice as likely as women to be killed in traffic. This trend has been stable for years, but change may be on the horizon.

“The gap between the number of deceased men and women remained consistent for a long time, but we can now see that it’s actually starting to diminish,” Magnus Lindholm, accident analyst at the agency, said to news agency TT.

The agency has yet to find an explanation for the diminishing gap.

Seasons have a significant effect on who is involved in traffic accidents. Among men and young people, the summer months are the most dangerous, while women and elderly more often have accidents on wintry roads.

A majority of last year’s fatal accidents occurred in daylight, on dry roads. June and July top statistics, due to the many motorcycles rolling on roads.

Magnus Lindholm offers a few suggestions for drivers braving the roads during the year’s most dangerous months in traffic: choose roads with central barriers, and follow a few simple principles.

“If you wear a seat belt, follow speed limits and stay sober, you’ll come a long way.”

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