Over the past 30 years, on average, there have been 13 more fatal crashes nationwide on April 15 than on other days of the year. While researchers can’t be sure of the cause of the increase, it may be due to something as simple as the distraction caused by the stressful deadline. When people are feeling rushed, their driving can reflect it, even if they’re not specifically trying to get somewhere in a hurry. Moreover, stress can affect people’s driving whether they’re e-filing, paper filing, or filing through a tax preparer. Extra stress equals distraction, and distraction leads to those little driving mistakes that can cause huge accidents.
Lest those who filed their taxes early get cocky, please remember that accidents always involve somebody else’s car too. Tax day this year is April 17. To be on the safe side, try to limit your driving on tax day as much as possible. If you can, take public transportation, walk, or work remotely for the day. Getting your taxes done on time shouldn’t cost anyone their life.