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[Monitor] Heat wave leads to more traffic accidents

July 31, 2018 - 10:11 By Lee Joo-hee

The number of traffic accidents increased by around 8 percent this summer compared to last year, a phenomenon largely attributable to a record-breaking heat wave, a report by Samsung Traffic Safety Research Institute showed.

By analyzing over 1.86 million road accidents that occurred from June to August 2016-2018 (up until July 23, 2018) that involved their car insurance subscribers, the institute said the average number of accidents soared when temperatures escalated.

For instance, while an average of 6,958 accidents occurred on days with average temperatures between 23 and 24 degrees Celsius, the number surged to an average 9,259 cases when temperatures reached 35-36 degrees Celsius. The report said that a 1 degree increase in temperature led to an average of 1.2 percent more traffic accidents.

The institute said that not being able to maintain normal body and abnormal rhythm in daily life such as sleep deprivation may lead to errors in reacting to various traffic situations, thus heightening risks. (