Website for sale: CarSession.com is for sale!
Home » News » Miscellaneous » Danger Day: Insurer Expecting Rise in Car Crashes on Monday 17 December
· December 17th - the worst day of year for car crashes
· Bumps and smashes double during the week before Christmas
· Ford Focus drivers are involved in more crashes than any other road user

Today (17 December) is the worst day of the year as far as car crashes, according to claims data from The Co-operative Insurance.
 
This conclusion was drawn after a major analysis that crunched data from four consecutive years, and December 17th is basically a day during which the number of bumps and crashes is higher compared to a typical day of the year.

This determined Co-operative to call this date ‘Danger Day’ – the day of the year when car crashes are on average twice as likely to occur.
Danger Day: Insurer Expecting Rise in Car Crashes on Monday 17 December
 
The same reaserch has also shown that there are more accidents that occur in the week before Christmas than during any other week of the year.The numer of claims related to car crashes rise by 53% overall between 18 and 24 December. 

Grant Mitchell, Head of Motor Insurance at The Co-operative, said: “Our data shows that people are more likely to be involved a car accident in the run up to Christmas than any other time of the year.

“We believe this is down to a combination of the ‘pre-Christmas rush’ when everyone is going to the supermarket or to buy last minute gifts along with the fact that people also feel tired and sluggish from the Christmas party season, which makes it harder to concentrate on the road.

 “Of course, when these factors are combined with busy roads, bad weather and the fact that the days are at their shortest, accidents can and do happen.”

And yet another interesting fact discovered through the above mentioned analysis is that Ford Focus drivers are most commonly involved in car crashes on 17 December. The Co-operative’s data showed that Vauhall Astras are second most likely to be involved in bumps and smashes, followed by Vauxhall Corsas.  

The claims data also shows the UK’s accident ‘hotspots’, with nearly four times as many crashes likely to take place in Glasgow on 17 December than the average UK town or city.*** 

Table shows UK accident 'hotspots', according to Co-operative Insurance data

NumberTown/ cityFrequency of accidents compared to average
1Glasgow3.7 times as many
2Birmingham3.6 times as many
3Uxbridge3 times as many
4Ipswich3 times as many
5Brighton2 times as many

Grant Mitchell said: “We all have a lot on our minds in the run-up to Christmas, but it’s vital we don’t sacrifice the safety of ourselves, our families and other people as a result. Staying safe over the holidays is the most important thing, and by making a commitment to driving responsibly we can help prevent devastating tragedies on roads this Christmas.”

The Co-operative Insurance recommends a number of measures to help motorists avoid unnecessary car accidents in the run up to Christmas:

· Plan ahead to make journeys as stress free and safe as possible

· Leave extra time for possible hold-ups so youre not tempted to speed

· Make sure you can get home safely from festivities using a taxi or public transport or with a designated driver who hasnt consumed any alcohol

· If there is snow and ice, avoid driving if you possibly can

Ends

Notes to editors

* An analysis of more than 200,000 claims relating to car accidents shows that they have increased by an average of 205% compared to a typical day of the year on 17 December 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

** Data highlights the cars most commonly involved in road accidents over the course of a year (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011)

About The Co-operative Banking Group

The Co-operative Banking Group, formerly known as The Co-operative Financial Services, is the banking and insurance arm of The Co-operative Group, which is the world’s largest consumer co-operative with around six million members, over £14 billion turnover, and core business interests in financial services, food, travel, pharmacy and funeral care.  The Co-operative Group has over 5,000 retail trading outlets.

Following the merger with Britannia on 1 August 2009, the organisation is one of the largest and most highly diversified mutual businesses operating in both retail and corporate banking markets.

As part of The Co-operative Group, the business is characterised by its unique ethical and member reward policies and very high levels of customer advocacy.

The Co-operative Banking Group has £70 billion in assets, 12,000 staff and nine million customers.  It has over 300 high street branches, 20 corporate banking centres and major presences in Manchester, Leek, London, Plymouth, Skelmersdale and Stockport.  

It is the only mutual organisation that enables its members to earn financial rewards for the products they hold, as well as giving them the opportunity to have a say in how the business is run.

Related Articles

Leave a Comment

Fields marked with * are required
Name *:
Email *:
Comment *:
Code *:
  CAPTCHA
  • Email
  • YouTube
  • RSS
  • Twitter
  • facebook
  • feedburner

Related Specs

  1. 2010 Ford Mustang

    Engine: V8, Power: 315 hp @ 6000 rpm, Torque: 325 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
  2. 2009 Nissan 370Z

    Engine: VQ37VHR Variable Valve Timing NA V6, Power: 332 bhp @ 7000 rpm, Torque: 270 lb-ft. @ 5200 rpm
  3. 2010 Bentley Azure T

    Engine: Twin Turbocharged V8, Power: 500 bhp / 507 PS / 373 kW @ 4,200 rpm, Torque: 738 lb ft / 1,000 Nm @ 3,200 rpm
  4. 2009 Porsche Cayman

    Engine: 6 Cylinder Horizontally Opposed "Boxer", Power: 320 bhpN/A
  5. 2006 YES Roadster 3.2 Turbo

    Engine: V6, Power: 355 bhp (261 kW), Torque: 358 lb-ft (485 Nm)

New Vehicles

Hennessey Venom GT World’s Fastest Edition
Hennessey Performance (HPE) is building a limited run of World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs to celebrate the company’s recent top speed run of 270.4 ...

Concept Cars

Audi Q4 Concept - First official sketches
Audi has published several design sketches of a crossover which will be officially revealed later this month at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. For now we ...

Custom Cars

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Bespoke Waterspeed Collection
Donald and Joe Wales, the grandson and great grandson of pioneer record-breaker Sir Malcolm Campbell, have given their seal of approval to the first of ...

Green Autos

2014 BMW Concept X5 eDrive returns to New York Motor Show
The further refined BMW Concept X5 eDrive being exhibited at the New York Auto Show demonstrates the lengths that BMW is going to in an effort to reduce ...

Future Cars

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype begins tests
Infiniti is pressing ahead with the evaluation of the Q50 Eau Rouge high-performance vehicle and will show footage of the testing of a prototype version, ...

Market News

Volkswagen sold 5,74 million vehicles in 2012, up 12.7 per cent
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand closed 2012 with a new record, delivering 5.74 million vehicles to customers, +12.7 per cent comparing with 2011 results. ...

Gadgets

Audi Online traffic light information offers 15% fuel savings
Audi is ready to add a little oil to the wheels of the daily grind with advanced traffic light recognition technology which could make driving through ...

Various News

2014 Cadillac ELR priced from $75,995
General Motors is hoping the new 2014 Cadillac ELR, a plug-in luxury coupe that goes on sale in January for $75,995. The starting price includes a $995 ...

Videos

2014 Porsche Boxster GTS video
Porsche unveiled today a promotional video for the newly introduced Boxster GTS, shot in a desert in the US. The most powerful version of the Boxster ...

Motorsports

2013 Range Rover Sport will act as a pace car for this year`s Pikes Peak run
The all-new Range Rover Sport has been confirmed as the official Pace Car for this Sunday's 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Known ...