Is Friday the 13th Really Unlucky, Are There More Road Accidents?

Is it just superstition, or is Friday the 13th really unlucky when it comes to travelling on UK roads? We love hard facts here at Insurance Edge, so here’s some data from Drive Like a Girl; Friday the 13th – considered unlucky for centuries – is a difficult day to ignore. Latest analysis from telematics insurance provider, drive like a girl, reveals that drivers could have just cause to be nervous as they got behind the wheel this Friday 13th September.

Analysis of almost five billion miles of driving data and associated claims shows that Friday is the most likely day for motorists to have a road traffic incident. And when its falls on the 13th of the month, accident rates rise, with motorists 32% more likely to have a crash.  The risk of injury also increases, with 15% more chance of an injury in a car accident on the 13th when it falls on a Friday.

Kelly Wilkins, Head of Customer Service, drive like a girl, said: “Whatever day of the week, we urge drivers to take care. But it seems, from analysing our data, that Friday is a particularly risky day – and even more so when it falls on the 13th of the month.

“The other risk factor for young and newly qualified drivers this Friday 13th is that as the season is changing they could be presented with much more challenging road conditions. The seasonal shift brings shorter days, with low sun impacting visibility. And young, inexperienced drivers are particularly vulnerable as hazardous conditions will be a completely new experience.

“All drivers should take extra care to ensure their safety whilst driving as we head into the autumn months – whether on Friday 13th or any other day.”

Drive like a girl uses individual driver data to determine the risk profile of each policyholder through a black box installed in the vehicle. It shares driving data with each customer through a personalised online portal, empowering them to manage their driving habits in order to reduce their insurance risk profile – and therefore their premiums. drive like a girl policies offer a fixed mileage of 7,000 miles of cover and Reward Points can be earned for driving safely.

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