It could be a combination of Christmas shoppers, people finishing work early as they use the last week or so of their holiday entitlement, or the short, dark days hiding pot-holes and other hazards, but mid-December is a dangerous time to be on the roads. Here’s some data from one of the leading telematics specialists in the UK;
Forget Friday the 13th, new data from insurethebox, the UK pioneer of telematics car insurance, is urging drivers to take extra care on the roads on Monday 16th December. Analysis of over 5 billion miles of driving data reveals it is the most likely day in December to have an accident, with the second highest number of accidents for the entire year. And the company is particularly concerned about the safety of young and inexperienced drivers who may be confronting wintry driving conditions for the first time.
Gary Stewart, Service Manager at insurethebox said: “Wintry driving conditions can be a challenge for even the most experienced drivers – and for new drivers black ice, snow or heavy rain can be especially daunting. They can be caught out by black ice on an ungritted road or temporarily blinded by the glare of the bright winter sun.
“Now we are well and truly in the winter months, it’s important, particularly for new drivers, to know how to react in different weather conditions and to spot the potential hazards. For instance, in wet weather, stopping distances could double and may be 10 times greater on icy roads. And rural roads are especially hazardous for younger drivers, due to higher speed limits, tight corners and narrow lanes. Plus, the risks increase as overhanging trees mean ice may linger for longer and surfaces may not be gritted as well as on main roads.
“But by taking time to understand the risks and adjust their behaviour, young drivers can stay safe this winter”.
insurethebox also believes that a few simple steps in vehicle preparation will help young drivers cope with winter motoring. It’s important to check fuel, oil, water and windscreen wash levels as well as get tyres checked. Plus, if embarking on a long journey, it makes sense to pack an emergency kit with additional warm clothing and blankets, food and drinks.
“In severe weather, breakdown services will be stretched, and drivers could find themselves waiting for an extended period of time for help to arrive. So, it’s crucial drivers and passengers have the means to keep themselves warm and well in severe conditions,” concluded Gary Stewart.