Accident claims data from Admiral Car Insurance has revealed that statistically the most dangerous day of the year to drive is 18 January. Analysis of Admiral’s own claims records, shows there are on average more accident claims registered on that date compared with any other day of the year. Based on the study of claims from the last eight years, Admiral found that on average 33% more accident claims are made every year on 18 January in comparison to an average
When compared to the safest day on the roads, which is 25 December, the car insurer found there were typically 275% more accidents on 18 January. Lorna Connelly, Head of Claims at Admiral, said: “The changing weather and road conditions commonly found during the winter months can bring some of the most difficult situations for motorists to try and navigate, and this undoubtedly plays a part on the number of accidents we see taking place on the roads at this time of year.
“Snow, ice, strong winds, flooding, frost, fog and heavy rain are common in January. Bad weather creates poor road conditions which can limit visibility and make the road surface slippery, so it’s incredibly important all drivers are well prepared for any trip they make in the
winter months. “Our claims analysis found that more road accidents happen on 18 January than on any other date, with 33% more claims on this day compared with the average day throughout the year. Poor weather combined with busier roads, and stressed-out drivers, as we put the festive break well and truly behind us, could all be contributing factors.
“Perhaps unsurprisingly, the day with the fewest accident claims, statistically, is Christmas day which has seen the lowest average number of claims over the last eight years. That’s likely down to people spending the day at home, and businesses, shops and schools being shut – all resulting in less traffic. “Of course, with lockdown restrictions currently in place across the UK, this year could be slightly different to previous years as we continue to avoid making non-essential trips in the car. However, no matter how long your journey, driving in winter weather can always be challenging and it’s best to be prepared.
“Before getting behind the wheel after taking a break from driving, you should carry out essential checks on your car to make sure it’s safe to drive. Double check your route for any travel updates and keep your eye on the changing weather forecast to avoid, where possible, driving in torrential and dangerous conditions.”