Today (17 December) is the most dangerous day for driving all year, according to a study by The Co-operative Insurance.
The motor cover firm has called it “Danger Day” after its analysis of car crash data stretching back to 2008 showed everything from minor bumps to big smashes are twice as likely to occur on the 17 of this month compared to an average day on the UK’s roads.
The arrival of Tuesday won’t bring with it much more safety or eradicate dangerous driving, however. The Co-op’s data also highlighted the week leading up to the Christmas break is also a risky time, with an increased risk of car accidents.
Insurance claims over the 18 – 24 of December in previous years have risen by a massive 53%.
Head of Insurance at The Co-operative, Grant Mitchell:
“Our data shows that people are more likely to be involved in 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.”
BEWARE OF BOGUS CAR RENTAL COMPANIES
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association is telling motorists to take care over cheap Christmas car hire deals.
It’s making drivers aware of the rising number of bogus hire car companies advertising on the Internet or in the press, with many festive travellers caught out over the last two years.
Low prices and great nationwide availability are promised, with hundreds of pounds asked as a deposit for a hire car that never materialises.
Similar scams could already be in operation this year, so beware if you’re looking to rent a vehicle over the festive break.
The BVRLA are advising to follow some simple steps so as not to get ripped-off this holiday:
– Only use a BVRLA-registered member
– Never hand over cash. Most reputable rental firms will take credit or debit cards
– Make sure the company has a registered premises and is not operating from a PO Box or virtual address
– Make sure the company actually owns the cars they are renting. This could present insurance issues
– Remember, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is…