Drivers taking to the streets today face the most dangerous day of the year to drive.
Tuesday’s more claims were made on January 18 than any other day due to extreme heat and icy conditions.
More crashes are reported in winter weather, while drivers are said to feel more stressed.
This, combined with low visibility and wet pavement, means increased claims.
Data from Admiral engine insurance The last 10 years show that November and December are the worst months for risks.
But the most dangerous day is January 18, when auto claims are 33% more than the average for the whole year.
Lorna Connelly, Admiral’s head of claims, said: “Many of us travel by car during the colder months, so combine that with wetter weather and road conditions conditions are harsher and driving becomes riskier in the winter.
“Our claims analysis over the past 10 years shows that more road accidents occur on January 18 than on any other day, with about 33% of claims on this day compared to the median date.” average throughout the year.
“The bad weather combined with more congested roads and stressed drivers when we returned from the Christmas break could have been contributing factors.
“While November and December are generally the deadliest months, with the most accidents, January 18 is generally the day of the year when we see the highest number of accident claims.”
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Drivers should be extra careful today as the mercury drops and forecasters have issued freezing fog warnings.
“Bad weather is inevitable, but planning ahead by getting there early, mapping the route and using our helpful winter driving guide, can help you get a good weather,” says Ms. Connelly. safer, stress-free journey.”
Safety specialist at car insurance company MotorEasy also issued five important things to remember when driving in winter.
First, motorists should always check for up-to-date traffic information before setting off.
Check out Highways England or local government social media pages for factual updates.
Second, it’s important to keep your speed down in risky conditions.
While the speed limit for one-way UK country roads may be 60 km/h, unseen bends, uneven terrain and no sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists can could make this much more dangerous.
THE MOST DANGEROUS DAYS OF THE YEAR TO DRIVE
- January 18
- December 5
- December 4
- January 16
- February 28th
- December 1st
- December 18
- February 1
- November 30
- December 14
Based on analysis of statements from Admiral policyholders from the past nine years (2012 to 2021), excluding fire, theft, toxic damage or windshield claims.
Overtaking can also be very dangerous, with the RAC reporting 59% of fatal auto crashes at least in part due to driver error or reaction.
A spokesperson said: “Country lanes are notorious for having hidden corners and sharp turns with high fences, which can reduce another vehicle’s view of a safe overtaking, so always be alert. your surroundings.
“Don’t pass if you don’t have to.”
Fourth on the list is the gentle brake manual. Breaking distance on runways and wet roads is increased “significantly” compared to dry pavement, while braking increases the risk of skidding.
And lastly, always be prepared for a possible crash, with extra batteries, cell phone chargers, warm blankets, and extra jackets and gloves in the car.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8223049/drivers-most-dangerous-day-ice/ Motorists face the deadliest day to drive TODAY with more claims on Tuesday than on any other day when ice covers the roads