Next Monday Is Most Dangerous Day To Drive

Mon 11th Jan 2021

If UK lockdown wasn’t excuse enough to stay off the roads, new research has revealed that Monday 18th January is the most dangerous day to drive on the road.

Data published by Admiral Insurance has found that your are statistically 275 per cent more likely to have an accident on 18th January than you are on 25th December, which is the safest day of the year according to research.

January 16th is the 6th most dangerous day, but most of the top ten most dangerous days come in November and December, with unsurprisingly winter days of fog and ice dominating the list.

“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,” said Lorna Connelly, Head of Claims at Admiral.

“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.”