Britain’s Bank Holiday drivers urged to take care on ‘most dangerous day’ on roads
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Britain’s Bank Holiday drivers urged to take care on ‘most dangerous day’ on roads

TODAY is the most dangerous day on Britain’s roads, according to a new study.

As tens of thousands take to the roads on the Bank Holiday weekend, one insurer has warned that more claims are made on May 26 than any other date.

Data from Endsleigh Insurance Services shows that the South East accounted for most of the claims made last year, however Northern Ireland also made a high number of claims.

Meanwhile Vauxhall owners were most likely to be involved in an incident according to the data, with Fords, Volkswagens and Peugeots also featuring highly on the list.

Julia Alpan, head of marketing at Endsleigh, said: “We were surprised to see that the most dangerous day last year fell during the spring months, rather than the winter when you’d expect the roads to be icy and more treacherous.

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“This year, the date falls on a bank holiday so we’re anticipating it could be a record day for claims once again.”

New drivers safer

Endsleigh’s internal claims found that people in the South East made 19 per cent of all claims in 2017, with the Midlands named as the second most dangerous region for drivers, with 17 per cent of claims made.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and the South West also had a high number of claims during 2017, with each accounting for 10 per cent of claims.

Despite the South East being the most likely region for claims, London accounted for only 5 per cent of overall claims.

Wales was the safest region, making up only 4 per cent of claims.

Endsleigh’s figures also suggested new drivers were the most cautious in 2017, as 17-year-olds were involved in fewer than one per cent of incidents.

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However 21-year-olds accounted for almost 10 per cent of claims, with drivers aged between 20 and 25 responsible for 39 per cent of all claims made in 2017.

TOP 10 MOST DANGEROUS DRIVING LOCATIONS*

South East

Midlands

South West

Northern Ireland

Scotland

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North East

The South

East Anglia

North West

London

TOP 10 VEHICLES MOST LIKELY TO BE IN A ROAD TRAFFIC INCIDENT*

Vauxhall

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Ford

Volkswagen

Peugeot

Renault

Audi

BMW

Toyota

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Fiat

Citroen

TOP 10 AGES MOST LIKELY TO BE IN A ROAD TRAFFIC INCIDENT*

21

20

22

23

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24

25

19

26

27

28

*(All data based on order of claims made in 2017)

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