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New study suggests that you’re more likely to be involved in a road accident this Friday than on any other day in the year
Motorists are being urged to drive with extra care this Friday, on what is predicted to be the worst day of the year for road accidents.
In 2015, there were 74 per cent more accidents on January 29 than there were on a typical day. And this year it is again likely to be the most dangerous day to drive, according to statistical analysis by the accident management company Accident Exchange.
Vehicle accidents tend to be clustered towards the latter part of the week anyway, with approximately 19 per cent more occurring on a Friday than on the average weekday.
What’s more, the rush to head home for the weekend combines with January’s dark evenings for a 5-6pm peak in collisions, with numbers up 53 per cent on any given hour between 10am and 5pm.
The fact that up to 100mm of rain is expected to fall this week as the tail end of Storm Jonas moves over the UK only adds to the risk.
Liz Fisher, sales director at Accident Exchange, said: “The study sheds an interesting light on the seasonal effects on motorists.
“The combination of poor weather conditions, congestion and likely fatigue at the end of the week means it may come as no surprise that we are approaching peak time in the calendar for accidents.”
The study examined 35,000 incidents recorded by Accident Exchange between October 2014 and December 2015.
In addition to revealing which day is the most dangerous, the statistics show that men are twice as likely as women to be involved in an accident while driving.
UK roads are among the safest in the world, but there are still an estimated 2.2 million accidents on them each year.