Analysis of more than five billion miles of driving data reveals which day in December you are most likely to have an accident. Forget Friday the 13th (tomorrow), it’s the actually following Monday you need to be extra careful.
InsureTheBox looked at driving miles on its telemetry systems to determine which days are the most dangerous. The 16th of December came back with the second-highest number of accidents for the entire year.
Daylight is in short supply on this date, while weather conditions are often treacherous.
“Winter driving conditions can be a challenge for even the most experienced drivers – and for new drivers, black ice, snow or heavy rain can be especially daunting,” said Gary Stewart, service manager at InsureTheBox.
“They can be caught out by black ice on an ungritted road or temporarily blinded by the glare of the bright winter sun. Now we are well and truly in the winter months, it’s important, particularly for new drivers, to know how to react in different weather conditions and to spot the potential hazards.”
Stewart goes on to highlight various hazards winter roads can present, such as ice on roads preserved by overhead tree shade, plus greater stopping distances more generally.
“By taking time to understand the risks and adjust their behaviour, young drivers can stay safe this winter,” he concluded.
Make sure your lights work and are clear of grime, and that your tyres, wipers and brakes are in good condition. Take your time and reduce your speed.
Reduce the possibility of breakdowns by making sure your car is topped up with fluids. An emergency kit, including warm clothing, blankets, food and drink are good things to have on board, should the worst happen.