UK motorists hurtling towards January Doomsday


UK motorists are being warned to stay off the road this Friday, as the country prepares for a perfect storm of incidents and accidents. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s time for another set of statistics…

According to Accident Exchange, there are approximately 19% more accidents on a Friday compared to the average week-day, with people rushing home from work and seemingly forgetting how to drive in the process.

But that’s not all, because the accident management firm says 29 January is statistically the busiest day of the year for accidents.

So bad, in fact, that Accident Exchange is calling it JANUARY DOOMSDAY.

[bctt tweet=”Take our advice: stay at home and watch Phillip and Holly instead.”]

That’s right, on the same day in 2015, there were 74% more accidents than average, with Accident Exchange confidently predicting there will be around 10,500 accidents on Friday. This is compared to the 6,000 recorded incidents on a day that isn’t called JANUARY DOOMSDAY.

In fact, you’re eight times more likely to have an accident this Friday then you would have been on Christmas Day, which is officially the least accident-prone day of the year. Sadly we have no statistics for the number of accidents caused by flaming Christmas puds or rage caused as a result of frustrating packaging.

If you’re a man, you’re probably better off staying in bed, with two-thirds of accidents attributed to male drivers. Take our advice: stay at home and watch Phillip and Holly instead.


Liz Fisher, sales director at Accident Exchange, said: “The study sheds an interesting light on the seasonal effects on motorists across the UK.

“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 between October 2014 and December 2015, with the figures based on the estimated 2.2 million accidents annually.

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