Accidents are 10 times more likely at 30mph than 70mph

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New data has revealed the number of accidents in different speed-limit zones. The results show more accidents on 30mph roads than all other speed limits combined.

In total, there were 79,569 accidents on 30mph roads in 2017. Second-placed were 60mph roads, with 16,723.

What’s notable, is how much ‘safer’ motorways are, in spite of perceptions. Just 8,156 accidents were recorded on motorways in 2017. Only 50mph roads, at 5,286, had less accidents recorded.

In between are 40mph roads and 20mph roads, clocking 10,615 and 9,633 accidents respectively.

Scotland is safest

So, why are there so many accidents on 30mph roads? For a start, they’re often relatively busy; the potential for dings in stop-start traffic is high.

Speaking of dings, it’s important to say what counts as an ‘accident’. If every bumper-tap and mirror-smash on a 30mph road is counted, we’re not surprised 30mph limits take the lead.

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As for age groups, surprisingly, it’s 26-35 year-olds who are most accident-prone. They’re getting in 23 percent of accidents, with the traditionally crash-tastic 16-25 year-olds straggling with 20 percent. Perhaps drivers are getting too careless as they begin to mature?

As for where is the safest to drive? Scotland wins out, with just 29 accidents per 10,000 cars. London, typically, is a crash hotbed, with 101 accidents per 10,000 cars.

Revealed: the classic cars most likely to be involved in an accident

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Owners of older British cars are less likely to be involved in a road accident than drivers of modern classics, according to data released by ClassicLine Insurance. Ian Fray, managing director of the insurance company, said: “Our customers with British classics, especially older models, appear to be involved in the fewest road accidents as reflected in the number of insurance claims.” Here, we reveal the vehicles with the highest accident claim frequency, followed by those with the lowest. The results are presented in reverse order.

10. Chevrolet Corvette

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Perhaps it should come as no surprise to find the Chevrolet Corvette propping up the naughty list. The first Corvette rolled off the Michigan production line in June 1953 and it has been delivering all-American thrills ever since.

9. TVR Griffith 500

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Arguably one of TVR’s most famous cars, the Griffith 500 was powered by a 5.0-litre V8 producing 340hp and 350lb ft of torque. By TVR’s own admission, it “required close attention, especially in the wet”, which is why it appears on the ClassicLine list.

8. Rolls-Royce Corniche

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We’re not sure what a Rolls-Royce is doing here, because luxury cars tend to be driven with care and consideration. The Corniche is essentially a two-door Silver Shadow and it was, at its launch, Britain’s most expensive new car.

7. Ford Mustang

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Until the launch of the current Mustang, Ford’s ‘Pony Car’ wasn’t officially imported into the UK. But for some car enthusiasts, a Capri or Probe just didn’t cut it, which is why so many Mustangs arrived on these shores.

6. Mercedes-Benz SLK

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With a premium badge, an electric folding hard-top roof and German engineering, the Mercedes-Benz SLK is a popular modern classic. Amazingly, you can pick up a perfectly serviceable SLK for less than two grand, but with so many to choose from, you’d be advised to look at a few before you buy.

5. Porsche Boxster S

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Unveiled in 1996, the Boxster was a sports car designed for those who aspired to 911 ownership but didn’t have the means to achieve their dream. The Boxster S arrived in 2000, with power sourced from a 250hp 3.2-litre engine.

4. Nissan Figaro

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The Nissan Figaro was based on the humble Micra and built purely for the Japanese market. But its retro styling meant that it became a popular ‘grey import’, with hundreds arriving on these shores. A total of 12,000 were produced, so finding a good one shouldn’t be a problem.

3. BMW Z3

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The Z3 completes the trio of two-seater sports cars that competed with each other around the turn of the millennium. In truth, the BMW sat somewhere between the precision of the Boxster and the soft focus of the SLK. A role in Goldeneye shot the Z3 to stardom.

2. TVR Tuscan

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Speaking of film connections, a TVR Tuscan starred in the 2001 movie Swordfish. The Tuscan name was first used in the 1960s, but was reintroduced for the Speed Six of the new millennium. Evo magazine described it as a “ballistic drive”. Enough said.

1. Jaguar XK8

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The Jaguar XK8 is, according to ClassicLine Insurance, the classic car with the highest accident claim frequency. Ian Fray said: “As you would expect, modern classics have a higher top speed and faster acceleration than older cars, which might explain why they are more likely to be involved in a motoring incident.”

And the least likely…

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But what about the classic cars least likely to be involved in an accident? According to Ian Fray, “drivers of older classics also know they have fewer safety features to protect them in the case of an accident, possibly meaning an increased sense of awareness of the limitations of their model if it is hit.” Read on to discover the classics with the lowest accident claim frequency.

10. Reliant Scimitar GTE

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The Reliant Scimitar and Princess Anne connection has become a motoring cliche, but according to the Sporting Reliants website, other famous GTE owners include Noel Edmonds, Nick Hewer, Barry Sheene and William ‘Ken Barlow’ Roach.

9. Triumph Stag

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With a reliable engine, the Triumph Stag could have been a British sports car to conquer the world. By now, most of the engine problems will have been solved, while many of the restored cars will be better than when they left the factory.

8. MG TF

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It’s amazing to discover that all of the cars on the ‘safe’ list were built in Britain, which suggests that these old and modern classics are driven by careful and considerate types. Launched in 2002, the MG TF was as a comprehensive overhaul of the MGF and was Britain’s answer to the Mazda MX-5.

7. MGB

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The MGB: the quintessential British sports car and a popular choice as a starter classic. More than half a million were built during a production run spanning nearly two decades. The last one rolled off the line in October 1980.

6. MG Midget

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What is about MGs and careful owners? Forty percent of the cars on the ‘safe’ list wear the Morris Garages badge, with the Midget finishing sixth. Aside from the careful owners, we suspect the fact that these cars tend to be used at weekends and during fine weather also plays a part.

5. Austin Mini

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Of the cars in the top five, three are Austins and one is an MG. First up is the Austin Mini, a car celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019. Coincidentally, it’s also 50 years since the release of The Italian Job, although the red, white and blue Minis weren’t too great at protecting their no-claims discount.

4. Austin A35

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We reckon Austin A35 fall into two distinct camps. On the one hand, you have those who will spend hours polishing their A35 to within an inch of perfection, before attending a classic car show at the weekend. On the flip side, you have those who enjoy some historic racing.

3. Sunbeam Alpine

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Designed to tackle the lucrative American market, the Sunbeam Tiger looked fantastic and was adept at providing a smooth and comfortable driving experience. It’s not the sharpest classic sports car you can buy, but the Alpine spawned the Sunbeam Tiger, complete with Ford V8 power.

2. Austin Seven

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The Austin Seven was launched in 1922 and it helped to transform the British motoring scene. “The Seven has done more than anything previously to bring about my ambition to motorise the masses,” said Herbert Austin.

1. MGA

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This is it: the classic car least likely to be involved in an accident, according to ClassicLine Insurance. Take a bow, MGA owners, along with a generous no-claims discount.

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A third of young drivers are being wrongly blamed for accidents

Car accidentsResearch by dash cam manufacturer Nextbase has found that nearly a third (29 percent) of young drivers are either being wrongly found guilty in car-to-car motoring incidents, or are prematurely pleading guilty when they’re not.

Nextbase suggests the stress of a crash situation might be behind this – and that more experienced drivers are taking advantage of it.

Younger drivers can feel vulnerable, says the firm, and lead to panicked admissions of fault, even if they are not actually to blame. Those who have more experience can exploit this and secure an unfair admission of guilt from the younger motorist.

This is where dash cams can come in very handy for younger drivers. They offer conclusive proof, one way or the other, of who is at fault. If it is the younger driver, the experience is beneficial and justice is done. If it’s the more experienced driver, they can be held accountable and again teach both a valuable lesson.

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Car insurance for younger drivers is notoriously expensive. The average fully comprehensive car insurance policy for an under-24 comes in at a heady £1,116.

In response, Nextbase has partnered with a car insurer to create a deal that could ease the blow. Called MyFirstUK insurance, the scheme is offering 30 percent off premiums when a Nextbase 312GW dash cam has been fitted in the vehicle.

“With research showing that a large proportion of young drivers are getting blamed for accidents that may have not been their fault, a dash cam can act as a witness to help prove innocence,” said Richard Browning, director of Nextbase.

“Research shows that the older you get, the worse your reactions are. However, younger drivers are still getting penalised with sky-high car insurance costs.

“By unveiling this offer with MyFirst, we hope to give the younger generation a solution to keep safe on the roads and save money at the same time.”

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1 in 4 new car buyers will crash soon after delivery

A sideswiped BMW M3New research from Admiral Car Insurance has revealed that a shocking one in four new car buyers are likely to have an accident not long after their purchase. Drivers of new cars are 21 percent more likely to have an accident than those who have owned their car more than 12 months.

There seems to be a correlation with money spent versus the likelihood of having an accident, too. Admiral found the big three German execs – Audi, Mercedes and BMW – ranked as the top three marques that were more likely to be crashed when new.

The types of accidents new cars are most likely to be involved in seems to suggest it’s mostly because we’re not used to them yet. The top four involve bumping into inanimate objects – spacial awareness and not being used to the size. The fifth is an impact with an animal – hard luck.

Interestingly, the ninth most likely accident in a new car is ‘hit by a falling object’.

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According to the research, female motorists are most likely to have a ding when driving a new car. The difference is marginal, however. Just 51 percent of claims made for accidents in a new car involved women, compared to 47 percent being men. Women are better in older cars, though with just 47 percent versus men taking up 52 percent in old cars. Overall, it’s fairly even.

“Whether you have a brand-new car or even one that’s new to you, adjusting to the different size and dimensions of the vehicle can take some time,” said Lorna Connelly, head of claims at Admiral.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just passed your driving test or have been driving for some time, the likelihood of having an accident increases when you change your car so it’s important drivers buying a new car this week take care to avoid bumping their new wheels.”

10 types of accidents MORE common by drivers in new cars than old cars

  1. Collision in a car park
  2. Insured hit a bollard while parking
  3. Insured hit a post
  4. Insured hit a wall
  5. Insured hit animal
  6. Insured hit a lamppost
  7. Another driver insured in the rear
  8. Another driver hit the insured’ parked and unattended car
  9. Insured hit by a falling object
  10. Insured hit other [car]

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Younger drivers most likely to trigger serious accident alerts


Britain’s biggest black box car insurance company has released new data that appears to show that some of the riskiest drivers on our roads are also some of the youngest.

Insurethebox has been providing telematics-based car insurance since 2010. It recently analysed its records for 2017 – and has found that, from 4 million miles of driving data, drivers aged 17-21 were responsive for more than 7 in 10 of the most serious ‘high impact collision alerts’ via its Accident Alert service.

These alerts are auto-generated when dangerous incidents are detected. It works in a similar way to eCall, the automatic emergency call function that’s now mandatory on new cars sold in the EU.

The alerts are triggered when a significant G-force is registered: the system will examine the time of day, whether the vehicle is still moving, and what road the car is on. If it senses an accident is a possibility, contact with the driver is automatically attempted. If this unsuccessful, the emergency services can remotely be alerted by an operator.


For younger drivers to generate such a high proportion of the highest-level collision alerts is naturally damming, but the firm is framing it as a positive: “Our Accident Alert service is an example of telematics technology making UK roads safer,” said its road safety manager Simon Rewell.

“We provide young drivers with the benefits of connected motoring – and they don’t need to buy a brand new car to access it.” 

Insurethebox revealed some other interesting findings from the data: it seems drivers who trigger Accident Alerts between midnight and 5am are six times more likely to require emergency services, with 43 percent of all accident alerts being triggered after 5pm.

The highest number of alerts throughout the year were triggered in December, while vehicles on a 30mph road are six times more likely to trigger an alert than those on a motorway, no matter what time of year it is.

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Drivers most likely to crash driving home from work


You’re more likely to have an accident on the way home from work than at any other time of the week. That’s according to ClickMechanic, which has analysed figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).

A perfect storm of more cars on the road and commuters rushing home from work means that the number of car accidents hits a peak between 5pm and 6pm on weekdays. The DfT figures show that 7,150 accidents occurred during this unhappy hour in 2016.

Unsurprisingly, the school run is another contributing factor to the likelihood of having a prang, with 4-5pm (6,612 accidents) and 8-9am (6,024) the other high points during the week.

The likelihood of an accident tumbles at the weekend, especially in the morning, as most incidents tend to occur between 11am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The peak times tend to coincide with shop closing times and sporting events.

Strangely, there appears to be no correlation between the time of year and the chances of an accident. There’s a slight increase in the number of crashes during the winter months (9,276 in January and 9,200 in November), but August produced the second-highest number (9,249 accidents).

Andrew Jervis, co-founder of ClickMechanic, said: “We must take care and stay alert as we drive, particularly during the peak travelling times as there is more traffic and a higher chance of an incident occurring.

“The fact that drivers are having more accidents in the evenings implies that they are tired after a day’s work and are perhaps eager to get home, resulting in them being more careless on the roads.

“With the winter months and the shorter days coming up, all UK drivers must ensure that they make every effort to drive safely and take their time during their commutes.”

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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.

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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.