When are you more likely to be involved in an accident?
Winter car prangs, bumps and scrapes peak in the 10 minutes between 17:00 and 17:10, according to new research from accident specialist, AX.
The analysis of over 57,000 vehicle accidents shows that the evening commute between 16:00 and 18:00 accounts for nearly a fifth of incidents on any given day.
Almost one in six prangs during the evening peak occur in the 10-minute period starting at 5pm, making it the most error-prone time for drivers. Taking to the road just 10 minutes later could half the risk of being involved in an accident.
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The evening rush hour is followed by the 3pm school run as the most accident-prone time on UK roads.
Within the two-hour period between 14:00 and 16:00, the majority of crashes took place in the 10 minutes between 15:00 and 15:10 as most parents are rushing to pick their children up from school.
Share of accidents across the day
|00:00 - 02:00||0.81%|
|02:00 - 04:00||0.47%|
|04:00 - 06:00||0.64%|
|06:00 - 08:00||5.80%|
|08:00 - 10:00||13.06%|
|10:00 - 12:00||13.11%|
|12:00 - 14:00||15.62%|
|14:00 - 16:00||16.04%|
|16:00 - 18:00||17.47%|
|18:00 - 20:00||10.89%|
|20:00 - 22:00||4.19%|
|22:00 - 24:00||1.92%|
This year has already seen snowfall and icy temperatures cause chaos on Britain’s roads, with the winter period of November to March seeing accident rates spike by 7.45% compared with the summer months.
With 34% of accidents involving one car hitting the rear of another, AX is warning motorists ahead of the traditionally wet March to leave a sensible gap to the car in front.
“Stopping distances double in the rain and are as high as 10 times more in icy and snowy conditions,” explains Scott Hamilton-Cooper, director of sales and operations at AX.
“This goes some way to also explaining why 31% of incidents we manage involve a moving car hitting a parked one as the driver loses control.”
And yet, despite increasingly commonplace technology like reversing sensors and cameras, nearly one in 12 winter crashes involves a driver reversing into a stationary car.
Top five types of winter road crashes
|Hit in rear||34.25%|
|Hit whilst parked|
|Third party pulled in front of car||12.88%|
|Third party reversed into stationary car||7.79%|