Winter is one of the most hazardous times of year for all road users and now new figures published by breakdown recovery provider Accident Exchange have backed up this widely held belief.
According to an analysis of 28,000 accidents recorded across the UK by the company last year, the first three months – January to the end of March – witnessed a 15 per cent higher accident rate than during the rest of the year.
Overall, an extra 70,000 accidents are seen during the winter, with an additional cost to motorists of £150 million and a significantly increased risk of serious injury, or even death.
Scott Hamilton-Cooper, operations director at Accident Exchange, commented: "With one of the coldest Januarys on record already under our belts, motorists will have been even more prone to ice, slippery roads and fog which could easily see this number rise even further."
He concluded that poor visibility, adverse weather and additional congestion all play a part in making the winter a less safe time for drivers. It's therefore imperative that road users do all they can to stay safe.
Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Winter weather can be unpredictable and drivers need to have their wits about them at all times when taking to the roads at this time of year."
Posted on 7th February 2017
< Back to Latest News