5th December is danger day on UK roads

05 December 2018

  • Wednesday 5th December is the most dangerous day of the year to drive
  • Men more likely to claim than women on this day
  • The Midlands is the most dangerous region to drive in

Co-op Insurance is urging drivers to take extra care on the roads on Wednesday 5th December, which has officially been named the most dangerous day of the year.

According to Co-op Insurance’s claims data, more road accidents and collisions occur on the 5th December, ‘danger day’, than any other day of the year.*

Co-op’s data shows that men are more likely to be in a crash with them making up over half (57%) of collision claims on this day than women (43%).

The top five regions for collisions on 5 December are the Midlands (18%), East Anglia (16%), the North East (13%), North West (11%) and South East (10%). Furthermore, the average age of a driver involved in a collision on ‘danger day’ is getting younger, now 48, down from 53 last year and 51 in 2016.

The insurer is also warning drivers to be extra alert on Fridays throughout the winter months in general, as bumps are more likely to happen on this day of the week in December.**

Ian Kershaw, Head of Claims at Co-op Insurance, said:

“Our claims data shows that the 5th December is consistently the most dangerous day to be on the road. This is when we see the most claims for incidents as evenings become darker, there’s more chance of icy roads and roads are generally busier, as people commence their Christmas shopping or begin to head out and about for festive social activities.

“Fridays are another busy claims day as people often take to the roads earlier to make the most of weekend plans. We are urging drivers to take extra precautions by allowing additional time for journeys and suggest checking car lights and tyres before setting off. This is especially important at a time when there is an increased risk on the roads.”

Ian’s top tips to make sure you’re prepared for winter driving:

  • Keep windows clean as in winter a build-up of condensation on the inside or dirt on the outside of your windows can cause impairment when driving

  • Make sure your vehicle is prepared for freezing conditions such as topping up antifreeze and having an emergency kit in the car is also a good idea containing essential items such as de-icer and a scraper, a shovel, boots, a torch, warm clothes, first aid kit, high-visibility vest and food and drink in case you get stuck

  • Check tyres to make sure they have the correct pressure and enough tread for icy roads

  • Make sure lights are clean and working properly for early morning and night time driving as well as days where there is poor visibility

  • Factor in additional time for journeys in bad weather, avoiding areas that may be prone to flooding

  • If going on long journeys, check the weather report before you set off, especially if you are driving to more isolated areas


Notes to editors

*Based on Co-op data- incidents occurring between 1st Oct 2012 and 30 September 2018

**Accidents and collisions during December (2013-2017 Co-op data)

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