Crunch time for motorists as claims surge by a third following relaxation of lockdown rules

22 June 2020

Traffic

Motor incidents have increased by over a third (35%) in the last few weeks, according to Co-op Insurance’s claims data released today.

With non-essential shops recently re-opening and as the Government advises people to walk, cycle or drive where possible, Co-op Insurance is anticipating a further surge in road traffic incidents.

Whilst research from the insurer shows almost a fifth (19%) of people continue to use public transport, a sixth (16%) of motorists say that in the last month alone they have been driving more.

When asked why, almost three fifths (59%) of those who have been using a car more believe driving is safer than public transport. Meanwhile, over a tenth (12%) of motorists said they’ve been driving as opposed to using public transport because they don’t want to wear face coverings.

Whilst overall the insurer is seeing less claims than it did compared to before lockdown, perhaps the reason for this sudden increase in motor collisions is the fact that many motorists are out of the habit of driving regularly due to lockdown.

In addition to this latest business data, the insurer recently revealed that collisions with cyclists have doubled in the last few weeks. As a result, Co-op is urging all road users to take extra care when getting back behind the wheel.

Nick Ansley, Head of Motor Insurance at Co-op said: “As lockdown measures ease we’ve seen a significant increase in collisions on the roads.

“Prior to lockdown, many motorists across the country drove regularly, whether that be to commute, to see friends or family or take day trips. With concerns about public transport and official advice to consider all other forms of transport, such as driving, cycling or walking, it’s clear that even more people are taking to the roads. “With this in mind, we’re reminding all road users to take extra care to help keep themselves, others and their communities safe.”

Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns at Brake said: “The increase in collisions may feel inevitable but it shouldn’t be and is concerning, especially with the increase in people cycling on the roads, some for the very first time. We urge people to only drive if essential and be extra vigilant for people cycling and walking.”

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Notes to Editors All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2080 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10th - 11th June 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

Claims for collisions based on Co-op Insurance data from 9 May 2020 to 10 June 2020.

About Co-op Insurance: Co-op Insurance is part of the Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance, legal services and health. It has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates 2,600 food stores, over 1,000 funeral homes and it provides products to over 5,100 other stores, including those run by independent co-operative societies and through its wholesale business, Nisa Retail Limited. It has more than 63,000 colleagues and an annual revenue of over £10 billion.

About Brake Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.