Danger Day: 5th December is the riskiest day of the year to drive

04 December 2015

  • Vauxhall Astra drivers are in the most collisions
  • Men more likely to claim than women
  • East Anglia is the most dangerous region to drive

Motorists are being urged to take care this coming Saturday as it is officially the most dangerous day of the year to be on the roads.

After analysing thousands of claims, 5th December is officially ‘Danger Day’ with more accidents and collisions on this day than any other according to the Co-op Insurance*.

According to the data Vauxhall Astra drivers are involved in the most accidents, with men more likely to be in a crash than women -  men have historically been involved in over half (61%) of collisions on this day in comparison to 39% women.

East Anglia, the Midlands and the North West are the regions where most accidents have taken place in the past, accounting for 50% of claims on ‘Danger Day’. The average age of a driver involved in a collision on ‘Danger Day’ is 49.

Nick Ansley, Head of Motor Insurance at the Co-op, said:

“From our analysis the 5th December is statistically the day when most accidents happen on the roads.

“In the run up to Christmas where the roads are busier with many making last minute trips to the shops, darker nights and icy road conditions the likelihood of accidents increase.

 “We would urge drivers to take care on the roads this Saturday and not become a statistic.”


Notes to editors

* Based on claims data from  January 2012 to November 2015


For further information please contact:

Jenna Moss

Press & Media Relations Manager – The Co-operative Group

Tel: 0161 767 4354/07770 441 828

Email: jenna.moss@co-operative.coop


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