December 5 is the most dangerous day to drive on the UK’s roads, according to research by Co-op Insurance.
Data from the insurer shows that more road accidents and collisions have occurred on the date in the past seven years than any other.
Adverse weather conditions, shorter days and busy roads all contribute to the risks of driving on the specific day, according to Co-op.
‘Consistently the most dangerous day to be on the road’
Ian Kershaw, Head of Claims at Co-op Insurance, said that December 5 has consistently been “the most dangerous day to be on the road.”
He said of the organisation’s findings: “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.
Kershaw also recommended that motorists be particularly wary on Friday’s at this time of year.
“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.”
Tips for winter driving
Simple steps can be taken to significantly reduce the risks of winter driving.
Co-op recommend cleaning windows regularly as the build-up of condensation or dirt on windows “can cause impairment when driving.”
Motorists should also ensure that there vehicle is suitably equipped for freezing conditions by topping up antifreeze, and packing an emergency kit containing; a scraper, a shovel, boots, a torch, warm clothes, first aid kit, high-visibility vest and food and drink.
Checking tyres have the correct pressure and enough tread for icy- roads is also essential, as is the maintenance of lights for early morning and night time driving.
For longer journeys drivers should factor in additional time for bad weather and check weather reports before setting off.