March is the second-worst month for accidents after November, according to new analysis from industry specialist, AX.
Winter months see a 7.45% spike in road accidents, with rear-end collisions the most common, while the 10-minute spike between 17:00 and 17:10 sees most prangs across the evening rush-hour peak. The 3pm school-run is the next most accident-prone time on UK roads
The analysis of over 57,000 vehicle accidents managed by AX on behalf of its automotive and insurance industry partners shows that the evening commute between 16:00 and 18:00 accounts for nearly a fifth of incidents on any given day.
Almost one in six prangs during the evening peak occur in the 10-minute period starting at 5pm, making it the most error-prone time for drivers, whereas taking to the road just 10 minutes later could half the risk of being involved in an accident.
With 34% of accidents involving one car hitting the rear of another, AX is warning motorists ahead of the traditionally wet March to leave a sensible gap to the car in front.
“Stopping distances double in the rain and are as high as 10 times more in icy and snowy conditions,” says Scott Hamilton-Cooper of AX. “This goes some way to also explaining why 31% of incidents we manage involve a moving car hitting a parked one as the driver loses control.”
And yet, despite increasingly commonplace technology like reversing sensors and cameras, nearly one in 12 winter crashes involves a driver reversing into a stationary car.
Top 5 types of winter road crashes
|Hit in rear||34.25%|
|Hit whilst parked||31.51%|
|Third party pulled in front of car||12.88%|
|Third party reversed into stationary car||7.79%|