Christmas Caution: ‘tis the season to have crashes


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7 years of data shows December includes 6 of the 10 worst dates for crashes in the year

  • December also includes 6 of the 10 quietest dates for accidents
  • There are 277% more accidents on the busiest date for accidents than on the quietest
  • Christmas Day easily has the fewest collisions of any day in the year
  • Glasgow had the highest number of Christmas Day crashes last year

Car insurance specialist Admiral is warning motorists to be extra alert as peak car crash season is almost here. Analysis of its own accident claims data from the last 7 years reveals 6 of the 10 worst days for collisions occur in the first half of December.

The worst day for crashes in the lead up to Christmas is 5 December, which has the second highest number of accidents of any date in the calendar. But when looking at the 10 dates of the year with the highest number of collisions, it’s not the only day at the beginning of December to make the list, as 5 others make the top 10.

10 dates with the highest number of road accidents over the last 7 years:




18 January


5 December


1 December


16 January


30 November


14 December


15 December


4 December


7 November


12 December

Overall December is a month of two halves though, as Admiral’s research also shows 6 of the 10 quietest dates of the year for crashes are in the second half of the month. Over the last 7 years, the insurer has seen twice as many accidents happen on the 6 busiest days of December than on the 6 quietest days.

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