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Christmas crash commotion: festive season sees the worst and the best days for accidents

Insurer reveals just ten days separated the best and the worst days for car accidents in 2017

  • 14th, 15th, 22nd and 23rd December are historically some of the busiest days of the year for crashes
  • Christmas Day always sees the fewest number of accidents in the year
  • Drivers in Cardiff and Bexley had the highest number of Christmas holiday crashes last year

The lead up to Christmas is a frantic time, so with all the chaos and distraction of December, car insurer Admiral is reminding motorists to take extra care on the road in the festive period. It has found that the run up to Christmas includes some of its busiest days of the year for road accidents, and in 2017 included the busiest day of the whole year for crashes and bumps.

Last year Admiral recorded the highest number of accidents for the whole of 2017 on 15 December. But December is a month of extremes, as it also includes the day with the the lowest number of accidents recorded in the entire year; Christmas Day. In fact Admiral saw five and a half time more accident claims on 15 December 2017 compared with Christmas Day last year.

Admiral has looked at its claims data from the last five years*, and every year the 25 December has the fewest accidents of any date in the calendar. On average Admiral sees just one third the number of accidents on Christmas Day as on the average day in December.