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Term-time accidents increase by 68% during morning drop off

Admiral Car Insurance issues warning to drivers ahead of new school term

  • Claims data from the past 8 years shows that during term time, there are 68% more accidents taking place during the morning school run (between the hours of 8-9am)
  • According to the last 3 years of claims data, accidents during school run hours  peak in September
  • Morning school runs are when accidents are more likely to occur, with 33% more accidents during the morning drop-offs than afternoon pick-ups
  • Admiral Insurance is warning drivers to take care as children start the new school year, as the number of accidents between the hours of 8-9am and 4-5pm rises by 36% during term time

Lorna Connelly, Head of Claims at Admiral Insurance says: “Our roads are about to get much busier again in rush hours, as parents join the traffic when the schools return in September.

“We’re urging all drivers to take extra care on the roads this month as our claims data from the last 3 years reveals September is the highest month for accidents during school run hours (between 8am-9am and 3pm-4pm). Our findings reveal 1 in 7 car accidents in September1 happen during these hours too, so extra care is needed.

“Looking back over claims data during the morning and afternoon school runs over the past eight years (2014 - 2021), 26% fewer accidents occurred during the school holidays2 (between the hours of 8-9am and 4-5pm) compared with the same hours during term time. Between the hours of 8-9am in the school holidays, 40% fewer accidents were reported to us, and 7% fewer during the afternoon school run hours (4-5pm).