The most dangerous day to drive

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The accident rate could spike this Friday

New study suggests that you’re more likely to be involved in a road accident this Friday than on any other day in the year

Motorists are being urged to drive with extra care this Friday, on what is predicted to be the worst day of the year for road accidents.

In 2015, there were 74 per cent more accidents on January 29 than there were on a typical day. And this year it is again likely to be the most dangerous day to drive, according to statistical analysis by the accident management company Accident Exchange.

Vehicle accidents tend to be clustered towards the latter part of the week anyway, with approximately 19 per cent more occurring on a Friday than on the average weekday.

What’s more, the rush to head home for the weekend combines with January’s dark evenings for a 5-6pm peak in collisions, with numbers up 53 per cent on any given hour between 10am and 5pm.

The fact that up to 100mm of rain is expected to fall this week as the tail end of Storm Jonas moves over the UK only adds to the risk.

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Liz Fisher, sales director at Accident Exchange, said: “The study sheds an interesting light on the seasonal effects on motorists.

“The combination of poor weather conditions, congestion and likely fatigue at the end of the week means it may come as no surprise that we are approaching peak time in the calendar for accidents.”

The study examined 35,000 incidents recorded by Accident Exchange between October 2014 and December 2015.

In addition to revealing which day is the most dangerous, the statistics show that men are twice as likely as women to be involved in an accident while driving.

UK roads are among the safest in the world, but there are still an estimated 2.2 million accidents on them each year.

Seven secrets to winter driving, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists

  1. Check that your windscreen washer is topped up with washer fluid for the appropriate outside temperature and that your wiper blades are clean.
  2. Clear any snow, ice and mist so that you have a clear view out of all windows – not just the windscreen.
  3. Turn on your headlights to see and be seen; bad weather causes poor visibility for all motorists.
  4. Take it slow and allow extra time for your journey, even if it is the usual work or school run.
  5. In snow or ice, keep well back from the vehicle in front. When roads are slippery it could take ten times longer to stop, so you need to look a long way ahead and plan to change lanes as necessary.
  6. Use low gears to help maintain traction in icy conditions, especially on hills, and use gears to restrain speed on downhill sections to avoid the need to brake.
  7. Pack an emergency kit, such as warm outdoor clothes, a reflective jacket, a torch, a spade, a flask of hot tea or coffee, and a fully-charged mobile phone.

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