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November’s Friday rush-hour is UK’s biggest crash-hour

4th November 2010 Print

Road users are more likely to have an accident during a Friday evening rush hour in November than at any other time during the year.

According to data released by leading accident management company, Accident Exchange, the sixty minutes between 5pm and 6pm at the end of the working week is the worst for crashes.

The figures are based on analysis of over 200,000 qualified incidents during the last five years.

A combination of the wettest month on the calendar and driver’s still adjusting to the darker road conditions after the clocks went back on 31st October, were blamed for the spike.

After November with 9.2 percent, the most dangerous month on the road was December (8.9 percent).

Across the year, Accident Exchange found that motorists are more than twice as likely to be involved in a crash on a Friday (17.9 percent) than the quietest day of the week - a Sunday (8.8 percent).

“The statistics are just a word of warning at a time when driving conditions start to change for the worse for the winter months or so,” says Lee Woodley of Accident Exchange.

“However, the factors contributing to an accident are so numerous that the best advice is remain vigilant at all times and drive to the conditions around you.”