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Winter crashes cost motorists £150 million

Wednesday 08 February 2017, By Autovolo

Winter crashes cost motorists £150 million

Winter crashes cost motorists £150 million

Winter costs the UK motorists £150 million more than summer because of the extra crashes that occur, according to one accident aftercare specialist.

Accident Exchange’s study found that approximately 70,000 more accidents happen between January and March than between June and August, with the average repair costing £2,050.

The firm looked at 28,000 incidents recorded between January 2015 and December 2016, then based its findings on the estimated 2.2 million accidents that occur every year in Britain.

The research also showed that accidents are up to 30 per cent more prevalent between 5pm and 6pm than at any other time of day, while Friday is the day most accidents occur.

Scott Hamilton-Cooper, operations director at Accident Exchange, said: “With a mixture of poor weather and visibility, additional congestion and inevitable fatigue toward the end of the week, it’s no surprise that the winter months experience this kind of surge in accidents.

“With one of the coldest Januarys on record already under our belts, motorists will have been even more prone to ice, slippery roads and fog, which could easily see this number rise even further.”