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Monday the worst day for car accidents

SUPERSTITIOUS fleets can put away their rabbits' feet and lock their lucky heather in a draw – Friday the 13th won't be such a bad day after all.

Although fleet managers may think otherwise, tomorrow may be the worst day to drive, after all, as new research has shown it is Mondays that are the most likely days for an accident.

Research taken from more than 120,000 motor claims by claims management specialist Town & Country Assistance showed that more than 17% of all road accidents happened on a Monday last year. However, this only just edged out Fridays, which accounted for 16.9%.

Theodore Agnew, chief executive at Town & Country, said: 'Our survey shows that in direct contrast to previous years, one day of the working week is now almost as likely as another to produce a motor accident.'

The number of accidents happening at the weekend is also rising, according to the research.

Agnew said: 'This suggests that the traditional structure of the working week may be under stress, with company car drivers in particular less able to switch off than before at weekends and returning to work less rested than previously.

'This would explain both the whittling away of the differential between the likelihood of different days of the week to produce an accident and the fact that Monday is the new danger day for accidents to occur.'

Percentage motor claims per daym (1999/2003)

Monday: 16.67/17.01
Tuesday: 17.13/16.78
Wednesday: 17.43/16.67
Thursday: 16.82/16.84
Friday: 17.70/16.92
Saturday: 8.59/8.91
Sunday: 5.656.88

  • Source: Town & Country

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