Co-op Insurance urges drivers to take care this Black Friday

The last Friday in November, known as Black Friday, traditionally sees 48% more motor vehicle accidents than an average day.

By Kate Baxter

Posted: Friday, 25th November 2022 12:00 am

Drivers are urged to take care on Black Friday
Drivers are urged to take care on Black Friday
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Co-op Insurance urges drivers to take care this Black Friday as day sees 48% more motor accidents than an average day

 The peak Christmas shopping day signals the start of the motor claims season

  • Co-op Insurance data shows that the last Friday in November has on average 6% more motor accidents than other Fridays in November, and 48% more than an average day
  • Data shows claims on a Friday are 61% higher than on a Sunday

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – Drivers beware! Co-op Insurance is urging drivers to take extra precautions on the roads this Black Friday (November 25), with claims data revealing the last Friday in November sees 48% more motor vehicle accident and collision claims than an average day. 

 Data from Co-op Insurance suggests the deterioration of weather conditions and road works in November contribute to a high number of crashes and road incidents. At the peak of the holiday shopping season, adverse unpredictable weather and the added stress of getting ready for the festive celebrations can catch drivers off guard, leading to a spike in motor claims.

 Within the last 5 years, claims on a Friday were on average 61% higher than on a Sunday, the safest day to travel. Furthermore, Black Friday usually occurs on the last Friday of November - leading to a direct spike in Motor Accident & Collision claims compared to any other Friday in November, at an average of 6% more.

 Paul Evans, Head of Motor at Co-op Insurance, said: "Our claims data shows over recent years Black Friday is a dangerous day to be on the road.

 "This is when we see the most claims for incidents, as evenings become darker, there's more adverse weather conditions and roads are generally busier as people commence their Christmas shopping.

"We're urging drivers to take sensible precautions by allowing extra time for your journey and checking car lights and tyres before setting off on journeys. This is especially important at a time when there is an increased risk on the roads."


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