They’ll have plenty on their minds already, but shoppers shopping for food or last minute gifts this Christmas may want to be extra careful when stepping out of a parking spot.
Indeed, according to new research, Christmas Eve is the most likely day for motorists to crash into a parking lot.
Admiral Car Insurance named December 24 as the day on which most parking accidents occur, while December 23 was the fourth riskiest day.
Christmas Eve is the date most parking lot collisions occur, admiral’s research shows
The insurer analyzed its claims files for the past nine years and found that Fridays in December were among the highest claim volumes in any given year.
This included all accidents, not just those in parking lots.
There are a number of reasons for this including the weather, the number of people on the roads, and people’s stress due to the Christmas rush.
However, it’s not just these dates that motorists should be careful with, as the insurer warned drivers to be extra careful throughout December.
Of the ten days with the highest volume of overall accident claims, half fell in the last month of the year.
Claims data has shown that December 4 and 5 has historically seen more accident claims than any other date in December.
Over the year as a whole, these dates typically have the second and third highest claim volumes respectively, with only January 18 having more auto accident claims each year.
The first, second and third Fridays in December are also among the first five days of the weeks for accident claims, with only the third Friday in January having more claims.
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The admiral said this could be due to a combination of high traffic volumes in the last few days leading up to Christmas, as well as an increase in the number of last-minute shoppers who may be stressed out and not fully focusing. .
Lorna Connelly, claims manager at Admiral, said: âLast year’s lockdown restrictions saw less traffic on the roads as Christmas approaches, but this year we expect more traffic volumes. typical with many drivers taking to the roads to visit friends and family, go to the shops and enjoy the holidays.
âDarker days and bad weather mean tough driving conditions.
âAnd because our festive celebrations were limited by last year’s lockdown, many drivers might be planning more trips in December.
âNo matter how long the drive is, whether it’s going to local stores or taking a longer trip to visit loved ones, driving in the winter can always be difficult and you better be prepared. “
How to drive safely this Christmas
Admiral has created the following guide to stay safe and stress free while driving during this festive time.
1) Plan ahead: Pack a bag with everything you will need for yesterday’s trip. Plan your route and check for any roadworks or traffic black spots before setting off.
2) Car maintenance: A well-maintained car is not only more reliable, it is also safer. Basic car maintenance should only take a few minutes before you set off. Add engine coolant, check oil levels and tire pressure.
3) Concentrate: Driving while tired or low on energy is one of the biggest mistakes, so try to get a good night’s sleep. We often pay the least attention to our driving when traveling on regular routes, so try not to become complacent.
Children who are tired or overexcited in the back can also interfere with your concentration, so make sure they are busy.
Motorists traveling this Christmas are advised to ensure that they concentrate while driving
4) Technology to the rescue: Listen to traffic alerts on the radio. Consider using an app like Waze, a live satellite navigation system that uses data from other motorists to create a picture of traffic conditions, including crashes and detours.
In the long run, you may also want to consider switching to a car with modern driving aids like Adaptive Cruise Control, which automatically adjusts your vehicle’s speed to keep pace with the car in front of you.
5) Keep calm and continue: Relax and try to avoid road rage incidents. If another driver is aggressive or confrontational, don’t make eye contact, don’t react and let them continue. If you made a mistake, admit it, apologize and move on.
6) You are not alone: Familiar routes can often be the most dangerous as there is a risk of driving on autopilot. Obey the speed limit and remain very vigilant towards other road users.
Also watch out for pedestrians who are checking their cell phones or having party in a pub and who may not be focusing on traffic.
7) Are you comfortably seated? Sitting in the same position in the car for long periods of time is one of the main causes of neck and back pain. It can be made worse if you feel stressed.
Try to do some easy driving exercises when it is safe to do so, and try to drive in a relaxed position to reduce stress on your spine.
In a traffic jam, try butt tighteners, shoulder shrugs, and seat corsets.
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