A nightmare before Christmas
The risk of having an accident between 5pm and 8pm during the weeks following the Autumn clock change rises by a shocking 12 per cent, according to unique analysis of five years of driving data and claims from over 400,000 policies by Insure The Box, the global pioneer of telematics-based car insurance, and a champion for young driver safety.
Overall, there is a 12 per cent increase in the risk of having an accident in the four weeks following the clock change. With 43 per cent of Accident Alerts recorded by Insure The Box, occurring after 5 o’clock in the evening, the company believes the Government has missed an important opportunity to include night time training for new drivers.
The telematics black box fitted to each policyholder’s car sets off an alert to Insure The Box when a significant impact is detected. This enables the firm to contact the driver as well as alert emergency services where necessary. On average in 2016, Insure the Box contacted the emergency services directly nine times a month in response to an Accident Alert.
The data from the telematics box also enables Insure The Box understand the DNA of accidents, having accumulated over 3bn miles of driving data and associated claims, so that it can engage with drivers to encourage safer driving.
Simon Rewell, Road Safety Manager for Insure The Box said: “The evenings immediately after the clock change will, for many young drivers, be their first experience of night time driving and coping with reduced visibility and headlight glare.
“We know from our own analysis that more accidents occur at night than during the day so it is disappointing that the new driving test coming in on 4th December does not make any reference to driving in darker conditions. This would have been a strong opportunity to significantly improve confidence and road safety amongst young drivers.
“It is also worth bearing in mind that our analysis is of drivers at an average age of 23 with telematics policies, who will be more conscious of their driving behaviour, so the risk faced by young drivers without telematics policies is likely to be much greater.
“For some, the Autumn clock change could create a nightmare before Christmas and we would urge all drivers to take extra care.”