Drivers paying price as winter sees rise in crashes

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More crashes in winter than summer are costing British drivers an extra £150 million according to new research.

Analysis of 28,000 accidents shows that crashes increase by 15 per cent between January and March when compared with June to August.

Figures also suggest that the rush to get home in the evenings and at the end of the week causes accidents to spike. The evening rush hour between 5pm and 6pm sees 30 per cent more crashes than the average hourly figure for the rest of the day.

Friday is the worst day for crashes, with 19 per cent more prangs than the daily average. The last Friday before the early May bank holiday was the worst day for accidents, seeing 75 per cent more than a normal day.

Scott Hamilton-Cooper, operations director at Accident Exchange, which conducted the research, 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."

The research suggests that this year the worst day for crashes will be April 28, which falls before the first May bank holiday. Crashes could increase to 10,500 per day from the usual 6,000.