Home for Christmas?
On average, around 11,500 crashes will occur on UK roads during the month of December, making it one of the most dangerous times for drivers on the roads.
The majority of this will happen on Thursday and Friday evenings between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., as the Brits head home for Christmas.
New research revealed by Motorcycling Outfitters, Motolegends, has found Kent to be the most dangerous region for drivers in December with the highest number of crashes in the UK.
Despite some of the safest roads in Europe, around 70 people are seriously injured on UK roads every day. Although road safety has improved dramatically, we need to identify where these accident hot spots are. This allows us to stay alert to any potential incident we might be involved in.
In December, over 133,821 crashes were recorded on UK roads, making it one of the most dangerous seasons for drivers!
Kent has the highest number of accidents in the UK
Data showed Kent topped the list with more than 49,216 crashes since 2009 involving 92,310 vehicles. It is reported that the highest age range among these accidents is 21-30 with 7,163 accidents.
In December alone, there were 4,157 accidents making the county the most dangerous region for driving!
Top 10 highest number of accidents by county
|Number of accidents (2009 – 2020)|
London has the most accidents combined by local authorities
With 23,391 accidents recorded since 2009, London is the most dangerous region for driving during the holiday season. Next come the South-East with 21,296 reported accidents and the North-West with 14,044.
Highest number of accidents in December by region
|REGION||Number of accidents (2009 – 2020)|
|North West||14 044|
|West Midlands||11 379|
How can we stay safe while driving on the roads?
Christopher, Paul of Motorlegends, Guildford says: “Driving can be dangerous, and as a company that sells motorcycle clothing, protecting bikers is never far from our thinking. We tend however to ‘passive safety’, a philosophy that aims to make sure the rider feels comfortable and relaxed in all weather conditions.
Warm when it’s cold. Cool when it’s hot. And dry when it’s wet. It is only when a rider is able to focus all of his attention on the road that he can do what is necessary to stay out of harm’s way.