Kent topped UK list of most dangerous regions for drivers in December

Kent tops list of most dangerous regions for drivers during the holiday season

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.

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Kent tops list of most dangerous regions for drivers during the holiday season

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)
Kent 4,157
Surrey 3,523
Hampshire 2,870
Lancashire 2,839
Essex 2 823
Birmingham 2,615
Hertfordshire 2392
Lincolnshire 2 147
West Sussex 1,888
Norfolk 1,827

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)
London 23,391
South East 21,296
North West 14 044
East 13,076
Yorkshire 12.103
West Midlands 11 379
South West 10,447
East Midlands 10,220
Scotland 8,041
Wales 4,991

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.


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