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As the dark nights close in and the weather in the UK makes for poor visibility and slippery road surfaces, we look into whether your gender, career, location or choice of car makes a difference to whether you are classed as a good or bad driver.

In an article published in November 2015 by BT, the best and worst drivers by car brand are identified as: 

Best drivers’ car brands:

  1. Smart
  2. Fiat
  3. Subaru
  4. Peugeot
  5. Renault

Worst drivers’ car brands:

  1. Lexus
  2. Land Rover
  3. Kia
  4. Volvo
  5. Audi

This is backed up in an article by The Times Motoring, which says that Lexus and Land Rover owners make up almost 50% of claims where they were at fault in an accident, than more economical car brands such as Vauxhall and Peugeot.  According to the article, more than one in ten Lexus and Land Rover owners have made at least one claim where they were at fault in a car accident.

Drink and drug driving by geographical location

In November 2015, the This Is Money website listed the top 10 places in the UK for having the highest rates of drink and drug driving convictions, over the last year.  Four out of the top five postcodes pointed to Wales as being particularly bad locations for drink and drug driving:

  1. Crewe
  2. Llandrindod Wells
  3. Cardiff
  4. Newport
  5. Swansea
  6. Aberdeen
  7. Blackpool
  8. Darlington
  9. Telford
  10. Plymouth 

Men v Women – who should be better car drivers?

Statistics from the DVLA from April to June 2015 indicate that men surpassed women in practical car test pass rates, with a 43.3 per cent pass rate for women, compared to a 50.5 per cent pass rate for men.

However, The Telegraph states that females outscore males in a recent month-long study by Privilege insurance.

The study, comprised of both in car tests and anonymous observations at a busy junction in London, showed that nearly half of men approached hazards too fast, compared to a quarter of women.  The survey also indicated that more men than women cut into traffic dangerously, cut corners when turning, used the phone whilst driving and caused obstructions on the road.

However, the survey also showed that just 28 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men thought that women were the better drivers.

Does your occupation make a difference?

Doctors were named as the UK’s worst drivers in an article by Autoexpress.co.uk.  Using data from insurance comparison website Go Compare, the results showed that the highest proportions of claims by occupation were as follows:

  1. General Practitioner
  2. Hospital Consultant
  3. Drug Addiction Counsellor
  4. Health Visitor
  5. Probation Officer
  6. Environmental Health Officer
  7. Community Nurse
  8. Speech Therapist
  9. Dental Surgeon
  10. Clinical Psychologist

Our research

Over the next 4 months, regardless of age, gender or type of car, we anticipate that there will be an upturn in car accidents because of the Winter weather.   For information about why road traffic accidents increase over Winter and for tips on how to stay safe, see our article about The Most Common Accidents in Leicester During the Festive Period.

If you have been injured a car accident that wasn’t your fault

Bray & Bray’s experienced road traffic accident lawyers are specialists in dealing with claims arising out of road traffic accidents involving:

  • Drivers
  • Passengers
  • Cyclists
  • Motorcyclists
  • Pedestrians
  • Horse Riders

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, or a member of your family has been left with serious injuries following a crash, it’s highly likely that we’ll be able to make a compensation claim for you.  We can also help you if you are hit by an uninsured driver, if the driver fails to stop at the scene of the accident or if you are involved in a road traffic accident abroad.

Bray & Bray have three main offices across Leicestershire, feel free to phone or pop in to talk to our solicitors.