Nearly 40% of accidents happen in a new vehicle

Accidents on the road really impact everyone’s lives and if your drivers are involved it hits your business harder. Nearly two in five (39%)* motorists’ unfortunate enough to be hit by another vehicle have owned their vehicle for less than a year.

Data from AX, a leading provider of vehicle protection technologies, shows that 11% of driver hit have had the vehicle for less than 90 days. Motorists are also 50% more likely to suffer an incident in their second month of ownership than in the 12th.

UK map of accidents

In order to clarify, AX analysed over 68,000 non-fault accidents from car park prangs to roundabout bumps to identify the trend. In summary, by comparing car ownership and the population of UK towns and cities with the number of non-fault accidents. It found that West Midlands town, Walsall, is statistically the unluckiest place in the country for such incidents. Closely followed by Preston and Stockport.

Britain’s second city, Birmingham was in 12th place and Manchester in 10th. Although London features by far the highest number of accidents within the first 90 days of ownership, it is not in the top 20 unluckiest towns and cities because of its proportionately high vehicle population.

Accidents happen in a new car

‘No rhyme nor reason’ for accidents

However big or small, damage to your vehicle when it’s not your fault is upsetting. It’s painful, frustrating and much, much more,” explains Scott Hamilton-Cooper, Director of Sales & Operations.

“There’s no rhyme nor reason for so many newer owners to be on the wrong end of a bump. You can’t even suggest it’s down to familiarity of the vehicle as they’re the innocent party. It is purely just a question of bad luck.”

Help with accidents

At Fuel Card Services, we can help you manage and protect vehicles and drivers. We can provide accident assistance services including recovery, repair and replacement vehicles with our vehicle insurance claims management service, part of My Fleet Solutions.

My Fleet Solutions is a benefit you can access by visiting the one-stop solution portal for all your vehicles. Offering an indispensable line-up of integrated services, developed to make each fleet management simpler, safer, and far most cost-effective to manage and use.

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