Car insurance: Motorists 'must adapt to deteriorating conditions'

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Motorists could be risking a car insurance claim by failing to adjust their driving style in line with deteriorating road conditions, it has been suggested.

According to Accident Exchange, if previous years are anything to go by, there is likely to be a 15 per cent rise in the number of traffic collisions in the UK in October compared to the monthly average between April and September.

The company explained this predicted increase in crashes saying a significant proportion of motorists generally fail to take into account the fact that roads can be treacherous in autumn due to fallen leaves and heavy rainfall.

Spokesman Gordon Grant stated: "October delivers some of the worst driving conditions of the year as the weather changes and the clocks go back, but drivers continue as if they were in the summer months."

Road users were reminded that stopping distances can double when surfaces are slippery.

Meanwhile, a previous study by Accident Exchange found motorists with the star sign Gemini may be the most likely to make a car insurance claim - as they account for some nine per cent of all collisions.

Posted by Noel Martin

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