Winter blues for drivers

insurethebox urges young motorists to stay safe as the risk of accident increases by 12% during winter months

Telematics-based car insurance insurethebox has revealed that it alerts the emergency services to a customer involved in a serious crash on average 10 times a month through its Accident Alert service.

And this figure increases to 14 from November to January months. Plus, analysis of insurethebox’s three billion miles of data reveals that during winter, drivers face an added 12% increase in accident risk.

Simon Rewell, road safety manager at insurethebox, said, ‘As the holidays approach, many students will find themselves making the long journey home in less than ideal driving conditions with the darker, shorter days bringing reduced visibility and the risk of snow and ice. Clear and sunny winter days can also result in strong glare, and for many, driving in these conditions will be a first. We encourage drivers to be mindful of speed limits, reduce their speed as appropriate for the conditions, and take 20 minute rest breaks at least every 2.5 hours.’