Move over manic Monday, terrible Tuesdays the most common day for car accidents.
Tuesdays are the most dangerous day to drive cars, according to new data.
Analysis by LeasePlan UK found that 18% of accidents involving company cars occur on the second day of the working week, costing companies upwards of £2.8million in the last year.
With three million company cars on the roads, an estimated one in three will be involved in an accident each year.
According to the new data collected over the last 12 months, Fords are most likely to be involved in accidents, followed by BMWs and Volkswagens.
These incidents are also costing businesses £16.1m on average annually, with vehicles spending 10 days off the road for repairs.
Chris Black, Commercial Director at LeasePlan UK, said: “It’s hugely important to stay as safe as possible on the roads this winter. By taking the necessary precautions before you set out on your journey from checking your route to giving your car a quick once over; topping up fluids and air in tyres – you can greatly reduce your risk of an accident.
“In 2016, road accidents cost the UK economy £4.6bn due to lost economic output. While all of us hope to never be involved in a traffic incident, it’s important for drivers to be aware of what to do and how to act.”
Here are some top tips to help you know what to do in the event of an accident:
Make sure you stop
If you have accidently caused damage or personal injury to another vehicle, an animal or a property – even if it wasn’t your fault – you must stop in a safe place.
Check for injuries and danger
If anyone involved is injured or in immediate danger, call the emergency services as soon as possible. Be sure not to put yourself at any undue risk in order to help.
If an accident has occurred, it is best to get yourself out of the way as quickly and safely as possible. Blocking traffic or standing in the middle of the road is dangerous and can cause another accident.
Share your details
If anyone else has been involved with this incident, it is within your right to ask for the owner of the vehicle’s name and contact details – along with the name of their insurer. If they refuse to share these details, then the incident must be reported to the police.
No matter how upset you are, remain civil. If no one is hurt, that really trumps everything else; property damage or financial loss can be repaired or made up later. Don’t say or do something you may later regret.
One last piece of advice; take a couple of photos of the scene (once safe to do so), as when you’re talking it through with your insurer it’ll help piece the events together, or as evidence if needed.