Black Friday – the most dangerous day on Britain’s roads?

09.13 | 29 November 2019 |

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While attention turns to securing a pre-Christmas bargain on Black Friday, ‘eye-opening’ analysis of DfT stats suggests road safety should be at the forefront of people’s minds today.

A breakdown of DfT casualty figures for the last five years, carried out by Crown Oil, has revealed the month, week and day with the highest number of collisions – and 1 December tops the list with 2,246 between 2014 and 2018.

However, with 1 December falling on a Sunday this year – traditionally a quieter day on the roads – the fuel distribution company is suggesting today (29 November) could be the most dangerous day of the year for road users.

And their analysis of the DfT figures – reported by iNews – further supports this theory. 

It shows between 2014-18, more collisions happen on Friday than any other day (110,179) – while November is the most dangerous month (61,491).

With today being Black Friday – when many shoppers will be heading out to bag a bargain – Crown Oil is encouraging road users to exercise caution.

Panayiotis Markides, Crown Oil, said: “The DfT data is eye-opening, as it highlights trends in road accidents, for example how we are currently in the most dangerous time of year for drivers – and it looks like it will get worse before it gets better. 

“The holiday period seems to offer respite on the roads despite the harsher conditions, likely due to fewer cars on the road.

“At this time of year, we encourage our own drivers to exercise caution when making deliveries around the country, and we want to encourage the public to do the same, by keeping a safe distance behind the car ahead of you, keeping to the speed limit, indicating and giving priority.”



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