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Keep Off The Roads On September 1st Warns AXA

LONDON, August 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

As holidaymakers head home after the summer, AXA car insurance claims data reveals that September 1st has been the worst day of the summer season for accidents for three years running.

Last year saw the biggest spike in accidents on this day with a massive 40% more claims being made than on the average day in the rest of the summer holiday period.

And the picture is the same for the previous two years with accidents up on the average holiday count by around 30% on 1 September in both 2009 and 2010.  

This year, 1 September falls on a Saturday and AXA is predicting that figures may be even higher as people return home at the end of holidays on the last Saturday of the school summer holidays.

Sarah Vaughan, motor director at AXA insurance says: "Every year we see a surge of accidents at this time of year as people head back after the August bank holiday, or return home after their summer holidays.  Generally speaking we tend to see lots of accidents on our roads over the few days following the bank holiday Monday.

"However, we are particularly concerned this year that the 'bogey' date of 1 September also falls on a Saturday which is traditionally a big 'switchover' day for holidaymakers.

"We would urge all motorists to take special care driving home and plan their journey to eliminate the stresses that often cause needless accidents."

Top ten tips for getting home safely on 1 September:
  • Leave plenty of time for your journey.  If you are rushing you are more likely to drive dangerously and cause an accident
  • Plan your route.  All roads will be busy but if you know where you are going then you are less likely to get lost and stressed
  • Once you know your route use a traffic information provider to check that there are no major problems along the way
  • Factor in a break if you are on a long journey.  Tiredness is a big cause of accidents so leave time to stop off and rest if necessary
  • Make sure you have games/DVDs at the ready to keep the kids occupied - bored children are a big distraction
  • Keep snacks and drinks in the car.  Dehydration and low blood sugar are not good for anyone but behind the wheel they can be dangerous
  • Carry out checks on your car before you leave - top up water, oil, tyres and petrol.  Other road users will not thank you if you suffer an unnecessary breakdown
  • Check your breakdown cover and motor insurance is up to date in case the worst does happen - and have the numbers readily available
  • Set your phone to hands free before you set off
  • If you can be flexible about when you leave, avoid 1 September!

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