THE UK's most dangerous regions for drivers have been revealed as thousands of Brits crash ever year – but do you live in a hotspot?
Despite having some of the safest roads in Europe, around 70 Brits are seriously injured on our roads every day.
Although road safety has improved dramatically, and accidents have fallen 92% in the past six years, in order to stay alert to avoid potential accidents this winter, here are the hotspots to be aware of.
Motolegends have combined variables such as frequency, weather conditions, age groups and timings to create the accident database.
Kent has the highest number of accidents by local authority, with over 49,216 reported accidents since 2009 involving 92,310 vehicles.
It's reported that the highest age bracket involved in these accidents is 21 – 30, with 7,163 accidents occurring in this age group.
There are currently estimated to be 1,855,000 people living within the Kent County Council area, which means there's an estimated one accident to occur in every 38 residents.
With its population of just over 2,000, the Isle of Scilly has the lowest accident record with only 18 accidents recorded over the past 12 years but Scotland takes the crown for the safest of regions.
Five of the top 10 regions with the lowest accident records are in Scotland – these include the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Western Isles, Clackmannanshire, and East Renfrewshire.
And with 3,705 crashes with an estimated population of 9721, the City of London is the most dangerous region to drive in – one accident to every 3 people in the region.
Doncaster follows with one accident in every 12 people and Westminster had one accident for every 14 people.
With a population of 290,998, Hartlepool has only recorded 1,511 accidents over the past 12 years – this means there’s only one accident for every 193 people living there.
This is followed by Isles of Scilly with one accident to every 120 people and Newport (Wales) with one accident to every 108 residents.
There are 26.5 million working people aged 16 – 74 in England and Wales. Of these, 16.7 million people either drive themselves to work (15.3 million) or catch a lift (1.4 million).
As a result, it makes sense that accidents would occur during this time – 12% of all accidents are part of a journey to and from work.
The highest number of accidents occur on a Friday (267,768) during the afternoon and evening – suggesting our rush to get home for the weekend may directly impact the increase of accidents on the roads at this time.
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