New car owners are almost twice as likely to crash as the average motorist because they are still getting used to the controls, according to data from an accident claims company.
Cars bought and registered between September 2012 and March 2013 accounted for 2.9% of vehicles on the road but were involved in 5% of collisions recorded during the same period by Accident Exchange.
The figures suggest that 110,000 drivers each year are involved in crashes within six months of buying their new vehicle.
“The results suggest that drivers may be unfamiliar with their cars during the first months of ownership as they get used to the responses from the brakes, throttle and steering,” said an Accident Exchange spokesman. “Drivers may also change the way that they drive because they are cautious about damaging their new pride and joy, which could lead to an increased accident rate.”
Published on June 20, 2013Tweet