Accountants are among UK's 'worst' drivers - study

Bad driver
By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

1 April 2016

A new study reveals Britain's worst drivers by profession, and the results may surprise you.

It's easy to jump to stereotypes when thinking of bad drivers.

But a new study paints a very different picture of who to be wary of on Britain's roads.

Based on the number of insurance claims for road accidents, accountants are the worst drivers in the UK, according to figures released by car insurance specialists 1st Central.

Last year, 16,000 accountants claimed insurance for being involved in an accident. Solicitors came in at a close second , with over 15,000 claims being made. Doctors, who were the ninth worst drivers last year jumped up to third place.

The title of Britain's safest drivers goes to roofers. The data shows that they are four times less likely to be involved in an accident than accountants, making just over 3,850 claims last year.

Top 10 worst drivers by profession Top 10 safest drivers by profession
1. Accountant 1. Roofer
2. Solicitor 2. Farm Worker
3. Doctor 3. Builder
4. Financial advisor 4. Lorry Driver
5. Letting agent 5. Cleaner
6. Airline cabin crew 6. Carpet Cleaner
7. Bank manager 7. Factory Worker
8. IT manager 8. Mechanic
9. Pharmacist 9. Butcher
10. Train driver 10. Painter and decorator

Farm workers and builders take second and third place respectively as some of the most cautious drivers on the road.

Commenting on the findings, Pete Creed, Co-Founder and Chief Underwriting Officer at 1st Central said: “People often have preconceived ideas about how certain professions behave on the roads.

"Our data dispels a number of these myths, but it’s interesting to see that a number of professions we trust with our safety are actually the worst on the road.”


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