Bad weather linked to serious motor injuries

Above average rainfall during certain months of the year has been directly linked to the number of serious motor injuries sustained by UK drivers, according to government statistics.

An analysis conducted by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has modelled the impact of weather on road casualty systems, investigating the casualty totals each month between 1979 and 2012, and matching the results to average UK monthly rainfall and temperature.

The results reveal that any precipitation, including rain and snow, above the average levels increases the chances of serious injuries for motorists during April, June, July, August, September and November.

Car dealers need to take a number of precautions to prevent any weather-related accidents. Throughout the year, car dealerships also need to regularly check their motor trade insurance policy and road risks insurance to ensure that garage drivers are protected while they test customer cars, no matter what the weather.

Speaking to Fleet News, Richard Owen, operations director at Road Safety Analysis, stated that the data demonstrated that above average levels of precipitation exposes drivers to greater risks.

He added: "When people drive, they don’t think about the risk, unless it’s really dramatic like heavy snowfall. If it’s wet on the roads, the average driver does not think about the impact it will have on them. British drivers are used to rain, so it’s become very normalised."