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Winter collisions double in December forcing Brits to buy new cars

Winter road driving conditions out of windscreen

Dangerous winter driving conditions doubled the amount of collisions in December, forcing Brits to purchase a new car.

In May 2017, 5.4% of Brits had to replace their car due to an accident, but this figure increased to 9.5% in December 2017, according to date provided by Regit.

Regit chief executive Terry Hogan raised concerns as wintery road conditions continue into January. He said: “Driving during colder months can be particularly perilous with icy roads, fewer daylight hours and poor weather conditions, so it’s not surprising to see more of us are replacing our cars because of accidents.

"It is a stark reminder to be extra vigilant and safe on the roads."

Regit's data also revealed that 9% of cars are on the road without a valid MOT.

Top 10 cars most likely to have an expired MOT: 

  1. Vauxhall Astra, 11 years old
  2. Ford Focus, 10 years old
  3. Ford Focus, 11 years old
  4. Vauxhall Astra, 9 years old
  5. Ford Focus, 9 years old
  6. Ford Focus, 13 years old
  7. Ford Focus, 12 years old
  8. Vauxhall Corsa, 7 years old
  9. Vauxhall Corsa, 10 years old
  10. Vauxhall Astra, 7 years old

Hogan said: “This puts drivers and other road users in serious dangers, especially on wintery roads.”

Regit hopes this new information will serve as a reminder to Britain’s motorists that driving without an MOT is both illegal and dangerous, with culprits facing up to £1,000 fines if caught. 

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