Revealed: Most dangerous day to drive

Friday's have been revealed to be the most dangerous day to drive on UK roads

Have you ever wondered what the most dangerous day to drive on the roads is?

Well, after looking at 1ST CENTRAL’s accident data from 2016 to 2018, which included just under 190,000 accidents, we have the answer…

Friday’s are the most dangerous day to drive

Turns out it’s not just Friday 13th that you should avoid leaving the house on.

Despite initially thinking that Monday; a day filled with groggy post-weekend commuters, would come out worst, it didn’t, instead Friday took the top spot.

Day of the week No. of accidents % of accidents
Monday 27,783 14.79%
Tuesday 27,546 14.67%
Wednesday 27,802 14.80%
Thursday 27,646 14.72%
Friday 30.111 16.03%
Saturday 25,404 13.52%
Sunday 21,434 11.41%

The working week takes its toll

Looking at the numbers it’s apparent that the working week takes its toll on drivers with an average of 6,692 fewer accidents happening each day on the weekend compared to on Fridays.

Surprisingly, despite being the most dangerous day of the week to be on the road, Fridays have seen one of the smallest increases in accidents from 2016 to 2018, at an increase of 16.88%, compared to the average of 19.88%.

Driving at the weekend is statistically when you’re least at risk of getting into an accident, as our data shows that Saturdays (13.4%) and Sundays (11.41%) have far fewer car accidents than during the week.

The worst accidents happen on the weekend

Despite Friday's being the most dangerous day to drive, the accidents you have on the weekends are likely to be worse.Despite the weekends clocking up the smallest amount of accidents, our research shows that accidents that occur on the weekends have a 27% chance of being worse than during the week.

So you might have less chance of being in a car accident, but if you are, the chances are the damage is going to be worse than if your accident happened midweek.


2.2 million accidents happen on UK roads each year

A 1ST CENTRAL spokesperson commented “UK roads are among the safest in the world, but there are still an estimated 2.2 million accidents on them each year.

“Each day we see on average 173 people calling to make a claim. This can be anything from a small collision where only a small amount of damage has happened or sadly, an accident where someone’s life has been altered forever.

“Although our data shows that Fridays are statistically the most dangerous day to drive due to the number of accidents happening, it’s important to remember there’s a certain level of risk each time we get behind the wheel. Even on days when accidents are statistically low.”

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