GPs Take The Title For Britain’s Most Accident-Prone Drivers

A study by GoCompare Car Insurance (UK) has found GPs are the most likely to make a claim due to an accident that was their fault, as more than one in every eight GPs has made at least one ‘at-fault’ claim in the past year – more than double the national average across all occupations. Interestingly, 11.6 per cent of these claims involved no injuries, with GPs not actually making the top 20 for claims involving persons injured.

The research shows that overall, health and medical professionals are the most likely to cause a collision on the road. Along with GPs, hospital doctors, surgeons, optometrists and speech therapists feature in the top 10 drivers by occupation, who are most likely to be in a no injuries collision that was their fault.

At the other end of the scale, those least likely to make at-fault claims were barmen/barmaids, pickers, packers, carpet cleaners, despatch drivers and car dealers at just three per cent.

“It may seem ironic that those working in the medical profession are those potentially causing the most accidents, but these are all roles which carry a significant degree of stress and usually long hours, potentially leading to a lack of concentration on the road,” said Matt Oliver, spokesperson for GoCompare Car Insurance.

“Further to this, another reason we could be seeing these occupations in the top 10 is because of where these health professionals are driving. Typically, they will be driving for short periods at peak times in highly built-up areas, increasing the risk of an accident.

Chris Weeks Appointed Director Of UK’s National Body Repairers Association

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) announced the appointment of Chris Weeks as Director of the National Body Repairers Association (NBRA) and the Vehicle Builders Repairers Association (VBRA). Weeks succeeds Jason Moseley, who announced his resignation in August.

Peter Johnson, RMI Chairman said, “We are delighted to have someone with Chris Weeks industry experience and background joining the RMI to head the two body repairers’ associations.”

Chris Weeks was most recently Director of Networks and Supply Chain at Innovation Group. Prior to this he was Director of UK Assistance Accident Repair Centres at Direct Line Group. Weeks has also worked in various roles for Churchill and RBS Insurance, with his last position as Head of Engineering and Head of Business Services.