BMW drivers named most dangerous on UK roads: Phone Driving

17 December 2018, 10:04

BMW drivers named most dangerous on UK roads

New research from GoCompare Car Insurance reveals BMW drivers are the most likely to speed, run a red light or make an at fault claim.

A study by GoCompare Car Insurance has found that BMW drivers are the most likely to be convicted of an offence and cause a collision on the road.

More than one in six BMW 4 series drivers (17.1%) have at least one conviction – more than double the average across all models (8.5%), while one in five (21.3%) BMW 4 series drivers have also made an at-fault claim.

The research shows that overall, those driving luxury car brands are the most likely to cause a collision or be convicted of an offence on the road.

Along with BMW drivers, Audi A5 (15.5%), Mercedes Benz C220 (14.8%), Mercedes Benz E220 (14.8%), Jaguar XF (14.3%), Mercedes Benz CLA (14.3%) and Mercedes Benz GLC (14.0%) all feature in the top-ten car models whose drivers are most likely to be convicted of an offence on the road.

Rank

Make and model

With convictions

1

BMW 420D

17.1%

2

AUDI A5

15.5%

3

MERCEDES-BENZ C220

14.8%

4

MERCEDES-BENZ E220

14.8%

5

JAGUAR XF

14.3%

6

MERCEDES-BENZ CLA

14.3%

7

MERCEDES-BENZ GLC

14.0%

8

AUDI Q7

13.8%

9

LANDROVER RANGE

13.8%

10

MERCEDES-BENZ CLS

13.5%

Rank

Make and model

With convictions

154

FIAT PANDA

4.9%

155

HONDA JAZZ

4.8%

156

SKODA CITIGO

4.7%

157

FORD KA

4.6%

158

SUZUKI ALTO

4.6%

159

HYUNDAI GETZ

4.5%

160

KIA PICANTO

4.4%

161

NISSAN MICRA

4.4%

162

HYUNDAI I10

4.3%

163

VAUXHALL AGILA

4.1%

While BMW drivers were most likely to have a motoring conviction or to have made an at-fault claim, Mercedes drivers also appeared heavily in both top ten lists, with E220, GLC and C220 models all ranking.

Rank

Make and model

With claims

1

BMW 420D

21.3%

2

MERCEDES-BENZ E220

19.3%

3

MERCEDES-BENZ GLC

19.3%

4

AUDI A5

19.1%

5

AUDI Q5

18.7%

6

MERCEDES-BENZ C220

18.6%

7

MERCEDES-BENZ GLA

18.3%

8

JAGUAR XF

18.2%

9

AUDI A1

18.2%

10

SKODA SUPERB

18.1%

Rank

Make and model

With claims

154

VAUXHALL AGILA

10.3%

155

NISSAN MICRA

10.3%

156

CITROEN XSARA

10.1%

157

FORD KA

10.0%

158

PEUGEOT 307

9.9%

159

FIAT PUNTO

9.6%

160

NISSAN ALMERA

9.2%

161

CITROEN C2

9.0%

162

HYUNDAI GETZ

9.0%

163

PEUGEOT 206

8.5%

Other drivers most likely to make an at fault claim included nearly one in five (19.3%) Mercedes E220 and GLC owners, as well as Audi A5 (19.1%), Audi Q5 (18.7%), Jaguar XF (18.2%) and Audi A1 (18.2%) drivers.

At the other end of the scale, drivers least likely to have been convicted of an offence include Vauxhall Agila (4.1%), Hyundai i10 (4.3%) and Nissan Micra drivers (4.4%), while those least likely to make an at-fault claim include Peugeot 206 (8.5%), Hyundai Getz (9.0%), and Citroen C2 drivers (9.0%) owners.

Matt Oliver, spokesperson for GoCompare Car Insurance, commented on the findings: “While it may be no surprise that higher-powered, luxury cars are the marques of choice for some of the more dangerous drivers on the road, it’s not true of all owners of these makes.

“What is more worrying is the large number of these cars on the road right now.  According to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), BMW, Mercedes and Audi all feature among the top ten most popular cars of 2018**.

“Typically, many of the cars listed in our top ten lists will be driven by those commuting or driving for longer periods on the motorway, at peak times in highly built-up areas, increasing the risk of an accident or motoring conviction.

“Claiming on insurance when you’re at-fault is likely to result in the cost of your car insurance rocketing, more so than other claims, as you will be deemed a higher-risk driver.”

 

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Notes to editors:

*According to GoCompare data from 01/10/2017 - 30/09/2018, looking at the proportion of quotes where the main driver on policy has claims or convictions.

**According to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), car registration report, year to date 2018. Market share: Audi 6.18%, BMW 7.22%, Mercedes 7.24%.

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