Until you’re an individual who’s severe about their towing, you’ve most likely not heard of Witter Towbars. In truth, if can be shocking in case you’ve heard of them in any respect, as they’re a towbar becoming firm, primarily based on the Welsh border, close to the town of Chester.
Why are we mentioning them? As a result of they’ve simply performed the Irish automobile purchaser one thing of a small service, by figuring out the areas and cities within the UK the place you’re more than likely to have a crash.
Within the UK, there have been 129,986 recorded highway site visitors accidents final yr, and fortunately of these, a report low 1,827 concerned a fatality. All of them, each single considered one of them, concerned a broken automobile although, and that’s the place our curiosity is available in. We’ll come to the Irish think about a second, however for now, let’s have a plough via the stats uncovered by the nice people at Witter.
Maybe unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of accidents concerned the male of the species. Greater than twice the variety of incidents, 87,407 in whole, concerned a person, with simply 38,757 involving ladies. What was that about ladies drivers, once more? Witter’s researchers commented that “whether or not this enormous disparity within the figures is right down to extra males taking over occupations involving automobiles (taxi drivers, truck drivers, supply drivers and so on.) or that males are genuinely inferior drivers is clearly up for debate….”
By way of accidents grouped by the age of the individuals concerned, the waters have been a bit extra muddy. You’d count on younger drivers to do worse, and older drivers to do higher, however that’s simply not the case. In truth, the variety of incidents involving these aged 21 to 25 (14,486) and people aged 55 to 65 (12,481) are so shut as to be statistically irrelevant. The 26 to 35 and 46 to 55 age teams have been additionally very intently matched. Total although, these beneath 35 years outdated have been nonetheless more likely to be in a crash than these over.
Now, although, we get to the fascinating bit. The place highway accidents occurred. You’d assume that essentially the most can be in London, given the density of inhabitants, and when it comes to outright numbers you’d be proper. However whenever you account for inhabitants ranges, and break down the accidents per head of inhabitants, you get a really totally different determine. In truth, the more than likely location so that you can have a shunt within the UK is in… Brighton, the place one in each 200 individuals has had an accident in 2016. Subsequent up is Nottingham, with one in 336, then Newcastle Upon Tyne, with one in 348, Birmingham with one in 371, Southampton with one in 399, Liverpool with one in 410, and Derby with one in 427. London, taken as an entire area moderately than a metropolis, comes third total with one in 343. “Apparently, the most secure metropolis in our evaluation was Manchester. Drivers within the Northern metropolis expertise 1 incident for each 3527 drivers.” mentioned the Witter analysts.
Witter additionally analysed which automobile manufacturers are most frequently concerned in a crash. They famous that Honda (one in 146), Volvo (one in 156), Suzuki (one in 164), Mercedes-Benz (one in 172), and Mitsubishi (one in 197), have been the manufacturers more than likely to be concerned in a collision.
Why ought to any of this matter to you? Since you, and I imply Irish automobile patrons generally, are importing an increasing number of automobiles from the UK. Greater than ever earlier than, in reality, 38,896 used automobiles have been imported from the UK thus far this yr, a 42 per cent improve on final yr. And, as we’re often duty-bound to remind you, UK automobiles being introduced in have a better probability of getting injury performed to them, and hidden, than locally-bought automobiles. It’s the hazard of purchasing in a bigger market — there may be extra alternative for issues to be hidden. At the least one in ten automobiles being imported from the UK has been written-off, and whereas the bulk are Class C-or-D write-offs, which can have been written off for comparatively mild injury, there may be nonetheless an impact on worth, by no means thoughts security and high quality.
The Witter Towbars survey is only a little bit of enjoyable, in lots of respects, and an opportunity for one area to level and chuckle at one other, nevertheless it, like several set of knowledge, is one other piece of ammunition for the intelligent automobile patrons. Each little bit helps whenever you’re shopping for a used automobile, particularly in case you’re considering of importing one, and so in case you’re considering of shopping for a used Honda, from a purchaser beneath the age of 35, dwelling in Brighton, maybe that needs to be elevating one or two warning indicators for you.
After all, we’d all the time advise you to make use of our providers when testing the background historical past of any automobile you’re shopping for, and we are able to uncover extra than simply whether or not a automobile has been beforehand crashed or not. However each single bit of data helps you, together with highway accidents, to make a extra knowledgeable buy, so in addition to a Motorcheck historical past verify, perhaps get away a UK highway atlas earlier than you commit to purchasing, eh?