Reveals the Careers Driving Crashes

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

CARDIFF, Wales, November 25, 2010 - research has revealed that, despite the fact they should be
the most savvy of all professions when it comes to accidents and injuries,
GPs are actually the most hazardous drivers in the UK.

The new study found that GPs top the table as the occupation with the
highest number of car insurance ( claims, with 33%
of those registered with the price comparison site claiming in the past year.

Furthermore, those in a medical profession appeared most frequently in
the top ten (50%). Closely following GPs were: psychologists (30%), district
nurses (30%), hospital doctors (29%) and dentists (27%).

Even having 20-20 eyesight doesn't seem to mean drivers are exempt from a
crash - opticians proved a sight for sore eyes with 27% claiming for an
incident in the last 12 months. Law-abiding policemen joined them in the top
20 with 26% making a claim.

When it comes to salary, high earners such as solicitors and accountants
are most likely to make a claim, contributing to 65% of the top 20. In
contrast, manual labourers appear to be the safest drivers with 85% of the
bottom 20 made up of carpet fitters, decorators and plasterers. Other 'safe'
drivers from the manual labour industries include farm workers (10%),
construction workers (10%), painter/decorators (11%) and mechanics (11%). Car
valeters came out as the least likely to make a claim with only 8% putting in
the paperwork last year.

Will Thomas, head of Motor Insurance at, said: "The findings
really challenge perceptions of motorist profiles. Typically, people would
expect a painter, decorator or the 'White Van Man' to be more likely to have
an accident than a doctor or accountant but the survey shows quite the
opposite. It's also rather interesting that five medical professions appear
in the top ten. Perhaps the long hours and work related stress associated
with such professions might explain their diminishing attention levels whilst
on the road. What's ultimately important is that drivers choose the right
insurance policy for their lifestyle so that they're adequately covered
should an accident happen."

Notes to Editors:

Research Methodology

Data is based on 2000 respondents from quotes between 18th
October 2009
and 18th October 2010. To avoid bias only customers over 25 and
with vehicle values of less than GBP15,000 are considered.

About is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison
services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month.
It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of
years to include home insurance (,
travel insurance (, pet insurance,
van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as
financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life
insurance. is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides
a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge
technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that
evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their
decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of
insurance products, financial services, utilities and more.'s
service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers
and industry regulators. is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the
London Stock Exchange in September 2004. is regulated by the

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