MOTORISTS are being warned about a potential secret danger related to buying a new car which could put them at risk and see them have a car crash or accident.
New cars are becoming safer and safer.
Carmakers are getting better at making cars, technology is advancing rapidly and standards are stricter than they once were.
As a result, newer cars are more likely to improve safety for drivers and passengers in a car.
However, this overlooks one key detail which could be putting motorists at significant risk of having a crash or accident.
Admiral Car Insurance found that drivers in new cars are 21 per cent more likely to have an accident than those driving an older car.
Motorists with a new car have over a quarter (27 per cent) higher claim frequency than those who have owned their car for longer than 12 months.
The reason for this is merely unfamiliarity. Drivers may not have the same understanding our confidence with the car’s brakes, clutch, hand/parking brake, accelerator or even the car’s size.
For example, if you switch from a small car to an SUV you may be unaware of how wide the car is and therefore could be more likely to ding, scratch or bump it.
Female motorists are more likely to have an accident in a new car, while men are more likely to have a bump in an older car, claimed the research.
Commenting on the findings, Lorna Connelly, Head of Claims at Admiral said: “Whether you have a brand-new car or even one that’s new to you, adjusting to the different size and dimensions of the vehicle can take some time.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just passed your driving test or have been driving for some time, the likelihood of having an accident increases when you change your car so it’s important drivers buying a new car this week take care to avoid bumping their new wheels.
We found that many claims for accidents in new cars were the result of not being aware of obstacles around the car, such as bollards, walls and posts.
“Nobody wants to scrape a lovely new car, so drivers should spend some extra time getting familiar with it, it’s dimensions and size, and the way it drives.
“It could end up preventing any needless bumps.
“Thankfully more and more new cars are fitted with technology which can help reduce parking accidents such as rear view cameras, so hopefully we’ll start seeing these types of accidents reducing in the future.”
10 types of accidents MORE common by drivers in new cars than old cars
- Collision in a car park
- Insured hit a bollard whilst parking
- Insured hit a post
- Insured hit wall
- Insured hit animal
- Insured hit a lamppost
- Another driver hit insured in the rear
- Another driver hit the insured’s parked and unattended car
- Insured hit by a falling object