SA drivers ending the work week with a bang

02 December 2016

SGIC is urging drivers to stay alert at the wheel as they head into the weekend, with new research revealing motorists are more likely to have a collision towards the end of the week.

SGIC Head of Research, Robert McDonald, said the research is a timely reminder of the importance of paying attention behind the wheel and obeying the road rules.

“As we head into the weekend, drivers may be rushing home from work, hurrying to collect their kids from school or heading away for the weekend and not taking the usual care while driving,” said Mr McDonald.

“Our advice to drivers would be to be patient, allow extra time to travel during peak hours and to adapt to the driving conditions to help ensure a safer journey.”

SGIC found that Sunday is the least common day for driving accidents, with collisions dropping 4 per cent below the weekly average as the week winds down.

In the event of an unexpected collision, SGIC recommends drivers:

  • Stop if safe to do so and give assistance to anyone who is injured;
  • Call an ambulance if required;
  • Call the police if a person has been killed or injured, the other party fails to stop and/or supply details, or the driver appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Exchange details with the other driver including date, time and location;
  • If safe to do so, take photographs of the damage to the vehicles;
  • Collect the details of any witnesses; and
  • Contact your insurer.

*Based on SGIC Comprehensive Car Insurance claims data from 2013 – 2015