Priests and car dealers among Britain’s most dangerous drivers

Priests and car dealers among Britain’s most dangerous drivers
Priests and car dealers among Britain’s most dangerous drivers

Car dealers, priests and tyre fitters are among the most dangerous drivers in the UK, according to new insurance data.

The three occupations are among the top five for dangerous driving convictions according to an analysis of nearly eight million insurance inquiries.

All three, however, lag far behind those who describe their profession as a “loader” – people responsible for loading and unloading goods, often in warehouses.

The figures from MoneySupermarket show that loaders have a dangerous driving offence rate of 7.21 per 1,000 drivers, far ahead of the 4.06 per 1,000 for car dealers and 4.05 for tyre technicians.

Priests come a perhaps surprising fourth, with a rate of 2.76 declared convictions per 1,000, ahead of medical advisors (2.75).

Causing death or injury

Dangerous driving offences can carry an unlimited fine and a prison sentence (Photo: Shutterstock)

There are five categories of dangerous driving offences, including causing serious injury by dangerous driving, causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle.

Any offence with the DD penalty code for dangerous driving carries between three and 11 penalty points, an unlimited fine, potential driving ban and, in the most extreme circumstances, up to 14 years in prison.

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Among the safest drivers are lawyers, headteachers, professional footballers, demolition workers and veterinary surgeons – all of which declared no convictions for dangerous driving.

Men more dangerous than women

The MoneySuperMarket data found a significant difference in offence rates between men and women, with men six times more likely to have a dangerous driving convictions (0.27 per 1,000 compared with 0.04).

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It also showed that younger drivers were most likely to have a conviction for dangerous driving, with the number of offences dropping as motorists get older. Generation Z (20-24-years old) was the worst age group, with 0.47 dangerous driving offences per 1,000 drivers, followed by millennials (25-29-years old) with 0.39. The least dangerous drivers are those aged over 65 (0.02). Only those aged 17-19 bucked the pattern, with 0.05 convictions per 1,000.

Refresher courses

Emma Garland, data scientist at MoneySuperMarket, commented: “Our research goes to show that you can never make any assumptions about drivers and their behaviour.

“If you feel that your driving is putting yourself or others at risk, you should consider some refresher lessons to improve your driving skills and knowledge of the Highway Code.

“If you’ve got points on your licence as a result of previous dangerous driving offences or a lesser offence, you might find that you’re faced with higher than normal car insurance premiums.”

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