The most and least crashed cars revealed – does you motor make the list?

BRITAIN'S most crashed cars have been revealed, with Vauxhall models three of the four most likely to be in an accident.

Zafiras have been involved in the most crashes, with 511 per 10,000 cars, new data shows.

Vauxhall Astras had the second highest number of accidents with 363 per 10,000 cars, a Freedom of Information request from Rivervale Leasing found.

The English manufacturer's Corsa model was fourth on the list provided by the Department of Transport with 314 accidents per 10,000 cars.

Third most accident-prone were the Renault Clio with 335, according to UK accident data from 2015 to 2019.

The BMW 3 Series, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf were all in the top-ten of car models most likely to be in a crash.

Britain's bestselling cars, the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, had the most crashes in total according to the DfT report, with more than 33,000 each.

But Rivervale Leasing calculated the number of accidents per 10,000 models on the road.

The safest car manufacturer on UK roads were Audis, with just under 200 accidents per 10,000 models.

Nissans (202), BMW (224), Volkswagen (251) and Mercedes-Benz (259) were all in the top-five safest cars.

The research found that the more of each car there is on the road, the more chance there is of an accident.

Luxury cars such as Tesla (28), Ferrari (39), Aston Martin (40) and Lotus (55) all had lower number of accidents per 10,000 models.

The lower figures are though to be due to the smaller number of these expensive cars on the road. 

Bud Johnson, Marketing Manager at Rivervale Leasing, said: "Ultimately, safety is a top priority for any driver, so you should take steps to avoid an accident in the first place – stick to the speed limit, never tailgate and always keep your eyes on the road."

What should I do if I’m in an accident?

Rivervale Leasing has advised drivers what they should do if they are in a car accident

  1. Stop your vehicle as soon as it’s safe to do so. 
  2. Turn your engine off and put your hazards light on. 
  3. If anyone is seriously hurt, call an ambulance. 
  4. Call the police on 101 or 999 depending if it’s an emergency. 
  5. Take time-stamped photographs of your vehicle and others involved. 
  6. Get the details of anyone involved in the accident, including witnesses. 
  7. Take note of the other car’s make, model and licence plate. 
  8. Exchange your insurance information with the other driver involved. 
  9. Contact your insurance company and pass on all the information.

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