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Holiday accidents 'set to rise'

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The need for adequate car insurance for holidaymakers has been highlighted after researchers found that the number of road accidents is expected to rise by more than a third as people drive back home following their summer break.

A survey of 3,000 people by motor insurance firm AXA and market research company OnePoll in July revealed that drivers are 36% more likely to have a crash on Friday alone than during the rest of the season.

The motor insurer said the days following the bank holiday are the worst days to travel over the whole summer period.

As the summer holidays come to an end, motorists are 31% more likely to have an accident between Tuesday and Friday than other days of the summer break.

Craig Staniland, from AXA, said: "The majority of accidents are down to driver error and often conditions when driving home from a holiday make it all the more stressful for the driver.

"A bit of planning can mitigate some of those pressures and make it a safer journey for everyone."

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