Only Rains 6.2% Of the Time In The UK, Far Less Than the 100% Most Think, Study Unveils

A weather study by UK insurer Norwich Union has found that Britain's reputation for rainy weather is unfounded and accidents occur more often on rainy days. Research by the UK's largest insurer grouped motor claims and accident information according to

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A weather study by UK insurer Norwich Union has found that Britain’s reputation for rainy weather is unfounded and accidents occur more often on rainy days.

Research by the UK’s largest insurer grouped motor claims and accident information according to weather conditions for 2004 and 2005. Contrary to popular belief, the research showed that, on average, it only rains 6.2% of the time across the UK at any one time – although it is cloudy an additional 66% of the time, which is probably not much of a surprise to anyone.

“With the Met Office predicting the coldest winter in a decade, motorists should remember that a little preparation before setting out on a journey can avoid a breakdown or accident,” warns Julian Beards worth, director of underwriting, Norwich Union.

The recent short-lived cold snap over the holidays is untypical of recent British winter weather: it is below freezing only 2-3% of the time – just 11 days a year. However, accidents increase more than 50% when there has been a severe frost.

Beards worth suggests keeping a clean windscreen on frosty days. “A clean windscreen – inside and out – is essential to clear vision. We’ve even heard of accidents where the driver has literally had his or her head out the window because they couldn’t see through their own windscreen properly!”

Accidents on the wettest days increase by 40% – a clear indication that even in the rain, motorists are not taking proper precautions.

“Accidents in wet conditions cost an average of 27% more than accidents on dry days – this is down to the greater impact speed resulting from slick road conditions. That cost is not just damage to the car, but also personal injury – so drivers need to beware that especially in the wet, speed kills,” Beards worth says.

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