Co-op urges motorists to take care in severe weather, after “snow bomb” Sunday heralded a 50% increase in collision claims

Icy roads and what was dubbed as a “snow bomb” by tabloids led to a 50% increase in Co-op collision claims on Sunday. Co-op has urged motorists to take extra care travelling this week.

Its data shows that the severe weather on Sunday led to collisions and accidents were up by over two fifths (42%) on the previous Sunday.

Co-op head of motor insurance, Nick Ansley commented: “On Sunday we saw a 50% increase in the number of claims reported due to road incidents in comparison to last Sunday.  As this cold and icy weather is set to continue, we’re urging drivers to take extra care by allowing additional time for journeys and checking car lights and tyres before setting off.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for areas of the UK. It has advised that there will be icy patches on some roads and cycle paths.

It has been a difficult couple of weeks for drivers. Just last week, Ansley warned that 5 December was historically the most dangerous day to drive on UK roads.