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Christmas rush gets expensive. Insurance companies are asking all motorists to take extra care just before Christmas, not just because of the icy roads. Stressed and inattentive drivers mean the accident-risk is now 50 percent higher compared with the rest of the year, according to statistics.   “There was one minor bump per minute between 6 a.m. and midnight on 22 December in 2009. This doesn’t include other accidents, such as coming off the road,” Jon Berge, head of information for If, tells VG.

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Christmas rush gets expensive

Published on Wednesday, 22nd December, 2010 at 12:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Insurance companies are asking all motorists to take extra care just before Christmas, not just because of the icy roads.

School parking lot accident
School parking lot accident
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Stressed and inattentive drivers mean the accident-risk is now 50 percent higher compared with the rest of the year, according to statistics.  

“There was one minor bump per minute between 6 a.m. and midnight on 22 December in 2009. This doesn’t include other accidents, such as coming off the road,” Jon Berge, head of information for If, tells VG.

Rear-end collisions, hitting parked cars, and reversing accidents cost the insurance companies 55 million kroner last year. According to Mr Berge, repairing a car door can easily cost 7,000 kroner, and drivers risk losing part of their no-claims bonus.

“I believe the 23 December will be worst. It’s best to be careful if you see a lone, starry-eyed father out in his car,” he says.



Published on Wednesday, 22nd December, 2010 at 12:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: icy, roads, motorists, cars, drivers, christmas, rush, stress, accidents, unfocused, if, insurance, .





  
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