Winter car prangs, bumps and scrapes peak in the 10 minutes between 17:00 and 17:10, according to new research from AX.
Almost one in six prangs during the evening peak occur in the 10-minute period starting at 5pm, making it the most error-prone time for drivers. Taking to the road just 10 minutes later could halve the risk of being involved in an accident.
The winter period of November to March sees accident rates spike by 7.45% compared with the summer months.
The analysis of over 57,000 vehicle accidents shows that the evening commute between 16:00 and 18:00 accounts for nearly a fifth of incidents on any given day.
With 34% of accidents involving one car hitting the rear of another, AX is warning motorists ahead of the traditionally wet March to leave a sensible gap to the car in front.
And yet, despite increasingly commonplace technology like reversing sensors and cameras, nearly one in 12 winter crashes involves a driver reversing into a stationary car.
Top five types of winter road crashes:
Hit in rear 34.25%
Hit whilst parked 31.51%
Third party pulled in front of car 12.88%
Third party reversed into stationary car 7.79%
Lane Change 6.70%
The second-most popular time for road accidents was the school-run period between 14:00 and 16:00. Within the two-hour period, the majority of crashes took place in the 10 minutes between 15:00 and 15:10 - around the time most parents are rushing to pick their children up from school.
Hamilton-Cooper added: “It is little surprise to see the majority of accidents take place during the afternoon and evening hours when many of us are busy trying to get home or rushing to pick up our kids.”