Press release

North East motorists among the safest in UK

Monday 15 August 2005

  • Motorists make almost 20% fewer claims than national average
  • 35% less likely to claim for broken windscreen

Research from Saga Motor Insurance today reveals the regional differences between motor insurance claims in the UK.* It has indicated that drivers in the North East are among the safest in the country as they make 19% less claims than the UK average, making it the safest region in the country alongside Wales.

There are 35% less claims for windscreen damage in the North East, suggesting that there are fewer loose stones on the roads either because there is less resurfacing of road or the roads are generally in a better condition than most other areas.

People in the North East would also appear to be better drivers as 14% fewer people make claims for accidents than the national average, the second lowest accident rate in the country behind Wales.

For more information on Saga Motor Insurance call 0800 484 184.

-ENDS-

Notes to editors:

*All figures based on claims data from Saga Insurance Company Ltd. Figures correct as at 05-02-05

About Saga Motor Insurance

Saga offers personal belongings cover for 1,000

Replacement hire car during repairs following an accident anywhere in the UK for a maximum of 14 days

Cover when driving in the European Union, at no extra cost and for an unlimited period

Protected No Claim Discount available, provided there has not been more than one claim in the last two years

Emergency 'any driver' cover - anyone with a full licence can drive customer's car in a medical emergency provided they are also in the vehicle.

Get you home cover - up to 50 per person for driver and up to five passengers for travelling or accommodation costs incurred after an accident.

Variable excess levels - choose to pay more towards the cost of each claim and premiums can be reduced

Saga motor insurance won the award for best motor insurance at the Guardian/Observer Consumer Finance Awards 2004

Saga's claim service received acclaim in the latest wave of Which Magazine research, which proclaimed that "Saga's claim service was head and shoulders above any other company in terms of satisfaction with claiming"

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