The cars least likely to be involved in an accident

Since the simple four-wheeled, single-engine days of the Ford Model T, the number of features and variables for modern cars has gone through the sunroof.

Whether it’s braking power, torque, miles per gallon or, more recently, electric range, there is no shortage of ranking factors today.

But many of them distract from the most important goal of a car – to get us safely from point A to point B.

Car leasing specialists Rival leasing sent a freedom of information request to the Ministry of Transport (DfT) to find out which vehicles have been involved in the most and least accidents over the past five years.

The inquiry asked about the number of vehicles involved in accidents by make, model and accident severity between 2015 and 2019.

The more examples of each car there are on the road, the higher the chance of an accident. It is therefore no surprise that the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa – currently the UK’s bestsellers – had the most accidents, each with more than 33,000, according to the DfT report.

The engine specialist also calculated the number of accidents per 10,000 models on the road. With this measure, it was the Vauxhall Zafira that had the most incidents, with over 500 accidents per 10,000 models.

This is likely unrelated to the Zafira itself, however, as the car has been rated five-star by Euro NCAP for safety, with standard features like seat belt reminders and an airbag shut-off switch for kids.

The Astra has the second most common accident with 363 accidents per 10,000 registered cars. However, this is another model with a Euro NCAP five-star safety rating, including features such as front driver and passenger airbags, pre-seat belt tensioners and side airbags throughout the vehicle.

The cars that had the most accidents:

model

Total accidents

Models in the UK

Accidents per 10,000 models

1. Vauxhall Zafira

12,076

236.269

511

2. Vauxhall Astra

30,734

847.079

363

3. Renault Clio

13,971

416,823

335

4. Vauxhall Corsa

33.264

1,059,717

314

5. BMW 3 Series

17,215

578.674

297

6. Ford Focus

32,730

1,198,667

273

7. Volkswagen Golf

25,089

1,046,668

240

8. Ford Fiesta

35,602

1,530,969

233

9. Volkswagen Polo

15,692

678,366

231

10. Toyota Yaris

11,135

489.878

227

Cars with the lowest number of accidents per 10,000 models:

  • Morris – 16th
  • Austin – Dec.
  • Tesla – Jan.
  • Ferrari – 39
  • Aston Martin – 40
  • Lotus – 55
  • Bentley – 75
  • Infiniti – 105
  • Maserati – 106
  • Abarth – 114

Bud Johnson, Marketing Manager at Rivervale Leasing, said: “Ultimately, safety is a top priority for every driver, so you should take steps to avoid an accident. Stick to the speed limit, never hold the tailgate and always hold it the eyes. ” the street.

“If you are unfortunately in an accident, stop your vehicle as soon as possible and call an ambulance if someone is seriously injured.

“You will likely be in shock after an accident. So be sure to take time-stamped photos of your vehicle and other involved cars to remind you of the details.”

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