Men 'make more claims than women'

Men make nearly 20% more claims on their car insurance than women, according to new figures released by Auto Trader magazine.

Looking at claims by date of birth, Auto Trader found women were less likely to make a claim, while young drivers may be crash-prone but it is motorists aged 36-40 who make the most accident claims.

Drivers born in 1981 made the most claims, with other "unlucky" years revealed as 1967, 1974, 1975 and 1978. Overall those aged 36-40 made the most claims followed by those aged 31-35.

Compiled from 4,600 claims, figures showed that drivers born under the star sign Aquarius were most likely to have an accident, followed by Pisceans - whereas Scorpios and Sagittarians were least likely to make a claim.

Some 15% of all claims are for Ford vehicles with the Vauxhall Corsa model accounting for 5% of claims, and Friday is the most accident-prone day of the week, with Sunday the safest.

Tom White, head of financial services at Auto Trader, said: "It is always stressful when you are involved in an accident. However, if you have a helpful insurance company that can sort out your claim, it can make all the difference."

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