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Car insurance claims spike as rusty drivers return to roads

Car insurance claims for accidental damage have shot up by 39 per cent in England since lockdown was eased, a statistic that backs up previous warnings by safety experts that drivers could have got out of practice due to a lack of time on the road.

The figure comes from the insurance firm Admiral, which compared claims between the weeks of 29 April to 12 May, and 13 May to 26 May. South-central England had the biggest increase over that period, at 48 per cent, followed by London and north-east England, which both saw 42 per cent rises.

Previous Admiral research showed that 44 per cent of motorists have not gone more than a week without driving since their driving test.

If you had your 5Day course before the lock down and you have not taken your test, you must get practice in a family car with a family member whilst Driving Tuition by Instructors is on hold.