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21 Jul, 2012

Dance Teachers, Nurses Head Professions of Worst Drivers in U.K.


(PRWEB UK) 20 July 2012 — Tiger.co.uk, one of the UK’s car insurance comparison sites, has today revealed the results of its study into the correlation between driving convictions, annual mileage and occupations. The study, based upon an analysis of over 270,000 recent car insurance quotes, looks at the relationship between over 300 different occupation types, the average annual mileage within each occupation and the number of motorists with driving convictions.

The results reveal a number of surprises, with dancing teachers and choreographers leading the way when it comes to the fewest miles driven per motoring conviction, with convictions being earned every 23,500 miles driven. This makes dancing teachers the least law-abiding occupation group and compares with the average of all drivers, who, according to the study, pick up driving convictions for every 53,553 miles driven. Also in the least law-abiding top 10 occupations most likely to have points on driving licences are enrolled nurses, haulage contractors, midwives, surveyors and funeral directors!

At the other end of the scale, Britain’s most law abiding drivers are dental technicians, legal clerks, students and cloakroom attendants. People in these occupations drive for over 120,000 miles before picking up motoring convictions. The study notes, however, that the result for students is biased by this group having held licences for a shorter period of time than other occupation types.

A full list of the 313 occupations analysed is shown on the Tiger.co.uk site http://insurance-news.tiger.co.uk/dancers-or-dentists-most-law-abiding-drivers/, with occupations ranked in order of the likelihood of drivers within that job category having points on their licences. Drivers can use a special look-up tool to see how their own occupation fared in the study.

Commenting on the results of the study, Andrew Goulborn, the car insurance comparison site’s Commercial Director, said: “We think there’s lots of really interesting results here. In terms of methodology we started this exercise by taking data from almost 300,000 car insurance quotes that had been run through Tiger.co.uk and looked at the relationship between occupations and the incidence of driving convictions in the last 5 years.

However, what this didn’t do was to take account of the fact that some occupations require people to spend more time on the road. So we added a third dimension to the analysis, average annual mileage, and then produced a set of data based on a “miles per conviction” score for each occupation. The lower this score, the greater the chance that members of that occupation had picked up one or more convictions in the last 5 years.

Finally, we excluded any occupations where we had less than 50 drivers in our data, so as to minimise the possibility of artificially skewing results.

The study has revealed a number of surprises. No one here would have guessed that dancing teachers, midwives and funeral directors would be vying for the title of Britain’s least law-abiding motorists. And at the other end of the scale, the UK’s kennel workers, launderers and dental technicians appear to stay well within the law (most of the time).

So if you want to find out how police officers, lawyers, TV presenters or even clowns, magicians and acrobats fared, take a look at the results here – http://insurance-news.tiger.co.uk/dancers-or-dentists-most-law-abiding-drivers/.