The road standard varies a lot. The car fleet can do the same. But did you think there is a big difference in how often we dent, based on where in the country we live?
That’s it actually. Southerners, for example, dents twice as often as northerners.
Two out of three of those who live in Agder, Telemark and Vestfold, say that they have dented their car. In northern Norway, only three out of ten say the same thing. It shows a survey Norstat has conducted for Frende Forsikring.
Costs a lot of money
In 2019, collisions with passenger cars in Norway cost as much as NOK 8.1 billion.
– One-off accidents are at the top and cost more than two billion for Norwegian insurance companies. We also see that rear-end collisions, collisions with parked cars and back injuries are high on the list and cost a lot of money, says Roger Ytre Hauge who is specialist manager of engines in Frende Forsikring
The insurance players in Norway received more than 400,000 claims on passenger cars in the country last year. The figures are taken from Finans Norge.
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– Put away your mobile
The head of Frende believes that many of these accidents could have been avoided with simple measures. Here are his top tips:
Calm down and breathe with your stomach.
Take care before you act in traffic, do not drive on the routine.
Do not get angry or stressed if you are late or you encounter an unforeseen queue.
When driving, just drive.
– Put away your mobile! The last point can not be emphasized enough by Ytre Hauge.
Cause of fatalities
– Accidents are often caused by inattention, and all too often because the driver fiddles with his mobile phone or radio. It must be put away! If you have to do something, drive right to the side and stop completely, he says, in a press release.
UP manager Steven Hasseldal also believes that a lot is up to the drivers here:
– Bulk injuries we see most often when people are stressed. Try to stress down and do things away well in advance. Distraction related to a mobile phone or other equipment is believed to have been a contributing cause of 12 fatal accidents in 2018. Unfortunately, many people use the phone while driving, says the UP manager.
So many have dented in different parts of the country
- Agder, Telemark and Vestfold (Sørlandet): 64 percent
- Vestland and Rogaland (Vestlandet): 56 percent
- Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal (Central Norway): 53 percent
- Oslo: 45 percent
- Inland and the bay (Eastern Norway): 45 percent
- Nordland, Troms and Finnmark (Northern Norway): 30 percent
Source: Frende Forsikring
Stress and bulking
In the survey, Norstat also asked Norwegians if they were stressed or angry behind the wheel to see if there was any connection between stress and bulking.
– The result shows that southerners admittedly dig more behind the wheel than northerners, but it is more stressful both in Western Norway, in Central Norway, in Oslo and in Eastern Norway in general than in the far south. So there are other factors in addition that make it explode more often in the south, says Ytre Hauge.
The article was first published by broom.no.