Most crashes happen close to home

* Two thirds of crashes near home * Drivers in 'comfort zone' * Survey of 3800 drivers...

Most crashes happen close to home

Most car crashes happen close to home, a new study has revealed.

One in three smashes occur within just one mile of the driver's home, according to the survey by insurance firm

The poll of 3800 customers revealed a further third of accidents happened between one to five miles from home.

The results in full

Less than 1mile:
1 to 5 miles:
6 to 10 miles:
11 to 25 miles:
26 to 50 miles:
50+ miles:Percentage of accidents

Drivers 'in the comfort zone'
Brian Martin, managing director of, said: 'Our research suggests that many drivers appear to be in a comfort zone when driving close to home on familiar roads, explaining why such a large proportion of accidents occur there.'

'It's so important to keep a full level of concentration when driving, whether you're just popping to the shops or starting or ending a longer journey.'

The most common 'close to home' accidents involved:

• Hitting parked vehicles
• Crashing while pulling out of a minor road
• Reversing into a vehicle
• Hitting a wall