By Tom Midlane
Motorists on the road on September 1 are being urged to be extra alert after a study pinpointed it as the most dangerous day of the year to drive.
Last year there were around 40 per cent more accidents than average, with large numbers of drivers choosing that day to return home from their holidays.
The previous two years have seen 30 per cent more accidents on September 1 than an average summer holiday.
This year the deadly date falls on a Saturday, with experts warning there are likely to be even more crashes than usual as a result.
Sarah Vaughan, motor director at AXA insurance which published the study, said: "Every year we see a surge of accidents at this time of year as people head back after the August bank holiday, or return home after their summer holidays.
"Generally speaking we tend to see lots of accidents on our roads over the few days following the Bank Holiday Monday."
She added: "We would urge all motorists to take special care driving home and plan their journey to eliminate the stresses that often cause needless accidents."