… that’s the surprising message from Admiral Insurance.
And it’s because drivers of new cars are nearly three times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who are familiar with their car.
Admiral’s Head of Motor, Clare Egan, explained: “If you’re picking up a car when the new plates come out, make sure to spend some extra time familiarising yourself with your new purchase.
“Things such as its size, as well as the way it drives, could save you from getting into an accident.
“Our research found that people who have a car they are unfamiliar with are 27% more likely to make a claim than those who’ve owned their car for longer than a year.
“We found many claims for accidents in new cars resulted from the driver not being aware of obstacles around the car, such as bollards, walls and posts.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just passed your driving test or have been driving for some time.
“The likelihood of having an accident increases when you change your car, so set some time aside to prevent any unnecessary bumps and scrapes.
“More and more new cars are fitted with technology which can help reduce parking accidents such as rear view cameras, but it’s important not to over-rely on technology and still use common sense.”
Admiral found that drivers aged 45-54 and 55-64 are both more likely to have accidents in new cars than older ones.
Those aged 45-54 are responsible for 18% of accidents in new cars, compared to 16% in older cars.
Older drivers aged 55-64 are responsible for 9% of accidents in new cars compared to 7% of accidents in older cars.
Ten types of commonest accidents in new cars are:
1 Collision in a car park.
2 Hit a bollard while parking.
3 Hit a post.
4 Hit wall.
5 Hit animal.
6 Hit a lamp post.
7 Hit by another driver in the rear.
8 Another driver hit parked and unattended car.
9 Hit by a falling object.
10 Hit other.
Ten types of accidents less likely in new cars than familiar ones:
1 Hit another driver in the rear.
2 Hit a crash barrier.
3 Hit a parked and unattended car.
4 Hit a stationary car.
5 Ran up an embankment.
6 Reversed into another car.
7 A narrow lane collision.
8 Accident on a roundabout.
9 Pulled out from a minor road.
10 Turned across the path of another car.