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Don't take your car out today.

Drivers might want to keep their car keys at home today as January 18 is seen as the worst day for accidents.

There have been more crashes on this date than any other in the last five years, according to research from insurance company Admiral.

Also, with the date falling this year on a Friday, which is traditionally the worst day of the week for accidents, drivers have a double reason to find other forms of transport today to avoid "a calamitous crashing combination", Admiral said.

The company said the second-worst day for accidents was December 20, followed by October 27 and March 22.

Thursday is the second-worst day of the week for crashes, with Sunday being the "safest" day.

Unsurprisingly given its rarity, February 29 has the best safety record followed by Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and January 2.

Admiral managing director Sue Longhorn said: "It's not surprising to see that the worst day of the week for accidents is a Friday as people are tired after a long week at work and can easily get caught up thinking about their weekend plans instead of the road ahead."

She went on: "In terms of January 18 being dangerous, it's difficult to say for certain why this is.

"It could simply be that people have rather a lot on their mind as they haven't been paid for a while, the bills are coming in, it's dark, the weather's often foul and the fun of the festive period is a long and distant memory."
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