GPs top car insurance claims poll
Published 04/11/2010 | 00:09
GPs make more car insurance claims than any other profession, a new survey has suggested.
Some 33% of GPs registered with the price comparison website confused.com claimed in the past year, according to its own research.
They were closely followed by others in the medical profession, including psychologists (30%), district nurses (30%), hospital doctors (29%) and dentists (27%).
Even 27% of opticians claimed for an incident in the last 12 months, followed by 26% of police officers.
High earners appeared to be most likely to make a claim, with drivers in this bracket making up 65% of the top 20 claimants.
In contrast, manual labourers appeared to be the safest drivers with 85% of the bottom 20 made up of carpet fitters, decorators and plasterers.
Other "safe" drivers from manual labour industries included farm workers (10%), construction workers (10%), painter/decorators (11%) and mechanics (11%).
Car valeters were the least likely to make a claim with just 8% putting in the paperwork last year.
Will Thomas, head of motor insurance at confused.com, said: "The findings really challenge perceptions of motorist profiles. Typically, people would expect a painter, decorator or the White Van Man to be more likely to have an accident than a doctor or accountant but the survey shows quite the opposite.
"It's also rather interesting that five medical professions appear in the top 10. Perhaps the long hours and work-related stress associated with such professions might explain their diminishing attention levels whilst on the road."