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Nurses ‘safer drivers’ than doctors, say insurers


Doctors make more insurance claims for car accidents than nurses, according to data analysis. This includes nursing staff that spend much of their time driving to and from patients, such as community nurses and health visitors.  

In fact, GPs and consultants came top of a list of over 600 occupations as the most likely to make a claim on their car insurance. analysed 6,041,042 car insurance quotes made by customers on its website between January and November of 2013.

It looked at the number of drivers with car insurance claims in the past five years and ranked them to find out which occupations had the highest proportion of drivers with claims in 2013. 

The top 10 was dominated by health and social care professionals, holding eight of the top 10 spots and making up 75% of the top 20. described health professionals as the “most accident prone drivers of 2013”.

As well as doctors, the top 10 also featured clinical psychologists, drugs counsellors, community nurses, dental surgeons and hospital managers.


Top 10 professions which have drivers with at least one claim:

Rank Occupation % Customers with 1 or more claims
1 General practitioner  28.6%
2 Hospital consultant  26.2%
3 Clinical psychologist   25%
4 Drug addiction counsellor  24.9%
5 Probation officer     24.2%
6 Dental surgeon  23.9%
7 Health visitor      23.8%
8 Community nurse  23.6%
9 Hospital manager   23.4%
10 Town planner     23.3%


Almost a third of GPs (29%) had made at least one car insurance claim in the past five years. The proportion of GPs with a claim was not only the highest of any occupation in the UK, but more than double the national average for all professions (13.12%).

Professor Andrew Smith, from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, said: “Healthcare is typically considered a highly stressful occupation, which could explain why GPs and other health professionals seem to make more insurance claims than others.

“Stress can dramatically affect a person’s health and cognitive functions,” he added. “Typically, the types of accidents that are attributed to stress tend to be relatively minor bumps, caused by lapses in concentration whilst driving.”

Further analysis of the data for Nursing Times revealed the nursing jobs that had a higher proportion of drivers with one or more claims than the national average of 13.12%.


Rank Occupation % Customers with 1 or more claims
7 Health visitor 23.80%
9 Community Nurse 23.58%
13 District Nurse 23.05%
48 Nursing Manager 20.81%
57 Nursing Sister 20.58%
129 Staff Nurse 18.30%
233 Nurse 16.39%
305 Dental Nurse 14.76%
312 Nursery Nurse 14.64%
348 Student Nurse- living at home 13.96%
355 Auxiliary Nurse 13.85%
362 Nursing Assistant 13.63%


The profession with the least claims in the last five years were car dealers, with only 3%. Other occupations with a lower proportion of claimers than the national average included bar staff, van drivers, painters, plasterers, tattoo artists and professional footballers.



Readers' comments (2)

  • obviously not driven with my wife then!!!!

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  • surely it needs to also compare the number of males to females as well?

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