Top Five Dangerous Driving Professions Revealed

A study of eight million insurance enquiries has identified the worst professions for dangerous driving.

Price comparison site MoneySuperMarket examined the data to see which profession had the highest dangerous driving convictions and there were some surprising results.

Car dealers, and tyre fitters were amongst the top five but priests also made the top five.

The worst profession are those who described themselves as “loaders”, those who are responsible for loading and unloading goods, often in warehouses.

MoneySupermarket reported that loaders have a dangerous driving offence rate of 7.21 per 1,000 drivers, far ahead of the 4.06 per 1,000 for car dealers and 4.05 for tyre technicians.

Priests come a perhaps surprising fourth, with a rate of 2.76 declared convictions per 1,000, ahead of medical advisors (2.75).

There are five categories of dangerous driving offences, including causing serious injury by dangerous driving, causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter or culpable homicide while driving a vehicle.

Any offence with the DD penalty code for dangerous driving carries between three and 11 penalty points, an unlimited fine, potential driving ban and, in the most extreme circumstances, up to 14 years in prison.

Emma Garland, data scientist at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Our research goes to show that you can never make any assumptions about drivers and their behaviour.

“If you feel that your driving is putting yourself or others at risk, you should consider some refresher lessons to improve your driving skills and knowledge of the Highway Code.

“If you’ve got points on your licence as a result of previous dangerous driving offences or a lesser offence, you might find that you’re faced with higher than normal car insurance premiums.”

Among the safest drivers are lawyers, headteachers, professional footballers, demolition workers and veterinary surgeons – all of which declared no convictions for dangerous driving.

In the battle of the genders, men are six times more likely to have a dangerous driving conviction than women (0.27 per 1,000 compared with 0.04).

In terms of the age range younger drivers were most likely to have a conviction for dangerous driving, with the number of offences dropping as motorists get older. Generation Z (20-24-years old) was the worst age group, with 0.47 dangerous driving offences per 1,000 drivers, followed by millennials (25-29-years old) with 0.39. The least dangerous drivers are those aged over 65 (0.02). Only those aged 17-19 bucked the pattern, with 0.05 convictions per 1,000.