06 Nov Are you guesstimating your mileage?
Are you guesstimating your mileage when you renew your car insurance?
Over a quarter of UK, drivers could be overpaying or invalidating their insurance cover.
According to research carried out by USwitch:
- 27% of motorists guess how far they drive every year
- Only 22% actually checked their MOT certificates
- Drivers overestimate journey distances by 15%
When you’re going through the arduous annual slog of car insurance renewal, do you have a wild stab in the dark at your annual mileage or is every rotation of your milometer monitored with acute precision?
More than a quarter of the respondents surveyed said that they had simply guessed the figure which could lead to real issues as:
- they could end up paying too much for insurance, or
- if they exceed their stated mileage it could invalidate their insurance
According to the RAC, the UK average mileage is around 8000, and UK drivers overestimate driving distances by 15%.
The research suggests that many driver’s perceptions of distances were highly inaccurate, as detailed in the table below.
Average estimated distance (miles)
Manchester – Sheffield
Manchester – Liverpool
Cardiff – Bristol
Manchester – Leeds
Manchester – Nottingham
Manchester – Birmingham
London – Leeds
London – Manchester
London – Liverpool
London – Birmingham
The most accurate way of calculating your annual mileage is to use your previous years’ MOT certificate as a reliable reference point.
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