Safe driving goes with the job say insurers

7th July 1995 at 01:00
Teachers who feel that their car insurance is too expensive may well be right.

An analysis of accident statistics by Zurich Municipal has shown that they are among the safest drivers in the country.

Off-duty police officers and local government clerical workers are the only public-sector employees with a better road safety record than teachers, according to the insurance company's research.

Within the teaching profession, further education lecturers appear to be the most safety-conscious drivers, followed by schoolteachers and then higher education lecturers.

Joining police officers, council clerks and teachers in the "first division" of drivers are midwives and librarians. Nurses, fire-service personnel and civil servants are slightly more of a risk but they have a superior accident record to surveyors and secretaries.

Doctors also submit more insurance claims than most other occupational groups but ZM's diagnosis of GPs' problem is generous.

"We think it's because they have a stressful job involving anti-social hours," the company's spokesman said.

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