Kiwi drivers may be putting themselves and others at risk by not taking out car insurance, according to new research by Finder, a car insurance comparison website in New Zealand.
A nationally representative Finder survey of 1,882 New Zealand drivers aged 18 and above has revealed that almost a quarter of Kiwi drivers (24%) have been hit by an uninsured driver.
ACC statistics show there have been 40,979 active road injury claims from January 2020 to 31 October 2020, totaling NZ$451m ($327m). Car accidents make up over half of those claims.
Despite car insurance not being compulsory in New Zealand, Finder’s research found that 89% of Kiwis are in favour of making it a legal requirement.
Finder’s research found that male drivers are most likely to have had a crash, with 76% admitting that they’ve been in an accident, compared to just 65% of women.
According to New Zealand Police statistics, there were 291,209 traffic events between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, with 40,657 of these considered “emergency” traffic events.