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Car insurance claims for accidental damage have shot up by 39 per cent in England since lockdown was eased, a statistic that backs up previous warnings by safety experts that drivers could have got out of practice due to a lack of time on the road. The figure comes from the insurance firm Admiral, which compared claims between the weeks of 29 April to 12 May, and 13 May to 26 May. South-central England had the biggest increase over that period, at 48 per cent, followed by London and north-east England, which both saw 42 per cent rises. Compare car insurance: best comparison sites 2020 Previous Admiral research showed that 44 per cent of motorists have not gone more than a week without driving since their driving test. AreaIncrease in accidental damage claims as lockdown eased South-central England 48 per cent London 42 per cent North-east England 42 per cent Eastern England 39 per cent South-east England 39 per cent South-west England 38 per cent Midlands 36 per cent North-west Engl..