Don’t be scared of Friday 13th – it can make you seriously better off

One person in five dreads the arrival of Friday 13th – but they shouldn’t.

Research from shows that not only does one person in five fear the 13th, one Brit in six thinks Friday the 13th has a bigger risk of bad luck striking than anything else.

"Friday the 13th still holds an odd power among the superstitious thanks to pop culture and enduring superstition from the Middle Ages, though many Brits still choose to make their own luck," said Gregory Tatton-Brown from

The problem is that the facts simply don’t back up this fear – Friday 13th is actually considerably SAFER than average.

When the figures for accidental damage and home insurance were looked into, it was revealed that there are half as many claims on Friday 13th than a typical day and the claims that were made were for less money.

“Friday 13 is renowned for being unlucky, and our figures show Brits are as superstitious as ever,” said Adam Powell from Policy Expert, who conducted the research.

"In fact, the nation is taking so much care on the luckless date that claims actually fall."

How much lower the average claim cost is on Friday the 13th

Lucky 13 – how the number can SAVE you money

As well as lower claims, there’s one other way to save money thanks to people avoiding the number 13, and Friday 13th in particular.

If you’re looking for somewhere to live, and are untroubled by Triskaidekaphobia, then getting a house at number 13 can save you serious money.

That’s after analysis of Zoopla’s website found homes with this number are typically £8,974 cheaper than the average UK property.

"Our research shows that properties at number 13 are around 3% cheaper than the average UK property," said Zoopla spokesman Lawrence Hall.

The date we might actually have to fear

But while Friday 13th seems safer, research from the AA suggests Monday 27th is in fact the unluckiest day in Britain.

A few years ago AA Insurance looked at a million insurance claims and found you’re statistically more likely to have an accident or break something then than on Friday 13th.

Homes are especially dangerous on Monday 27, the AA found, with a third (33%) of claims being for accidental damage and nearly a fifth (18%) for ‘escape of water’.

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