This years seventh annual Allstate Safe Driving Study reveals that Windsor has moved up in the rankings for safe driving, despite a rise in the number of accidents. This year, the city ranks 38 out of 81 cities, an increase from 49 in 2013.
Through an analysis of its collision claims data, Allstate Canada has identified the safest cities based on collision frequency. The study spans a 24-month period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015 and also compares that period to the previous two-year period from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.
The company determined the collision frequency per one hundred cars for each city based on the percentage of vehicles insured by Allstate Canada that were involved in a collision and for which a claim was reported during each period.
Windsor saw a nine per cent increase in auto accidents and an increase in collision claim frequency from five per cent to 5.43 per cent during the 24-month period. The agency manager of Allstate's Walker Road office attributed the increase to distracted driving and record-breaking snow during the last two winters.
Nationally, claims also rose. Ontario saw an 8.4 per cent increase in collision claims and an increase in collision frequency from 5.19 per cent to 5.57 per cent. In total, Ontario saw a rise in collisions by 7.3 per cent.
The study also revealed that most collisions occur during the holiday season. Specifically, Dec. 23rd was the worst day for auto accidents, followed by Nov. 19th in second and Dec. 21 as the third most dangerous day of the year.
As auto accidents continue to rise throughout Ontario, it is increasingly important that drivers give their undivided attention to the road.