Are We the Worst Drivers in Canada?

Drivers face many challenges while navigating the roadway, such as weather, mechanical issues, distractions, and the negligence of others. According to an Allstate Canada Safe Driving Study (2015), it may be surprising — and a bit scary — to learn that the worst drivers in Canada are from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The study looked at collision reports in different communities across Canada from 2013-2015 and discovered Halifax was tied with the Toronto suburb of Ajax for last place. Moreover, the Eastern Atlantic province had a collision claims frequency of 7.12% (per 100 cars), the highest rate in the study.

Though this information may be alarming, it is important to remember that this is just one study done by a single insurance provider. In addition, there are factors that make driving in Atlantic Canada particularly difficult — such as weather conditions — when compared to other provinces. The study provided additional information that is useful for drivers to keep in mind before they get behind the wheel.

What Types of Accidents Occur Most Often?

The two most frequent types of accidents that occur are cars being rear-ended and turning at intersections. The study showed that these types of accidents make up just under half of all collision claims. These accidents usually take place when drivers are distracted or when they fail to consider any changes in road conditions.

What is the Safest Day of the Week to Drive?

The study looked at collision claim frequency by the day of the week. Sunday was determined to be the safest day to drive, with the least amount of collision claims being made on that day. Friday was deemed the most dangerous day of the week to drive, with the most amount of collision claims.

What is the Worst Month for Collisions?

December is a very bad month for collisions for a variety of reasons, such as the worsening weather and the overcrowded mall parking lots from the holiday season. However, the study found that January is the worst month for collision claims. In contrast, June is the safest month to drive with the least amount of collision claims.

At MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law, we help injury victims across Atlantic Canada pursue justice and fair compensation for their injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact us today at 1-888-434-0398 for a free consultation.

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