Several factors make December the busiest month for vehicle accidents, data from Allstate Canada shows – Insurance News Net | CarTailz

TORONTO, 11/01/2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The last two months of 2022 could be particularly troublesome for Canadian vehicle owners involved in a collision. Many automotive companies and repair shops continue to experience supply chain issues that can cause delays in sourcing new vehicles and replacement parts. Continue data out Allstate Insurance Company of Canada (“Allstate”) shows that December followed by November have also traditionally been the months with the highest incidence of collisions leading to an insurance claim. Allstate is warning Canadians to drive more defensively this holiday season.

“With the end of daylight saving time, the sun setting earlier on the horizon and reduced visibility when driving west, an increase in holiday shopping and gatherings, as well as falling temperatures and the first snowfall of the season, motorists are struggling quite a bit with a mix of challenges in November and December,” he said Gene Myles, Agency Manager at Allstate. “So far in 2022, the industry has seen supply chain challenges that have resulted in many vehicle repairs taking longer to complete and the average number of days customers required a rental vehicle to increase by 25% compared to the same period last year is. Drivers should be aware that if there is an accident, especially at this time of year, they may lose access to their vehicle for an extended period of time.”

While Allstate data shows an increase in the number of auto claims over the last two months of the year, Fridays are also the day of the week with the highest number of incidents resulting in customers filing a claim. In addition, damage data shows that more than half of all vehicle damage incidents occur between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. The most common reasons for claiming accidental damage are rear-end collisions, impacts with a parked car, and collisions with a single vehicle.

Tips for drivers

Myles shares some advice that could help riders this season.

  • Check your policy. If your auto insurance includes coverage for a rental while your vehicle is being repaired, discuss with your insurance professional whether that is sufficient. With persistent delays in accessing parts for repairs, or even new vehicle shipments from manufacturers, additional rental car insurance could bring some relief while you wait.
    • Between January-Sep 2022The average number of days that Allstate customers used a rental car after a claim increased nearly 25% to just over 20 days compared to the same period in 2021.
  • Check your roadside assistance. If you’re out of roadside assistance coverage, some insurers offer this service and it can help if you’re stuck at the side of the road.
  • Familiarize yourself with your car’s security systems. Many modern vehicles are equipped with ever-advancing driver assistance and safety technologies, and Allstate urges drivers to become familiar with these features and learn how to use them properly. The company’s claims data show that the more driver assistance technologies that are installed in a vehicle, the lower the collision frequency.
  • Use winter tires. If you don’t have them, do your research and invest in a set of tires specifically designed for winter driving. If you already have a set, install it as soon as possible.
  • Ride defensively. Plan your route in advance and get an early start.
  • Avoid distractions. Concentrate on the task of driving. Stop when you want to check your phone, change your navigation system settings, or browse your infotainment system menu.

For more safe driving advice, see the infographic or the GOOD HANDS® blog at https://blog.allstate.ca/quiz-test-car-collision-canada

Around Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is a leading home and auto insurer focused on providing customers with prevention and protection products and services for every stage of life. Allstate has been serving Canadians since 1953 and strives to reassure both customers and employees with its You’re in Good Hands® promise. Allstate strives to make a positive difference in the communities in which it operates through partnerships with charities, employee donations, and volunteerism. To learn more, visit www.allstate.ca. For safety tips and advice, go to www.goodhandsadvice.ca

Footnote: Allstate Insurance Company of Canada The above information on motor vehicle claims is based on the internal analysis of data from January 1, 2017 to August 23, 2022.

For more information, please contact:
Jessica Hoffeldt
Agnostic on behalf of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
647-269-7438
[email protected]

Travon SmithPublic Relations Specialist
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
437-229-1577
[email protected]

An infographic accompanying this press release is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f2c1672d-630d-474f-a379-8574784eb445


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