A new report has revealed that the number of crashes increases by 20 percent during the holidays.
Allstate has just released a review of its auto insurance claims data, which has revealed that in the state of Texas, there are more car crashes than at any other time of the year.
This statement was based on data from the five years ranging from 2006 through 2010.
What the analysis determined was that the number of auto insurance accident claims rises the most on December 24, increasing by 22 percent when compared to the average for the days over the rest of the year. On December 18, the claims increase by 21 percent, while December 1 and December 11 bring in 18 percent more filings.
Some believe the rise in auto insurance claims have to do with the number of people on the roads shopping and traveling.
According to an agency owner for the insurer, in San Antonio, Carlos Cuellar, “The increase in crashes could be related to more people being on the roads traveling and shopping during the holidays, weather changes and other distractions.” He went on to add that “What’s important for drivers is that we stay focused while at the wheel whether on the highway or in the driveway—during December and every other time of the year.”
The auto insurance report from Allstate has identified the top five collision dates of the year in Texas as the following:
• December 24
• December 18
• April 7
• December 1
• December 11
In light of this information, the auto insurance company is advising drivers in Texas o take extra precautions over the holiday season. They are encouraging motorists to focus on three simple safe driving tips that may make all the difference in reducing their risk over the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year. This includes the elimination of distractions (such as cell phones, changing radio channels, dealing with vehicle continents that aren’t properly secured, etc.), driving according to road conditions (such as slowing down and leaving extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead when it is very sunny, windy, rainy, icy or snowy), and to never drink and drive.