Toronto, Ontario -- November 30, 2016 -- Collisions were up in a number of Canadian provinces, according to the latest study released by Allstate. The latest Allstate Insurance Company of Canada Safe Driving Study shows a rise in the national collision frequency rate from 5.60 percent to 5.70 percent since the previous period. This represents a 1.7 percent increase in claims across the country.
Now in its eighth year, the Safe Driving Study examines collision data of Allstate Canada customers in Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. A separate study, focusing on the province of Quebec, saw an overall decrease in collisions of 4.7 percent since the previous period.
“Last year’s Safe Driving Study identified a trend towards rising collisions, and the latest study demonstrates that this has not changed,” says Dave MacInnis, Vice President, Product Operations at Allstate Insurance Company of Canada.
Two provinces experienced particularly significant increases. For the second consecutive study, Nova Scotia was the province with the highest collision frequency rate, ballooning from 5.42 percent to 6.39 percent, representing an increase of 17.8 percent since the previous period. Ontario followed suit, jumping from 5.59 percent to 5.79 percent. New Brunswick was found to be the province with the lowest collision frequency rate at 5.13 percent.
The study spans a 24-month period beginning July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2016. It also offers a comparison to the data from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014. Collision frequency refers to a percentage of vehicles insured by Allstate Canada involved in a collision that resulted in a claim. Only communities with at least 1,500 cars insured by Allstate Canada during the 24-month period were included in the study. For these studies, a total of 86 communities were included across Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Quebec study looked at results from 21 communities in that province.
Of the 86 communities included in the 2016 study, Spruce Grove, Alberta ranked as the safest, with a collision frequency rate of 3.60 percent, while the community with the highest regularity of collisions was Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 7.77 per cent.
Check out the infographic below for more results from the latest Allstate Insurance Company of Canada Safe Driving Study.