Keeping roadways safe this winter is as necessary as keeping homes safe. In fact, they’re related.
Just last week, the annual Allstate Insurance Company of Canada released its Safe Driving Study. According to the report, it’s the days leading up to the holidays—December 21, 22, and 23—that had the highest number of collision claims, while December 25 and January 1 had the lowest.
The study examined the frequency of claims in Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. December 21 had the most (3,150), with December 23 (3,108) a close second.
Explaining the numbers
“With more drivers out on the roads rushing to parties, socializing, their minds racing with gift ideas and checklists of things to do over the holidays, they may not be paying as much attention to the road as they should be,” said Ryan Michel, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Allstate Canada, in a press release issued by the company. “We all have a lot on the go during the holiday season but with winter weather becoming increasing unpredictable, it’s important to recognize that road conditions may be more challenging, so we should all drive with caution, focus on the road ahead, and be patient.”
Be a safer driver
TripleA and the Canadian Automobile Association offer a winter weather driving brochure filled with facts about winter weather driving, preparation tips, and advice for when you’re on the road in less than perfect conditions.
Basic tips include:
- Avoid driving in bad weather conditions at all if possible.
- Be alert, well rested, and sober behind the wheel, and always wear your seatbelt.
- See and be seen: remove all snow and ice from your vehicle.
- Stay on main roads and drive carefully.
- Wear warm clothing.
- Take a fully charged cell phone with you.
- Pack a winter survival kit (including warning light or flares, emergency food pack, booster cables, fuel line antifreeze, and more; see brochure)
- Always have a first aid kit, ice scraper, road maps, flashlight, and blanket.
Leave the worrying at home
In the midst of holiday preparations and travel, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and forgetful. Oftentimes, the biggest thing distracting a driver is what he or she forgot to do before leaving the house.
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Forget to turn off a light? Lock a door? Arm your security system? ADT Pulse lets you do this electronically, on any web-enabled device, no matter how far from your home you may be. Once you arrive at your destination, simply log in to the ADT Pulse app.
You can read more about ADT Pulse here. Alternatively, the ADT Home Alarms team is happy to hear from you. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help you create a safer environment for your family and the community around you.