Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown Ranked Among Least Safe Places to Drive In
You always knew that driving in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills could be somewhat perilous but did you know they’ve all placed on a new list ranking the least safe cities to drive in Canada-wide?
According to Allstate’s 2017 Safe Driving Study, Milton is in the top (perhaps bottom is a better descriptor) 20 when it comes to the frequency of collision claims.
That said, it comes in right at number 11, boasting a collision claim rate of 7.26 per cent—up five per cent from 2015.
Milton comes in at 83 on a list of 93 cities ranked from safest to least safe.
Nearby cities that are less safe to drive in than Milton?
Brampton and Toronto.
The least safe city on Allstate’s list?
Halifax is at the very bottom of the ranking, with Ajax, North York, Scarborough and Caledon rounding out the least safe areas.
Check your policies, Halton Hills residents, because Georgetown is among the communities with the greatest spike in collision claims frequency — 29 per cent to be exact.
That’s behind Thorold, Ont. (54 per cent) and Essex, Ont. (53 per cent).
Ottawa’s Kanata (32 per cent) and Caledon (28 per cent) complete the sub-category.
Burlington and Oakville also made the cut.
Burlington ranked 40th on the list (44th in 2015), while Oakville was 53rd (55th in 2015).
The safest cities to drive in? Hanmer, Ont., Sprucee Grove, Alta., Chelmsford, Ont., Lethbridge, Alta. and Medicine Hat, Alta.
But while the news certainly isn’t good for drivers, Georgetown isn’t alone when it comes to increasing collision frequency.
“Despite improvements in certain regions, the latest Allstate Insurance Company of Canada Safe Driving Study has found that collisions are still on the rise across Canada, with an overall increase of 2.5 per cent in frequency since the previous period studied,” reads the report.
The 2017 study also found “that the most severe collisions during the last period can be attributed to incidents involving pedestrians and cyclists, while the second-most severe type of collision was head-on collisions.”
Allstate points out that while the collision frequency rate was not the highest in Ontario, it was the only province to report an overall increase in its collision frequency rate - up 4.7 per cent since last year.
Interestingly enough, Allstate says that over the past five years, the day of the year with the highest number of collisions in Ontario is February 12.