A new study of Ontario drivers indicates that motorists are performing better on the roads, as the rate of accidents over the past several years has diminished considerably.
According to the auto insurance firm Allstate and its Ontario Safe Driving Study, the collision frequency rate in the province dropped 7 per cent between 2007-2009 and 2009-2011.
Tony Irwin, spokesperson for Allstate Canada, said he was pleased to see that the overall collision rate had declined throughout Ontario and hoped to see the trend continue.
"To help, we are reminding drivers to be attentive and patient behind the wheel," said Irwin. "The Ontario Safe Driving Study is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what's happening on our roads and to kick-start a discussion between drivers, governments, police and other organizations about what makes a safe driver."
In addition to detailing the overall rate of collisions that have occurred in the province over the past several years, the study also looked at individual communities as well. The city of Brockville logged the lowest collision rate at 2.48 per cent. Welland, Chatham, Amherstburg and St. Thomas rounded out the five communities with the fewest crashes. Four of the five communities are located in the Southwest region of Ontario.
While these communities had the lowest crash frequency rates, most of the 45 communities tracked saw improvements. Only five cities had higher collision rates in the 2009-2011 period than 2007-2009, those being Belleville, North Bay, Markham, Brampton and Toronto.
With fewer accidents happening, it's an indication there have been a reduced number of auto insurance claims being filed. However, according to a separate poll also conducted by Allstate, a significant percentage of Canadians aren't aware of the proper protocol they should follow after being involved in a crash.
For instance, the poll found that nearly half of all Canadians said they would have their vehicle towed without first checking with their insurance provider to see if it covered the charges. Many were also not aware that the law requires motorists to inform their insurance provider about an automotive accident within 24 hours of it taking place.
The poll also showed that more than one-third of young Canadians - those between the ages of 18 and 34 - said they weren't sure of what damages were covered by their auto insurance policy.