Dec. 15 Is California's Most Dangerous Driving Day of the Year

Be extra careful out there, warns Allstate Insurance

Thursday, Dec 16, 2010  |  Updated 6:46 AM PDT
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If statistics don't lie, then Wednesday was a good day to stay home. Why do so many people have accidents on Dec. 15? Take a look around your car.

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If statistics don't lie, then Wednesday was a good day to stay home. Why do so many people have accidents on Dec. 15? Take a look around your car.

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Allstate Insurance Company's review of four years of insurance claims shows that more Californians crash their cars on Dec. 15 than any other day of the year.

Normally, the car insurance company receives about 430 claims per day. On Dec. 15, that number jumps to 540 claims, a 23 percent increase.

"This spike in crashes could be related to weather, holiday shopping or other distractions," said Robert Feldman, an Allstate agency owner in Los Angeles. "What's important for drivers is that we stay focused while at the wheel whether on the highway or in the driveway -- on Dec. 15 and every day of the year."

According to Allstate, the top five days for California car accident claims are Dec. 15, Feb. 14, Oct. 13, Dec. 18 and Sept. 5, in that order.

Allstate advises drivers to eliminate distractions by turning off cell phones and placing holiday packages in the trunk, so that they don't shift around inside the vehicle. Slowing down in reaction to rain and high winds is another safety tip. And Christmas cheer has no place behind the wheel, so drivers should plan ahead and designate a sober driver, call a cab or use public transportation when drinking, reminds the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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