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author photo by Autotrader December 2010

According to Allstate Insurance Company, December 15 is the most dangerous day for California drivers. Based on a review of California auto insurance claims over the last four years, the provider found that the number of accidents on December 15 increases 23 percent compared to the daily average the rest of the year.

“This spike in crashes could be related to weather, holiday shopping, travel or other distractions,” says Robert Feldman, Allstate agency owner in metro 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 December 15 and every day of the year.”

Allstate discovered that the daily average number involving its policyholders during the past four years is 435. On December 15 that number increases to 539. The fourth worst day of the year is on December 18 with an average 523 claims.

Allstate notes that the top five days for collision claims in California are: December 15, February 14, October 13, December 18 and September 5.

But, you don’t have to be from California to heed the following timely tips from Allstate.

How to keep clear of crashes:

1) Remove distractions: Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel. Cell phones, texting, changing channels, checking out the navigation system or fiddling with packages are common distractions that take our minds off our driving. Turn off the cell phone, put packages (or anything that could roll around) in the trunk, pick music and get directions before starting the car.

2) Take note of driving conditions: Rain, snow, high winds and bright sunshine can all affect driving. Put space between you and the nearest vehicle, slow down in congested areas and drive defensively. Even if you aren’t distracted, the other driver might be.

3) Don’t drink and drive: As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says, “Keep the party off the road.” Be smart and vigilant. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver, or call a cab or use public transportation if you’ve been drinking alcohol.

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Holiday Season Distractions Lead to More Car Crashes in California - Autotrader