WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- While winter weather traditionally challenges drivers across America with ice and snow covered roads, new data from the latest Farmers® Seasonal Smarts Digest reveals that slick surfaces aren't the only hazard facing drivers this year.
Farmers Insurance auto claims filed between 2013 and 2016 show that 76 percent of collision claims caused by skidding on snow or ice occur between December and February. The recent run of warmer-than-average winters actually led to a 58 percent decrease in snow- and ice-related claims last winter (late 2015 into early 2016) over the 2013-2014 winter. Farmers cautions that drivers still need to be vigilant on the roads this winter, as La Niña is predicted to bring a colder season with heavy snowfall to much of the country.1
While warmer winter weather may have decreased the number of traditional winter road issues, drivers may face other hazards that have been on the rise in recent winters. Claims from collisions resulting from one vehicle failing to yield an oncoming vehicle rose 14 percent since the 2013-2014 winter (26 percent of all collision claims). Additionally, vehicle theft increased by 9 percent during the same time period, which now accounts for 25 percent of all comprehensive claims in the winter.
"Dropping temperatures, especially this year thanks to La Niña, often mean an increase in the number of challenges drivers face due to slick roads, poor visibility, and other hazards," said Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience with Farmers Insurance. "However, the data points to the need for drivers to be aware of some hazards that the average person may not associate with the colder winter months but are occurring with an increased frequency."
Drivers across the country can navigate the upcoming winter hazards by considering the following easy tips from Quinn, including:
The complete Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest, which details common and uncommon hazards as well as safety and preparedness tips for you to consider can be found online at http://www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts.
About the Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest
The Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest is released four times per year to provide drivers and homeowners with knowledgeable, straightforward and proactive tips to consider for helping mitigate potentially dangerous and costly insurance losses. The digest examines a three-year window (2013 to 2016) of Farmers Insurance's historical claims database to identify seasonal perils and the states where they most commonly occur.
About Farmers Insurance
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