Here’s Where Halton Ranks on the List of Safest and Most Dangerous Driving Cities

Published July 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Have you ever wondered if Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills are safe municipalities for drivers?

Have you ever wondered if Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills are safe municipalities for drivers?

It looks like Oakville drivers are pretty lucky, while Burlington drivers might want to exercise a little extra caution. 

A recently released report titled Ontario’s Worst Cities for Driving 2019–a report that grades cities across Ontario based on tickets and collisions of its hometown drivers–revealed that Oakville is one of the safest cities for drivers. 

“Your driving record and history has a direct impact on the auto insurance premiums you pay. With tickets and collisions on your record, you can expect to pay more for your auto insurance than if you didn’t. It’s a reality that most drivers know and expect,” the report reads.

“You might also expect, however, that residents in large urban areas, like Toronto, would report having more tickets on their driving record, on average, as well as collisions. It’s a big city after all with more vehicles on the road and drivers, and thus a greater chance for something to happen.”

The study is quick to point out that assumptions about big cities can be unfounded. 

The study determined that the best cities for driving in Ontario are North York, Toronto, East York, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, York, Thornhill and Oakville.

What cities were deemed the worst?

Orangeville, Bradford, Woodstock, Sault Ste. Marie, Brantford, Orillia, Thunder Bay, St. Thomas, Caledon and Barrie were all deemed poor municipalities for driving. 

The study says that in Orangeville, drivers were 1.9 times as likely to have a ticket, accident, or both, on their record than the Ontario average. In North York, a driver is 22 per cent less likely to have a ticket, crash or both on their record than the average, and Toronto drivers are 21 per cent less likely to have a black mark on their driving record.

The study also points out that some cities boast higher collision rates than average. The study says that, overall, 8.9 per cent of Ontario drivers admit to having been involved in a collision in the last 10 years. 

Areas in the province where the average is two full percentage points higher include Woodstock (13.6 per cent), Kanata (12.3 per cent), Whitby (11.5 per cent), Pickering (11.5 per cent), and Burlington (10.9 per cent).

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