With the holiday season in full swing, many drivers may be thinking about getting to their loved ones homes' safely so they can enjoy spending time celebrating. This can be a great time of year, but there are issues that they may need to watch out for regarding their vehicles.
Holidays are known for having increased instances of vehicle vandalizations, and drivers may need to keep an eye out to ensure their cars and trucks are safe, according to a report from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). One of the most important things during the holiday season is to ensure that a vehicle is parked in a place that is safe.
There are many acts of vandalism that can occur, including broken windows and slashed tires, the report explained.
There are some holidays that have more incidents of vandalism than others. Taking information from nearly 30 companies, the report noted that there are close to 700 vandalism claims per day throughout the country. These averaged $1,528, per vehicle, which made the average daily cost for all incidents more than $1 million.
The holiday with the most claims was Halloween, as it averaged 1,253 incidents from 2008 to 2012, the report showed. In second was the Fourth of July, which approached 990 claims, and New Year's Day had 944. However, some days, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, had claims that were less than the daily average throughout the year.
Drivers who experience malicious damage to their vehicles are more likely to have this occur on weekends. The report added that Saturdays have 16 percent higher incidents than during the week, while Sundays are 7 percent higher.
With these issues prevalent everywhere, it may be a good plan to look for a strong car insurance policy, so that a driver may be covered in the event of vandalism.
Some vehicles have higher theft rates
Dealing with vandalism can be frustrating, but it isn't the only danger that occurs when a vehicle is left unattended. Last year, those who drove Honda Accords experienced the highest theft rate, with close to 58,600 vehicles stolen, according to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), which analyzed statistics from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The second-most stolen car was the Honda Civic, which was taken more than 47,000 times.
For the full year, 2012 had a 1.3 percent rise in thefts from 2011, the report added. This was still notably lower than the 1.66 million that were stolen during 1991, which was the period with the highest figures.