-- TD Insurance Winter Driving Poll reveals one quarter of B.C. drivers hesitant to drive in the winter; preparation is
VANCOUVER, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - When the snow hits British Columbia, it
seems residents are much more likely to hit the slopes than drive in
it. According to the TD Insurance Winter Driving Poll, 45% of British
Columbians only drive when they need to (compared to the national
average of 36%), and one quarter (25%) admit they feel anxious, scared
or even panicked when they're driving in the winter.
"Winter driving can be stressful for even the most experienced driver,"
says Henry Blumenthal, Vice President and Chief Underwriter, TD
Insurance. "Snow on the roads means an increase in auto insurance
claims, so it's important drivers educate themselves on how to stay
safe on the roads this winter and make sure they have adequate
insurance in the event that something unexpected happens."
Winter driving: tricks of the trade
Although most British Columbians don't enjoy driving during winter
weather, they are among the most knowledgeable on how to stay safe on
the roads when the thermostat drops. The majority of B.C. residents
Keeping your gas tank at least half-full will add weight and traction to
your vehicle (71% versus the national average of 61%)
If your vehicle skids out of control on a slippery surface, you should
steer in the same direction of the skid (60% versus the national
average of 51%)
Using cruise control in winter can be dangerous (84% versus the national
average of 67%)
If your vehicle gets stranded you should run the motor for shorter
periods of time instead of leaving it running (83% versus the national
average of 80%)
Male versus female
Nationally, attitudes toward winter driving differ between genders. The
poll revealed Canadian women are more likely than Canadian men to avoid
driving in the winter (44% versus 29% of men) and to admit they feel
anxious (26% versus 10% of men) when driving during snowy months.
"Drivers who are prepared for the elements will feel more confident and
better equipped to drive in all types of winter weather," says
Blumenthal. "Completing a winter driving course is not only a great
way to keep safe in winter conditions, but it can also save you money
on your insurance premiums."
Blumenthal provides his advice for how British Columbians can avoid
unwanted insurance claims in winter:
WINTER DRIVING CHECK LIST:
1. Be prepared
Check weather and road conditions. If necessary try to delay your
departure, or head for well-travelled roads. Have an emergency kit in
your vehicle, including a snow shovel and brush, booster cables, candle
and matches, blanket and cat litter (for traction). Check out RoadSafetyFirst.com, an online resource dedicated to safe driving, which offers articles on
a variety of topics related to road safety, an RSS feed with the latest
news, road conditions and weather, and tips for safe driving.
2. Drive slowly and leave room
Travel at a safe pace to avoid losing control, and remember it takes
longer to stop in winter weather conditions, so leave extra room
between you and the vehicle in front of you. Canadians say their two
biggest winter driving pet peeves are drivers who follow too closely
behind them (37%) and people who drive too fast (29%).
3. Check your vehicle
Properly inflated, high quality winter tires will give you better
traction on winter roads (and can even increase fuel efficiency!), so
check tire pressure often. It's also important to clear ice and snow
from your vehicle to increase visibility. Chunks of ice or snow
blowing off a vehicle in motion can be hazardous to other drivers.
4. Speak to your insurer
Call your insurer and review your auto insurance policy so there are no
surprises if you have to make a claim.
About the TD Insurance Winter Driving Poll
From October 28th to November 1st, 2011 an online survey was conducted
among 2,008 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum
panelists; 256 B.C. residents were surveyed. The margin of error—which
measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.07%, 19 times out of 20. The
results have been statistically weighted according to the most current
education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample
representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies
in or between totals are due to rounding.
About TD Insurance
TD Bank Group's insurance companies and operations carry on business
under the TD Insurance brand. TD Insurance offers a wide range of
products to help protect clients from the 'accidents of life' including
credit protection, life, health, travel, home and auto insurance. With
more than three million clients, TD Insurance authorized products and
services are available through a network of more than 1,000 TD Canada
Trust branches, the Internet and telephone. The TD Insurance brands
include TD Insurance Credit Protection and TD Insurance Life and
Health, which are the number one provider of critical illness insurance
and direct life and health premium origination in Canada. And through
its TD Insurance Meloche Monnex and TD Insurance Home and Auto brands,
TD Insurance is the largest direct-response insurance group in the
country. For more information, visit www.tdinsurance.com.
SOURCE TD Insurance
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