-- TD Insurance Winter Driving Poll reveals residents in Manitoba and
Saskatchewan aren't looking forward to driving in the snow --
TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Navigating the snow, ice and subzero
temperatures, Manitoba and Saskatchewan residents are most likely in
the country to feel anxious, scared or even panicked when it comes to
driving in the winter (41% versus 25% nationally) according to the TD
Insurance Winter Driving Poll.
"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."
Manitoba and Saskatchewan drivers may be anxious winter drivers, but
they're actually among the most prepared drivers in Canada, too. The
majority of residents drive slower in snowy or icy conditions (93%
versus 90% nationally), check weather and road conditions before
hitting the road (71% versus 67% nationally), and pack an emergency kit
in their vehicle (59% versus 43% nationally).
The generation gap
With age comes wisdom, so it's no surprise older Canadians fare better
on winter roads. According to the poll, Canadians aged 55 or over are
not only more confident winter drivers (27% versus 17% of Canadians
aged 18-34), they are also more knowledgeable on how to stay safe on
the roads. More 55+ drivers knew that:
If your vehicle breaks down you should run the motor for shorter periods
of time instead of leaving it running if stranded (87% versus 66% of
Keeping your gas tank at least half-full will add weight and traction to
your vehicle (69% versus 49% of younger Canadians)
If your vehicle skids out of control on a slippery surface, you should
steer in the same direction of the skid (57% versus 45% of younger
Using cruise control in winter can be dangerous (70% versus 64% of
"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 residents of Saskatchewan and
Manitoba 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; 134 Manitoba and Saskatchewan 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
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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
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SOURCE TD Insurance
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