-- TD Insurance Winter Driving Poll reveals one quarter of Ontarians are
anxious, scared or panicked when it comes to winter driving;
preparation is essential --
TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - When the thermostat drops and the snow
clouds roll in, more than one third of Ontarians (35%) admit they avoid
driving in Canada's winter wonderlands, according to the TD Insurance
Winter Driving Poll and one quarter (24%) say they feel anxious, scared
or even panicked when driving during winter.
The poll also found that Ontarians biggest winter driving pet peeves are
drivers who follow too closely behind them (32%), drivers who are too
fast (30%), and drivers who don't brush the snow off their cars (23%).
"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."
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 Ontarians 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.
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; 749 Ontario 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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