Travel with a vehicle emergency kit in case of unexpected weather
TORONTO, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - As winter weather hits many parts of the
country, RSA Canada reminds Canadians to stay safe as they travel to
and from work, or to visit family and friends over the holidays.
"With cold weather often combined with blowing snow and icy conditions,
it is more important than ever for drivers to remember to slow down
when heading out for their various destinations," says Irene Bianchi,
Vice President, Claims & Corporate Services, RSA Canada. "When
unexpected weather conditions hit, it is best to be prepared and to
drive slowly in order to arrive at your destination safe and sound. If
travel is not completely necessary, consider delaying or postponing
your trip until safer conditions occur."
If you have to travel in inclement weather, RSA offers the following
tips while travelling:
Use extreme caution when travelling in your vehicle.
If you become stuck in your vehicle due to dangerous weather conditions,
remain inside and provide a signal to rescuers such as placing a
brightly visible cloth in a window where it will be visible.
Start the car once an hour and leave it running for 10 minutes. Keep the
exhaust pipe clean so that fumes can escape
"Be prepared just in case you are stranded in your vehicle for a longer
period of time." Bianchi recommends, "Have an emergency travel kit
ready in your vehicle at all times, in the event of an unexpected
extreme weather event." Kit contents should include
Flashlight and batteries
Fully-charged cell phone
Extra clothing - includes hats, gloves and boots
First aid kit
Map or GPS
Ice scraper and/or snow brush
Extra windshield washer fluid
Battery booster cables
Bag of sand or salt
Candy or chocolate bar for energy
"By keeping abreast of weather conditions and having the right items on
hand, travel will be less stressful and the holidays more enjoyable,"
RSA Canada includes Roins Financial Services Limited, Royal & Sun
Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, Quebec Assurance Company, Johnson
Inc., Western Assurance Company, Ascentus Insurance Ltd., Canadian
Northern Shield Insurance Company and is part of RSA Insurance Group
plc. RSA Canada employs approximately 3,200 people and is represented
by a large network of brokers across the country. In 2009, the Canadian
Group wrote $1.9bn in direct premiums with assets exceeding $5.5
billion. Internationally, RSA Insurance Group plc employs about 21,000
people and has the capability to write business in 130 countries and in
2009 its net written premiums were £6.7bn.
RSA is a trade name of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada.
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