-- TD Insurance Winter Driving Poll reveals 27% of Albertan drivers feel
confident behind the wheel during the winter season --
CALGARY, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Despite the slippery ice and snow banks
that line Alberta's winter roads, Albertans are most likely in the
country to feel confident navigating the roads this season (27% versus
23% nationally). According to the TD Insurance Winter Driving Poll,
Albertan drivers are also among the most prepared in Canada when it
comes to winter driving.
Albertans are most likely in the country to drive slower in snowy or icy
conditions (96% versus 90% nationally) and to give themselves extra
time to get to their destination (91% versus 84% nationally). More
than half (58%) also pack an emergency kit in their vehicle, compared
to only 43% of Canadians. Also, Albertans' biggest winter driving pet
peeve was drivers who follow too closely behind them (45%), followed by
drivers who are too fast (33%).
"Winter driving can be stressful for even the most experienced driver,"
says Blumenthal. "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 Henry
Blumenthal, Vice President and Chief Underwriter, TD Insurance.
"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
Blumenthal provides his advice for how Albertans 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; 208 Alberta 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
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SOURCE TD Insurance
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