HALIFAX, Dec. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - This holiday season, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is providing Atlantic Canadians with some important safe driving tips.
"This time of year the roads can be slippery and busier than usual," said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC. "IBC wants to help make sure everyone's holiday season is safe and enjoyable."
IBC's top 10 tips for a safe holiday season on the roads are:
- Attending a festive holiday party? Don't drink and drive.
- Last-minute holiday shopping? Leave presents and parcels out of sight in your car.
- Dreaming of sugar plums behind the wheel? Distractions come in many forms. Avoid them.
- The holidays can be tiring! Be sure you are well rested. If you are tired, pull off the road to a safe spot and nap.
- Bringing cheer to relatives? Be careful when you drive at night.
- Stormy weather? Drive according to the road conditions and become prepared by reading helpful tips here.
- Love a warm car? Never leave it unattended to heat up.
- Reindeer running about? Know what to do when you see an animal on or near the road.
- Tune up your sleigh. Make sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready for winter's worst.
- Safety first. Follow the regulations in your province and ensure proper use of seat belts, child car seats, and booster seats at all times.
"Distracted driving is very serious and increasingly the cause of accidents. According to studies, driver distraction is a factor in eight out of 10 crashes in North America. If you get a new mobile device this holiday season, do not use it while driving," added Dean.
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is pleased to celebrate 50 years as a valuable resource for insurance information. Since 1964, IBC has been working with governments across Canada to make our communities safer, championing issues that directly affect Canadians and the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the P&C insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $48 billion.
If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.
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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada
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