Life is a highway for many Canadians - TD Insurance survey says seven out of 10 will be hitting the road this summer

    Extended coverage and road safety tips from TD Insurance help Canadians
    safely arrive at their destinations

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - For many Canadians, summer is not complete
without a road trip vacation. This year is no different as a TD Insurance poll
found that seven out of 10 (71%) Canadians will be hitting the road this
summer, with most (38%) embarking on a road trip within their own province.
    "Road trips are a huge part of summer for many Canadians, but accidents
never take a vacation," says Henry Blumenthal, Vice President, TD Insurance.
"Proper insurance can help smooth a bumpy road and get you to your destination
safely and without delay."
    Additional auto insurance helps to ensure that the trip doesn't end
abruptly due to any loss or damage to your vehicle. If something does happen,
the Grand Touring Advantage product from TD Insurance Home and Auto can get
you back on the road. This additional coverage takes care of transportation
replacement costs within North America and other expenses like towing and
providing coverage so you can quickly continue your summer vacation at no
additional cost. Furthermore, this convenient solution will protect Canadians
against accidents causing damages to non-owned vehicles such as your rental RV
or your friend's brand new mini-van. These benefits may not be part of your
standard automobile insurance policy.
    Other poll findings include:

    -   79% of Canadians taking road trips will be driving their own
        vehicles, with 10% per cent renting a vehicle or driving a
        recreational vehicle;
    -   18% of Canadians taking a road trip will be visiting a province other
        than their own and 15% will be visiting the United States; and
    -   39% of Albertans taking a road trip will be visiting a province other
        than their own, more than double the national average.

    "Long distance driving is not the same as a drive to the grocery store,"
added Blumenthal. "Brushing up on your road safety knowledge prior to a
lengthy drive can keep the motor running and the road trip adventure rolling."
    To help Canadians improve their skills on the road, TD Insurance recently
launched a new online resource dedicated to road safety at
    Here are just a few tips to consider before hitting the road for a long

    -   Prepare yourself. Get a good night's sleep and eat a nutritious,
        light meal before you set off.
    -   Take care of your car. You may be ready for the journey, but is your
        vehicle? Make sure it's in road-worthy condition and all systems are
        working smoothly.
    -   Know where you're going. Map your trip ahead of time so you know your
        route and where the exits are located.
    -   Know the signs of fatigue. Sleep has a way of creeping up on you when
        you're behind the wheel. And that can result in the dreaded
        micro-nap - drifting off for a few seconds while you're driving.
    -   Be prepared. Carry the essentials: a map, a cell phone, bottles of
        water, nutritious snacks, a flashlight and an emergency kit just in

    For more information on automobile insurance products including the Grand
Touring Advantage product, please visit or call

    About the Poll

    From June 11 to June 12, 2009 Angus Reid Strategies conducted an online
survey among 1,007 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum
panelists. The margin of error-which measures sampling variability-is +/-
3.1%, 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

    The TD Insurance brand is a part of TD Bank Financial Group. The wide
range of TD Insurance products 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 products and
services are available through a network of more than 1,000 TD Canada Trust
branches, the Internet and telephone. The TD Insurance brand, through its TD
Insurance Credit Protection and TD Insurance Life and Health brands, is 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, is the largest direct-response insurance
group in the country. For more information, visit TD
Insurance Home and Auto products are offered in Ontario by TD General
Insurance Company and across Canada by Primmum Insurance Company and TD Home
and Auto Insurance Company.

For further information:

For further information: Jacqueline Burns, TD Insurance, (416) 308-0177,; Jason Graham, Argyle Communications, (416) 968-7311 x

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