Toronto, October 19, 2010 – Canadian drivers are often caught off guard when bad weather hits as December sees the highest number of collision claims in comparison to the other winter months, according to new data from Allstate Insurance Company of Canada.
“Harsh winter driving conditions often increase in December and this spike in claims could be explained by unprepared winter drivers,” says Eric Michalko official spokesperson for Allstate Canada. “Everyone should have a fall checklist to get their car ready before the first snowfall.”
Allstate Canada’s claim data also corresponds with the severity of the winter, with more claims made during harsher winters than milder ones. With The 2011 Old Farmer’s Almanac predicting an early snowfall this year, Allstate Canada offers these reminders to Canadians on how they can prepare for bad weather driving and how they can stay safe on the roads this winter.
In the fall…
- Have your mechanic check your battery fluid levels, battery posts and cable connectors. Bad connections can keep your car from starting.
- Worn windshield wipers reduce visibility in bad weather conditions. Replace them annually to keep visibility clear.
- To avoid problems with visibility, ensure that your defroster and heater are working properly.
- Invest in snow tires for the winter (they’re mandatory in Quebec). The deep treads give you more control while driving in the snow or on slippery roads. Make sure your tires are also properly inflated as tires lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops.
- In Canada, blizzards can come out of nowhere. Put together or purchase a winter safety kit that includes a warm blanket, flashlight, gloves, boots, flares and water. Don’t forget to keep a good ice scraper, washer fluid and non-perishable foods in your trunk.
When the bad weather hits…
- Clear ALL the snow on your car, not just the snow on the windows. Leaving snow on the roof of your car can be dangerous for other drivers if it lands on their windshield and reduces their visibility.
- Plan your route in advance and give yourself extra time to get to your destination so you can drive at a safe speed and not worry about rushing.
- Leave extra space between you and the car ahead. It takes longer for you to come to a complete stop on slippery roads.
- Turn on headlights if visibility is poor. Do not rely on just your car’s running lights. This helps you see and be seen.
- If the weather is severe, pull over until it is safe to drive or avoid driving at all if you can. Before driving in bad weather, make sure to bring a fully charged mobile phone with you so you can call for help if you get stuck.
About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada produces and distributes home and auto insurance products across Canada. “The Good Hands Network®” enables consumers to contact Allstate through one of 93 community Agencies, directly online at www.allstate.ca and through the Customer Contact Centre at 1-800-allstate.