Don't let your car catch a cold
By Glenn Cooper
(NC)—You've noticed it. Your daylight drive home is now a moonlight trip. You're turning on the heat and your windows are rolled up. With cold temperatures and flurries on the way, drivers are preparing their vehicles to safely navigate their families through the colder months.
Surprisingly, however, Canada's winter weather still catches drivers unprepared. According to historical data from leading insurance company, Aviva Canada, customer claims increase by an average of around 49 per cent during the winter months, compared to the rest of the year. The first snowfall of the year historically accounts for the highest instance of collisions.
“Driving in the winter months puts different pressures on your vehicle, with ice, snow and extreme temperatures challenging your car,” says Mauro Convertini, insurance expert from Aviva Canada. “The best trick for drivers is to gear up their cars for the winter months before the bad weather hits.”
Convertini offers drivers these tips to get vehicles winter-ready: • Check your tire pressure: It drops more quickly in cold weather, so top up your tires often to prevent sliding.
• Install snow tires: They improve traction with a more aggressive tread to safely power a car through slippery snow. Snow tires are legally required in Quebec.
• Have an emergency kit ready: It should include a flashlight, first aid kit, warm clothing and blankets, road salt, shovel, scraper, emergency food supply and bottled water.
With these tips in mind, you'll be able to approach the upcoming elements with caution as you safely steer your way through the colder months. More information is available from your insurance broker, or online at avivacanada.com.
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