IBC Top 10: Tips for a safe holiday season on the roads

​DECEMBER 10, 2014 (EDMONTON) – This holiday season, Insurance Bureau of Canada(IBC) is providing Western Canadians with some safe driving tips.

Lower temperatures, increased precipitation, and busier roads can make driving at this time of year hazardous," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western & Pacific, IBC. "By following these tips, you can help make sure your holiday season is fun and safe." 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.  "Studies show driver distraction is a factor in eight out of 10 car crashes in North America each year. Distractions can come in many forms, but the use of cellphones while driving is a very dangerous distraction. If you get a new mobile device this holiday season, do not use it while driving. It could save a life," added Adams.
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