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

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

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

"IBC wants to help make sure everyone's holiday season is fun and safe," said Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC. "Being prepared for winter roads and paying extra attention during this festive time of year could help ensure the safety of you and everyone on the road."

IBC's top 10 tips for a safe holiday season on the roads are:

  1. Attending a festive holiday party? Don't drink and drive.  
  2. Last-minute holiday shopping? Leave presents and parcels out of sight in your car.
  3. Dreaming of sugar plums behind the wheel? Distractions come in many forms. Avoid them. 
  4. 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.
  5. Bringing cheer to relatives? Be careful when you drive at night.
  6. Stormy weather? Drive according to the road conditions and become prepared by reading helpful tips here.
  7. Love a warm car? Never leave it unattended to heat up.
  8. Reindeer running about? Know what to do when you see an animal on or near the road.
  9. Tune up your sleigh. Make sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready for winter's worst. 
  10. Safety first. Follow the regulations in your province and ensure proper use of seat belts, child car seats, and booster seats at all times.

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

"If you get a new mobile device this holiday season, do not use it while driving. Distracted driving is increasingly the cause of accidents. Avoiding distractions while driving could save a life," added Palumbo.

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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.

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