CAR CARE Be prepared for winter

Walking in a winter wonderland may be dreamy, but driving in winter is a different story.

Walking in a winter wonderland may be dreamy, but driving in winter is a different story.

According to TD Insurance, snow on the road means an increase in auto insurance claims.

While the no-fail strategy for staying safe in frightful winter weather is to avoid the roads altogether, this isn’t always an option. Many Canadians get creative to solve winter driving woes – for example, using their sleeves to clean off their windshield – but is that the best solution?

Henry Blumenthal, vice-president and Chief Underwriter, TD Insurance, offers his top tips to help Canadian drivers weather the storm – and avoid unwanted insurance claims – this winter:

Pack an emergency driving kit – Your winter driving emergency kit should include a snow shovel and brush, window scraper, booster cables, a candle and matches, and a blanket. Kitty litter is a good alternative to help you gain traction on ice if unexpected weather hits before you buy road salt.

Invest in winter tires – Properly inflated, high quality winter tires will give you best traction on winter roads and can increase fuel efficiency. Check tire pressure often, especially before any highway driving.

Be prepared – Check the road conditions before you head out and give yourself extra time to get where you need to go., an online resource dedicated to safe driving, offers articles on a variety of topics related to road safety, an RSS feed with the latest news, road conditions and weather and tips for safe driving.

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