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Top 10 Tips for Driving Safety in the Holiday Season

"This time of year the roads can be slippery and busier than usual," said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC. "IBC wants to help make sure everyone's holiday season is safe and enjoyable."

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.
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Top Ten Vacation Tips for Protecting your Home and Car

"If you take 15 minutes to check off each point on the IBC Top 10 list, you'll go a long way to preventing thefts and accidents that could damage your biggest assets – your home and car," says Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC. 
Here are IBC's top 10 tips for preparing your home and car for vacation:
1. Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to check on your home every few days.
Have someone collect your mail and/or newspapers, park a car in your driveway and check your home for any damage. Make sure they know how to reach you.
2. Make your home look lived in.
Noticeable differences from your home's usual appearance can hint that you are away. Consider using timers that turn lights on and off automatically, and leave curtains and blinds as normal (removing valuables from sight). 
3. Disconnect electronics.
Unplug TV sets, stereos, computers and other electronic devices, or plug them into a surge protector.
4. Inspect your home before you leave. 
Put away bicycles and gardening equipment, and lock your shed. It's also helpful to keep trees and shrubs trimmed so your house is in plain view.
Update your home inventory and take photos or videos of its contents. 
5. Double-check that all doors and windows in your home are locked. 
6. If you have a security system, set it before you go.
7. If possible, load luggage into your car in your garage.
8. Close car windows, lock the doors and keep keys in a safe spot.
Don't leave car keys visible in your house. Instead, keep the keys with you. 
Remove valuables from your car.
9. Keep your car registration and proof of insurance with you.
Thieves may try to falsify information if they find your registration and proof of insurance. 
10. Don't announce your vacation plans in casual conversations or emails, or on social media sites.
Social media can reach further than you expect. Don't alert potential thieves to your absence. Only post travel pictures when you return.
"As always, be sure to drive safely," adds Palumbo. "Avoid distracted driving and ensure that you are properly rested before hitting the road."
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