Toronto, Ontario – Auto collision claims spike by more than 47 per cent during the winter months, with the first snowfall accounting for the highest instance of collisions, according to data from insurance provider Aviva Canada.

Weather-related incidents, slippery roadways and white-out conditions accounted for over $37.8 million in auto collision claim payments between December 2009 and February 2010, the company said.

“Canadians are traditionally very experienced winter drivers, but the first snowfall of the year can be extremely challenging even for the most capable motorist,” said Mauro Convertini, vice-president of national auto claims. “It sounds very simple, but the biggest key to prevention is to slow down as icy road conditions result in vehicle sliding and skidding.”

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