Driving - Blog

By Staebler Insurance on Mar 19, 2019

Is there anything that will leave a pit in your stomach like realizing you left your keys in the car just after you shut the door? The mixture of embarrassment and panic as you suddenly realize your entire day has just been entirely rearranged? The self-directed frustration, furious that you could ever be so silly? Don’t feel so bad, getting locked out can happen to anyone. What matters is how you deal with it. Keep calm and remember these tips to making the best out of a bad...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jan 29, 2019

When we think about automobile crime, we tend to focus on car theft, thieves that will make off with your entire vehicle. Obviously, that is a huge concern and one you should definitely take steps to protect yourself from. But, statistically speaking, you’re more likely to be the victim of a more mundane crime – the run-of-the-mill vehicle break-in.  Every year hundreds of thousands of vehicles are broken into in Ontario. While this isn’t quite as traumatic as an...

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By Staebler Insurance on Dec 12, 2018

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released the list of Canada's most stolen vehicles , and once again, Ford F-Series trucks dominate the list.   Six of the top ten stolen vehicles across the country are Ford F-350 models from various model years and three are F-250 trucks. The IBC says thieves target trucks first because they hold their resale value and make it easy to carry out other crimes, like hauling stolen goods.   Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in 2018...

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By Staebler Insurance on Nov 27, 2018

Waterloo Region road planners have fallen in love with roundabouts! In recent years, roundabouts have gone from being a curiosity you might encounter in some quaint, sleepy neighbourhood 20 minutes out of the way to a regular feature of many main thoroughfares and highly trafficked areas. In cities like Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, there are literally dozens of roundabouts, practically guaranteeing that any trip you take through the area will see you navigating at least a few...

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By Staebler Insurance on Nov 20, 2018

Car maintenance is always important, but it takes on an especially crucial role during a Canadian winter. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road when the mercury dips into freezing temperatures, when the sleet and snow start making an already precarious position on the shoulder downright dangerous due to a lack of visibility. If you see that check engine light come on, you need to know what to do about it immediately! As we start getting into the cold months, check...

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By Staebler Insurance on Aug 23, 2018

Riding a motorcycle is a liberating experience, but it's also a risky one. With warm summer days, you feel the urge to head out on the highway. But even for experienced riders, it's important to remember the basics. Safety on the road doesn't just help protect your body, it can also help protect your wallet by keeping your insurance rates low. So keep the following tips in mind as you prepare to head out on the open road. The clothes make the rider With nothing...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jul 3, 2018

"What the heck is that squealing noise!?” you ask as you pull out of the driveway and wake up half the neighbourhood.  Uh oh, something is up with your car. It could just be a $15 belt that needs to be replaced, or for all you know it could be a massive engine catastrophe in the making. Either way, you're going to have to head to a garage and ask them to fix whatever the heck it is that needs fixing.  For an unscrupulous mechanic, that's like handing them...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jun 27, 2018

The long weekend is almost here! Remember to keep your cargo safe, as it may be at greater risk of theft. A long weekend can be a prime time for opportunistic thieves to strike. Key Points to Remember: Never drop a loaded trailer without dispatches approval. Most thefts occur when trucks are left parked on the side of the road and/or outside maintenance facilities. Truck stops are another hot theft area. Loaded trailers must always be...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jun 19, 2018

We get it, insurance might be exciting to us, but the average person would rather spend their free time thinking about other things. For most people, the only time they think about their car insurance is when they have to, unfortunately, make a claim or when it comes time to renew. That's understandable, but you should know that you might be missing out. When it comes to insurance, it pays to stay on top of things. Your premiums are based on a complex combination of factors and...

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By Staebler Insurance on Apr 25, 2018

Uh oh , you got yourself in a fender bender. After years and years of pristine, perfect driving it finally happened. You've crumpled a bumper backing up in a parking lot, or clipped a tail light while changing lanes. Now, not only do you have to deal with the headache of getting your vehicle repaired, you can also look forward to paying higher insurance premiums each year as a result of your besmirched driving record. Does that seem fair? Should years of safe, secure, mindful...

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