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Now that it became winter in Manitoba overnight we wanted to share some winter driving tips from our friends at Wawanesa Insurance.

  1. "Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Give yourself extra time for travel and, if weather is bad, wait for conditions to improve.
  2. If you must drive in bad weather, think caution, plan ahead and make sure you have enough fuel. See and be seen. Clear all snow from the hood, roof, windows and lights. Clear all windows of fog before hitting the road. Top up windshield wiper fluid and make sure wipers are in good shape.
  3. Proper braking is essential. Increase your following distance; focus your attention as far ahead as possible.  Don’t slam on the breaks. Know that winter tires have been proven to increase traction in winter driving conditions. **Crossroads pro tip: you can finance your winter tire purchase for up to 4 years through Manitoba Public Insurance! Get more info here.
  4. Remember that not all vehicles respond in the same way to icy, slippery roads. Familiarize yourself with your vehicle's braking system and tire traction. If your car is skidding decelerate by taking your foot off the brake, step on the clutch or shift to neutral then look where you want your vehicle to go and steer in that direction.
  5. If you are trapped in a storm or snow bank, don’t panic. Avoid overexertion and exposure and stay in your car. Run your motor sparingly. Keep fresh air in your car. Keep moving and don’t fall asleep. Keep watch for traffic or searchers.
  6. Try to keep to the main roads and drive with caution, measuring your speed to road and weather conditions. Avoid passing another vehicle, if possible, when weather and road conditions are bad.
  7. Plan your route and let someone know which way you'll be travelling, your destination and expected arrival time, especially when driving long distances.
  8. Drive sober and avoid driver distractions.
  9. Keep an Emergency Car Kit in the trunk or your vehicle. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged in case of emergency.
  10. Always keep a road map, flashlight, first-aid kit, blanket and shovel in your vehicle."

COVID-19 Updated Notice

Reopening to the Public

Crossroads Insurance has been monitoring and assessing developments with COVID-19. The health and safety of our customers and staff is our priority. Crossroads Insurance’s response continues to evolve as developments change.

Effective Monday January 25th, 2021, our offices will reopen to the public with social distancing protocols in place. For your convenience, Crossroads Insurance can still handle the majority of your MPI Services/Autopac, Home, Business, and Life insurance needs over the phone, by email, or online.

We have taken additional precautions to keep our offices safe, including protective shields, extensive cleaning and sanitizing.

We are confident there will be little impact on our service capabilities and responsiveness as a result of these changes. There may be times when our team members are dealing with increased call volumes. Please be patient during this time. Please leave a voicemail and one of our Insurance Advisors will return your call as soon as they are available. You can also send your inquiries by email, fax, and through our website.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide you with regular updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Insurance Advisors who are here to help and ready to assist you.

We are here to support you as we work through this together,
Your Crossroads Insurance Team