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Summer Toys: How Pools, Hot Tubs, Trampolines & Tree Houses Affect Your Home InsurancePools, hot tubs, trampolines and tree houses all provide enjoyable ways for kids and adults to spend the summer months, but they also come with risks. If you’re a homeowner, you’re going to want to check with your home insurance provider to ensure you have adequate coverage before anyone goes for that first dive, jump or climb. Read more »
Proper Tire Inflation 101: How to Check Tire PressureThe idea of tire inflation seems pretty straight forward, but it has to be done properly in order to maximize vehicle performance, fuel efficiency and driver safety. Read more »
School's out and the Kids Are Home for the SummerWith a bag full of laundry, many university and college students have returned home for the summer. With their return, comes a few housekeeping items (other than laundry) that need to be revisited. Read more »
Most Congested Canadian CitiesIf you were betting on Canada’s largest city, Toronto, being the most congested city in Canada, you better forfeit your losses. According to the TomTom Traffic Index, it's not the most congested. See which city topped the list. Read more »
Canada Road Safety Week: 10 Tips to Avoid Distracted DrivingWhen the May long weekend finally rolls around, it’s time to fire up the barbecue and say hello to warm weather; but spring’s official welcome party has a dark side too—it is often fraught with news of heavy traffic, accidents and dangerous driving. The fact that Canada Road Safety Week kicks off prior to the long weekend is no coincidence. Read more »
Money Saving Tips from Mom This Mother’s DayThis Mother’s Day let’s thank mom for all her pearls of financial wisdom. We’ve rounded up and summarized some of the best financial and money-saving tips courtesy of mothers everywhere, including our own in-house expert Anne Marie Thomas, one of the most spending-savvy moms we know. Read more »
Wildfire Season in Canada: Are You Prepared?May signifies the start of this year’s wildfire season in Canada. Wildfires are most likely to happen between May and September, and are not as uncommon as you might think. Approximately 8,000 wildfires occur in Canada each year, burning an average area of 2.5 million hectares. Read more »
11 Car Insurance Myths DebunkedCar insurance myths can cost us money, or influence decisions we make if believed. Learn the truth behind these common car insurance myths. Read more »
10 Mistakes Car Buyers Make When Buying NewOutside of buying a home, a car will likely be the second biggest purchase you’ll make. Avoid making these 10 common mistakes when buying a new car, to avoid pangs of regret as your drive off in your new set of wheels. Read more »
Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Home from TheftWe live in a relatively safe country; but that doesn’t mean we should let our guards down. According to Statistics Canada’s latest data, police-reported break-ins are up for the first time since 2003 with over 159,000 break-ins in 2015. Decrease your chance of getting broken into, with these 10 tips to keep your home safe. Read more »
New Report Shows Ontario Drivers Pay the Most for Auto Insurance in CanadaDespite having some of the safest roads in the country, Ontario drivers pay the most for their auto insurance coverage compared to the rest of Canada. Read more »
A photo of drivers entering and leaving TorontoNews alert: Ontario car insurance rates are set to increase. See what's expected to happen to Ontario car insurance rates in the coming months. Read more »
10 Tips When Driving AbroadDriving in a foreign country on unfamiliar roads can take your breath away in more ways than one; not only because of the scenery around you but because of the roads ahead of you. If you’re planning on taking to the road on your next vacation, these 10 tips will help ensure a safe, stress-free journey. Read more »
Toronto’s Construction Plans Mapped Out for the SummerDrivers in Toronto are going to have to keep cool behind the wheel as the season of road closures and construction descends upon the city. Read more »
Ready to Hit the Road This Long Weekend?With winter “officially” in the rearview mirror, and a three-day weekend on the horizon, there are two things you can count on this holiday long weekend: the potential for unpredictable weather and lots of traffic. If you’ll be hitting the road this long weekend, rock your road trip with these safety essentials and tips. Read more »
Getting You Ontario G Licence Feature ImageVirtually all the restrictions that came with your G1 and G2 are lifted once you get your G licence. You can legally drive on all public roads and highways, in any car, van, or small truck at any time of the day. But what do you need to pass the G exam and get your full driver's licence? Learn more Read more »
Ontario G2 Licence Requirements and RestrictionsHave a G1 and want to get your G2? Learn what's involved in getting your G2 and the licensing requirements and restrictions. Read more »
10 Tips for a Healthy VacationIt’s every traveller’s fear—falling ill while on holiday. It’s part of the reason why experienced travellers ensure they have travel insurance. Even so, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and there are other precautions you should take to maximize the likelihood of your trip going off without a hitch. Read more »
Student learning how to driveAn Ontario G1 licence is the first stage in Ontario’s graduated licensing program (followed by the G2 licence and the full G licence). From start to finish the process takes about 20 months to complete; however, you have 5 full years to do it. Learn about the requirements and restrictions for people who hold a G1 licence. Read more »
Everyone has an extra spring in their step now that winter is behind us, but your home and car may be a bit sluggish. Now that the weather is warmer, InsuranceHotline.com has listed areas to target that may be in need of some TLC. Read more »
Top SUVs and Crossovers: Best-Sellers in CanadaPopular SUVs and the ones that are cheapest to insure. See how Canada's best-selling SUVs rank. Read more »
When purchasing auto insurance or home insurance, you’ll need to decide how much your deductibles should be. Make the right choice by asking yourself a few key questions. Read more »
Buying an Older Home? 5 Factors That May Affect Your Home InsuranceIf mature neighbourhoods are more your style over new subdivisions, and you’re in the market to buy a new home, chances are you’ll be looking at an older house. Some older homes, however, haven’t been maintained as well as others. Learn what to look for so you're not surprised when it comes time to get home insurance. Read more »
Ontario’s $30 Drive Clean Testing Fee ScrappedIt costs a lot to drive a car in Ontario. There’s auto insurance, regular maintenance, and gasoline to name just a few expenses. This spring however, there’s one less expense you’ll have to pay for when it’s time to renew your vehicle’s registration. Read more »
Celebrate the New Season by Saving on Your Car InsuranceSpring is the time of year when we start shedding layers—mitts, hats, gloves, scarves and jackets. But, it’s also the ideal time to see if you can shed some unwanted expenses. See if you can put some extra spring in your budget, by saving money on your car insurance premiums. Read more »
Canadian Car of the YearThere are a lot of factors to consider when buying a new vehicle, but how do you know if you’re buying a “good” car—one that you’ll enjoy driving for years to come? Many turn to the people whose job it is to evaluate cars on a regular basis. Read more »
20 Ways to Protect Your Home from Flooding and Water DamageWater damage claims have surpassed fire claims as the number one cause of home insurance losses in much of the country. The weather can be unpredictable, but you can take precautions now to minimize the chance your home will sustain damage in advance of a heavy rainfall, melting snow or a rapid spring thaw. Read more »
Spring Forward: Driver Safety Tips for Daylight Saving TimeSpring is just around the corner! The proof? On Sunday March 12th, we spring forward one hour into Daylight Saving Time. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we’ll lose an hour of sleep, which can have serious consequences for drivers. Read more »
Would You Leave Home Without Travel Insurance?Travel can be exciting, relaxing and rewarding, but if something goes wrong, it can quickly become a financial nightmare; and according to a recent survey, 61 per cent of Canadians are willing to risk it. See why you shouldn't. Read more »
Key Times to Save and Shop for Car InsurancePeople often think about their auto insurance just once a year. But, if you’re not checking in on your rates more regularly, you may not be getting the best car insurance rate available. See when you should be shopping around for a better rate. Read more »