Canadians hate driving in the winter, plain and simple.
The heavy snow, freezing rain, and icy temperatures can make for a difficult, slow drive.
A State Farm survey finds although 82% hate maneuvering in these kinds of conditions, 66% admit they’re not the best drivers, especially during/after the first snowfall of the season.
The main concerns for drivers are black ice (45%) and freezing rain (23%).
“Winter is a fact of life in Canada, and it’s obvious that the majority of Canadians are uncomfortable driving in the winter for a number of reasons. Shorter daylight hours, driving through snow, scrapping off ice, cold temperatures and sudden weather changes are factors that affect driving conditions and a person’s mood behind the wheel. All the more reason to not let things like phones, noisy passengers and pets distract you from the road.” – John Bordignon, Media Relations, State Farm.
Transport Canada has advised drivers to have winter tires installed when temperatures start to consistently hit 7°C. Although it says these tires provide better handling and braking capabilities in winter conditions, only about 25% of those who took part in the survey said they don’t use them.
Last month, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced all insurances companies will provide a discount to those drivers who install winter tires, beginning January 1, 2016.