As we continue to enjoy above seasonal temperatures, some are already looking ahead, and getting prepared for the snow.
A Leger survey for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada finds 68% of drivers are now using winter tires.
In Ontario, 65% of drivers are using winter tires, compared 56% in 2014.
Drivers who still have not made the switch say cost (23%) and the belief that all-season tires are sufficient (48%) are preventing them from buying new tires.
“Drivers adopting winter tires in record numbers is fabulous news because it means Canada’s roadways in winter are becoming significantly safer. However, the fact that three-in-ten motorists still do not own winter tires poses a threat to all motorists. This is why outreach to educate drivers continues to be needed. Every motorist needs to know that today’s high-tech winter tires radically outperform all-seasons in all cold-weather driving conditions and offer potentially life-saving benefits.” -Glenn Maidment, President of TRAC.
Quebec introduced mandatory winter tires in 2008. A study released in 2011 found the use of winter tires there was responsible for a 5% drop in winter road-accident injuries. The same study also showed a 3% drop in deaths and serious injury.
From the report:
Rising usage rates for winter tires are the result of significant improvements in tire technology, particularly in tread design and rubber compounds. These advances have improved traction performance across all tire categories, but especially for winter tires. The softer tread compounds in today’s winter tires retain their flexibility even in extreme cold. At temperatures at or below 7 degrees Celsius, winter tires provide significantly better traction than all other types. The result is significantly greater control on all cold-weather road surfaces and shorter stopping distances.