Quebec is the only province in Canada requiring vehicles to be equipped with four snow tires during the winter. In 2007, 38 per cent of winter collisions involved vehicles without winter tires. That is when Quebec decided to pass this law to help lower the rate of crashes in the province. Winter tires are not mandatory in New Brunswick, NS or PEI. The main reason is that the Government says it’s too costly for some people.
Although winter tires are not mandatory, they are highly recommended. Winter tires are much more reliable than all-season tires. When the temperature drops below 7C, all-season tires lose their grip and become stiff at lower temperatures. Winter tires use a softer rubber compound, which provides a better grip on ice and snow. That said, snow tires would definitely be safer.
4 tips to insure safe winter driving
1. Install four winter tires
Transport Canada recommends that we install winter tires in sets of four to help maintain control and stability of our vehicles in icy conditions.
2. Verify air pressure
Tire pressure decreases as temperatures drop, so we should check our tire pressure at least once a month. Do so when the tires are cold and the car has been parked for a while (preferably all night). This will extend the tire’s tread life, improve safety and reduce fuel consumption.
3. Do not mix tires
Mixing tires with different tread patterns, internal construction, and size degrades the stability of the vehicle and should be avoided.
4. Do not drive with worn tires
We should not use tires that are worn close to the tread-wear indicator, as this reduces traction, something we want to avoid when roads are covered in snow.
As the winter months are approaching, we recommend you take the necessary measures to insure your car is safe to drive on icy and snowy roads. Your safety should always be a priority.
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