A couple of years ago the Quebec Government in Canada passed a law about winter tires: From December 15th to March 15th, ALL tires mounted on a passenger vehicle must be specifically designed for winter driving.
At the time, I , like many people who live in colder climates had used All Seasons for years. I didn't really think there was an issue, after all, years of driving with All Seasons, and no problems, right?
I can tell you from experience, and as someone who went into it very annoyed at the inconvenience of changing tires twice a year - it is well worth it. I am a pretty strong winter driver, even on my previous All Seasons I always knew how to adjust my driving to deal with any conditions. Safety was always important to me, yet I had never bothered with winter tires until the law passed.
Today, I can't even imagine driving without them. You will feel safer, you will have better control of the road, you will be protecting yourself and your family so much better.
Our climate is changing, we are seeing major increases in the amounts of snow we see and ice storms. When you drive in snow storms or in icy conditions, do you see people unable to manage the roads, stuck or struggling, driving at a turtles pace simply because they can't get their vehicle to move forward in the slush, snow and ice? Or maybe, this person is you?
Don't end up on the side of the road because you are having problems controlling your vehicle.
Get your winter tires now, it will extend the life of your all seasons/summer tires, it will give you the control that you need on the road - beyond what you have ever experienced with All Seasons. It will keep you on track.
Its an investment in your safety. Your regular tires will last twice as long, since they will be used in the conditions they were built for.
I found the video below from the Insurance Bureau of Canada which shows road tests on an ice skating rink - really interesting. Hope it helps convince any of you out there who don't see the value in snow tires to give it a second thought.
Image via Wikipedia
How do you know a winter tire ?
- Tires on which one of the following inscriptions appears: Alaska | Arctic | A/T or AT | Blizzard | Ice | LT | Nordic
- Snow (but not Mud & Snow) | Stud | Ultratraction | Winter
- Tires on which the mountain and snowflake icon appears.
From an insurance perspective, we are still seeing claims where people were driving without winter tires. At this time, the insurers are handling these case by case. From our experience with our insurers, which include Aviva, Chubb, Missisquoi, Guarantee Company of North America , and Intact, we have not seen any claims denied due to the violation of the law which requires winter tires. However, in Quebec, it is a law and so everyone here should have them installed. We advise all our clients to have them installed and respect the law.
A real driver is interested in performance, equip your vehicle for winter, you'll enjoy the ride, you'll have better control and everyone will be safer.
Leave the skating on ice or sliding down slippery slopes for outdoor sports and gain control of the road.
Have you installed your winter tires yet? What's your experience? Please share in the comments below and join the conversation!