Half of Canadian drivers pick tires as 1st safety choice
A survey by tire maker Michelin reveals half of Canadians (50 per cent) cite winter tires as their technology of choice for feeling safe on the roads this season. Tires were the overwhelming choice over other technologies like four-wheel drive (32 per cent) and anti-lock brakes (18 per cent).
"Changing your tires, just as you change your wardrobe for the season, is critical for navigating winter roads," says Normand Latrémouille, Winter Segment Marketing Manager for Michelin North America. "Unlike all-season tires, winter tires are engineered to provide the best possible grip on dry and wet pavement during winter, not just on snow, slush or ice-covered roads."
The survey also showed Ontarians need to slow down in snowy and icy driving conditions. Specifically, 57 per cent of Ontarians cite fast drivers as their biggest pet peeve yet, not surprisingly, 23 per cent of these drivers claim to be guilty of driving too fast on the snowy streets themselves!
Michelin’s Top 10 Winter Driving Tips
1. Avoid the winter slip n’ slide – Change your all-season tires to winter tires.
2. Don’t be a peephole driver – Scrimping on scraping might get you to your destination faster, but it’s a dangerous, and in some jurisdictions illegal, driving habit.
3. Winterize your trunk – Keeping a road safety kit in your trunk year-round is a smart idea, but winter driving conditions call for special safety gear like a lightweight shovel, blanket and a bag of sand.
4. Replace worn tires – Worn or bald tires can be dangerous, so it’s important to check your tires each winter season to ensure they are safe.
5. Don’t mix and match – Mixing your tires with different tread patterns, internal constructions and sizes compromises the stability of your vehicle. Ensure you equip it with four identical winter tires.
6. Top up your fluids! – Ensure that you always keep your gas tank at least half full. On very cold days, anything that’s less than half a tank could freeze. And don’t forget about your windshield wiper fluid too.
7. Pump up your tires! – Tire pressure decreases as temperatures drop, so be sure to check the pressures at least once a month. Tire pressure is best checked when your vehicle has been sitting unused.
8. Watch the weather channel – Check the TV for local weather forecasts and road conditions before leaving for your destination.
9. Bring a cellphone! – For long trips, don’t forget to bring a cell phone just in case you need to pull over to the side of the road, stop your vehicle and call for help.
10. Buckle up!