Every year, people slip and fall on ice and end up with terrible permanent injuries. Plenty of the injured weren’t wearing the right shoes and once they hit the right patch of slippery ice, whoosh, out go the feet. When a car or truck loses its grip, the consequences are much worse.
Remember what it’s like to drive in winter? Your fingers digging into the steering, while your feet nervously hover over the brake pedal?
11% of all accidents are caused by bad weather according to StatisticsBrain. And with the way cars are built, collisions are usually very expensive.
In winter, snow and ice always coat the roads and the slush and grime on our windshields reduces visibility. Our roads are being salted and sanded less. There are more cars on the road this year, thus increasing the odds a winter collision will happen. Drivers rarely slow down even in winter making it the perfect storm of events to create a disaster for someone.
Recipe for trouble:
You might think you’re a great driver with the Midas touch on the brakes and gas, but maybe your son, wife and daughter aren’t so talented. They need the grip and traction of winter tires. Everyone’s first objection is the cost of winter tires, yet how much is your collision deductible? $500. Same price as 4 snow tires, and your auto insurance policy premiums may drop, so why not spring for a new set?
All-season tires are the “jack of all trades, master of none” tires, and in winter that makes them dangerous. Winter tires are composed of a softer rubber that adjusts to changing surface conditions and they channel snow and ice better. The figure at right shows the aggressive tread that increases traction.
You’ll be driving in winter conditions for at least 5 months. That’s a 160 day time period to get into an “at fault” accident.
Performance Winter Tires. These are used for normal or mild winter conditions and take you through most of the winter and you can drive safely at high speed routes like the 407 and 401. We recommend not going above 100kph.
Studless Ice and Snow Tires. This is more aggressive for the coldest snowiest months of the year (Dec, Jan, Feb). They’re obviously not for speeding at 130kph on the 407, but on our 2 lane backroads, these are almost a necessity.
Studded Snow Tires. These tires may not be legal here in the GTA, but they provide the maximum grip possible. They’re noisy and the ride’s a little rough, but you get the maximum safety on our icy roadways.
I’m sure you’ll agree that winter is a dangerous time to drive on our roadways. If you drive north of the city on the 2 lane roads, it’s almost imperative that you have safe tires on your vehicle. With your car sporting its new winter tires, your grip on the steering wheel will loosen and you won’t really need your CAA membership.
Happy safe driving this winter!