Although late, Winter has certainly arrived. Besides snow, we have to worry about freezing rain and what it does to our roads, both as a driver and as a pedestrian.
Driving in the Canadian Winter is hazardous if you are not prepared for it. In Quebec, it is mandatory to have winter tires on your vehicle. In Ontario, it is not. And we certainly see the rise of car accidents and pedestrian injuries and deaths in the winter time.
All Season Tires may sound like the right solution for driving in a country/province where we see “all seasons” but if you are using your tires all year round, you are wearing down the treads and reducing how well your tires work.
Winter tires help you stop fast, prevent your car from spinning and in essence, help prevent accidents. Winter tires have deeper treads to allow for better performance in snow, slush, on ice and wet and dry roads.
According to the Ministry of Transportation, All Season tires can begin to lose their grip below 7 degrees Celsius. Most people probably are not even aware of this fact. The MTO reccommends that you install 4 Winter tires, even on four-wheel drive vehicles, for best control of your vehicle.
How else can you drive safely this winter?
- Install 4 matching Winter Tires.
- Clean off all snow from your car- including your side mirrors.
- Defrost car thoroughly before leaving your driveway or parking lot- better to be safe than sorry.
- Be aware that it will take longer to stop in poor driving conditions and allow for extra stopping room.
- Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads.
- Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and that you have enough windshield wiper fluid.
- Make sure your brakes are in good working condition.