Winter Tires: Some Myths and Realities
Winter has already hit many parts of the country, and if you travel through mountain passes, you are sure to start coming across some of the white stuff as you drive. Here are just a few of the myths and realities surrounding winter tires - all of which illustrate just how important their use is when it comes to road safety:
- Winter tires are only useful in regions with lots of snow: FALSE
- Winter tires outperform other types of tires during all winter conditions, including dry surfaces, once temperatures drop to or below +7 degrees Celsius: TRUE
- Regular tires provide sufficient traction in winter: FALSE
- Winter tires are superior to summer tires and all-season tires in terms of traction, braking, and cornering in all winter conditions: TRUE
- Vehicles with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), All-Wheel Drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive do not need winter tires: FALSE
- In winter driving conditions such features as ABS, ESC, AWD or four-wheel drive provide less protection without the use of winter tires: TRUE
- Two winter tires instead of a complete set of four winter tires is sufficiently safe: FALSE
- Mixing different types of tires can cause a vehicle to fishtail: TRUE
Using winter tires during the cold and snowy winter months increases your likelihood of avoiding a collision. Be sure to get those tires switched before winter conditions take you for a spin. For more information about winter tires, chains, and how to drive in difficult road conditions, please visit WorkSafeBC's Shift Into Winter site.
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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