December 5, 2006

Half of Canadian drivers prefer proper tires for winter safety

Toronto, Ontario – Half of Canadians surveyed cite winter tires as their “technology of choice” for feeling safe on winter roads, according to a report issued by Michelin. Tires were the overwhelming choice, over four-wheel drive (32 per cent) and anti-lock brakes (18 per cent).

The survey also showed that Ontario drivers need to slow down in poor conditions; 57 per cent surveyed said that fast drivers are their biggest pet peeve, although 23 per cent of those drivers claimed to be guilty of driving too fast on snowy streets themselves.

To stay safe in winter, the Rubber Association of Canada and Transport Canada recommends installing four winter tires with the same tread pattern, and to watch for tire wear, which can reduce road traction.

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