Canada’s National Road Safety Week Takes Place the Week of May 12-18

While commuter traffic as a whole is reduced worldwide as a result of COVID-19 mitigation efforts, roadways in Canada continue to be an important part of day-to-day life for a wide variety of people including essential workers getting to and from work, delivery services and emergency responders and vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists.

This year’s National Road Safety Week is May 12-18 and the Canada Safety Council wants to remind you that driving requires an absolute focus on safety behind the wheel.

“Driving a vehicle and taking safety precautions go hand in hand,” said Gareth Jones, President and CEO of the Canada Safety Council. “A safe driver should be able to avoid a collision in most scenarios, and that begins with a safety-first perspective and a vigilance on road safety that comes with the privilege of driving.”

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Tire Safety Week postponed due to coronavirus

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WASHINGTON—A nationwide tire safety campaign is being delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association expects to reschedule its 2020 National Tire Safety Week soon.

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Welcome to Be Tire Smart’s Winter Tire Cost Calculator

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According to our 2019 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study, 17 per cent of drivers who do not use winter tires cited cost as the main reason they don’t use them. We decided to challenge this perception and created Winter Tire Cost Calculator that will demonstrate that the cost of winter tires can be quite modest in the long run.

Our Winter Tire Cost Calculator will compare the cost of equipping your vehicle with a single set of tires against options of adding a second set of dedicated winter tires (either with or without extra rims or wheels) to your winter driving routine.

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Hankook Tire Survey Finds Driver Etiquette Declined This Decade

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Nashville, TN – A lot can change in 10 years, and our roads are no exception. In its latest Gauge Index survey, Hankook Tire found that, despite a decade of automotive innovation, one element of driving still leaves something to be desired – drivers’ attitudes.

 

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Cooper Tire helps young drivers prepare for safe winter driving

Cooper Tire’s Tread Wisely Program, is offering tips to help young drivers stay safe on the road this winter.

“Winter weather can require extra attention and quick response when driving, and the cold temperatures can also impact tire care,” said Bill Geaman, Cooper’s Manager of Consumer Relations. “Outside temperatures can impact tire pressure by one pound per square inch (psi) for every 10-degree drop in temperature.

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Drivers Refuse to Put Down Their Phones. People Keep Dying.

In New York state, it’s been illegal for drivers to talk on a hand-held phone for almost 20 years; texting at the wheel was banned a decade ago. Across the U.S., many states have distracted-driving laws in place. Yet federal studies estimate over 3,000 people a year die from distracted driving, and safety experts believe the actual number is far higher.

 

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Want to save money on auto insurance? Buy winter tires, say experts

If you drive in winter, there’s a lot riding on your tires. With the wrong rubber on cold, wet, snowy or icy roads, you’re not only risking life and limb, you’re playing with financial fire, say automotive experts. …

Michael Majernik, communications manager for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), agrees all-weathers, introduced a decade ago, may be a good compromise “for year-round usage with a winter edge.” But a set of four dedicated winter tires is the safest and best performer in the season’s worst weather, the experts agree.

 

 

 

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Winter tires mandatory on most B.C. highways starting Tuesday

British Columbians travelling most of the province’s highways will need to have winter tires equipped, starting Tuesday.

Motorists driving on those highways without the correct tires risk a possible fine of $109 and could be turned back from their destination.

Approved winter tires in B.C. either have the M+S (mud and snow) or three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol. Winter tires must also have at least 3.5 millimetres of tread.

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Cooper Tire Tread Wisely Program Offers Tips for National Preparedness Month

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Cooper Tire’s Tread Wisely program is encouraging young drivers to always have an emergency kit available before taking to the road during National Preparedness Month, which lasts for the month of September.

The Tread Wisely program offers a series of how-to videos, including a video that provides step-by-step instructions for packing a car emergency kit, on the Tread Wisely app and at www.treadwisely.org. The top 10 items to include in a car emergency kit are:

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NHTSA says critics wrong about its lack of toughness

The nation’s top vehicle safety watchdog lacks expertise to properly assess defects and must rely too much on car companies, safety advocates say. They contend that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reluctant to order recalls when it will face a legal fight because of its small staff and tight budget, and complain about the number of officials whose next job after NHTSA is in the auto industry. But those were the “old days,” the agency’s boss told the Free Press last week.

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