Cambridge, Ontario, Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eighty per cent of winter tire owners believe driving a vehicle equipped with winter tires has saved them from loss of control or a collision, according to a new Leger survey commissioned by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) www.tracanada.ca.
LEATHERHEAD, England—Smithers Market Reports has released its “All-Season vs. Winter Tires to 2024: A State of the Art Report,” which looks at the expected evolution of the all-season and winter tire markets for both OE and replacement tires.
Every winter, my brother-in-law teases me for putting winter tires on our two SUVs. He says they’re a cash grab and aren’t necessary with all-wheel drive. He thinks that if winter tires really made a difference, they’d be required by law. – Jamal, Edmonton Winter tires aren’t just for snowflakes. If you live anywhere in Canada with snow and ice, which is almost everywhere, they’re better than all-seasons at keeping you from sliding into the ditch. “Should most Canadians be using winter tires?
Colder temperatures, freezing rain, ice, snow, road salt and potholes are just some of the challenges that can impact drivers getting from point A to point B safely this winter. Tiremaker Pirelli recently kicked off a 44-day campaign, #Below44, designed to educate consumers on why winter tires are critical for anyone who lives in an environment where the temperature regularly drops below 44oF.
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.
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.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. has launched two new winter tires: The iceGUARD iG53 for passenger cars and minivans and iceGUARD G075 for crossovers and SUVs.
Richmond, B.C., September 30, 2019 – The chance of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash in British Columbia increases dramatically in winter. That’s why the Winter Driving Safety Alliance is reminding motorists and employers to plan ahead and drive safely in winter conditions.
On average, each year in B.C., the number of casualty crashes due to driving too fast for the conditions increases to about 236 crashes in December from about 126 in October – an 87 per cent increase (Crashes reported by police 2014 – 2018). For those who drive for work, about a third of all work-related crashes resulting in injury and time-loss claims occur in November, December and January.
To get the drive safely message out, the Alliance is launching its 11th annual Shift into Winter campaign tomorrow. The launch coincides with the law requiring passenger vehicles driving on designated highways in B.C. to have four matched winter tires (three-peaked mountain and snowflake, or mud and snow) with at least 3.5 mm of tread depth starting on October 1, while commercial vehicles must be equipped with chains.
The Shift into Winter campaign includes a website – ShiftintoWinter.ca – that provides information for motorists and employers on how to stay safe on the road this winter, whether they are driving for work or pleasure. To promote the campaign and website resources, the Alliance is running a series of ads in newspapers and magazines, on transit buses and radio, and through social media.
Winter means different things in different parts of the province. From rain and fog in the south, to snow and ice in the north. Winter conditions – such as colder temperatures, rain, snow, black ice, reduced visibility and fewer daylight hours – can present serious hazards for all drivers, professional and otherwise.
The Winter Driving Safety Alliance offers the following tips for motorists:
- Install a set of four matched winter tires.
- Give your vehicle a pre-season maintenance check-up.
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
- Conditions change, so be prepared and plan ahead:
- Check current road and weather conditions on DriveBC.ca – If possible, postpone your plans and avoid driving when road and weather conditions are poor.
- Plan your route ahead of time – Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to arrive and avoid any roads that may become dangerous during bad weather.
- Slow down – The posted speed limit is the maximum speed under ideal driving conditions. If inclement weather hits, slow down and drive with extra care.
- Maintain a safe following distance – Look ahead and keep at least four seconds of distance between you and the vehicle in front.
- Invest in winter driving training – Learn how to brake safely, get out of a skid, and how your car handles in winter weather.
More tips for motorists on how to prepare themselves and their vehicles can be found on ShiftintoWinter.ca.
Yokohama Tires has introduced a new long-haul drive tire, the 712L.
According to Yokohama, the new tire meets the performance criteria required by the long-haul transportation sector for severe snow service. Manufactured at Yokohama’s West Point, Mississippi facility, the four available 712L sizes – 295/75R22.5, 11R22.5, 285/75R24.5 and 11R24.5, display the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on their sidewalls.
We’re only in the first week of September, but Tire Rack wants drivers in northern regions to start thinking about snow tires—so the online retailer is offering up to $80 off a new set of four. The deal runs now through September 23, and there’s a long list of brand-name tires that qualify. Here at Car and Driver, we’re big advocates of swapping summer or all-season tires out for winter rubber. We do so on all of our long-term test vehicles before Michigan’s wintry weather sets in.