The New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) encourages drivers to choose winter tires over all-seasons.
Often wrongly billed as “good enough” to withstand varying winter driving conditions, all-season tires simply are not built to perform under the more extreme elements.
A 2016 Ipsos survey revealed that three in 10 Canadians do not install winter tires on their vehicles during the winter months (two in 10 in Atlantic Canada). While younger drivers are more likely to install winter tires, only 72 per cent of those aged 35-54 and 65 per cent of those over the age of 55 install them.
The benefits of using winter tires are clear. They help reduce braking distance on cold, wet, and ice and snow-covered roads by up to 25 per cent by staying flexible in cold temperatures and ensuring excellent grip and braking on wet roads. According to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, the latest generations of winter tires maintain their elasticity even at extremely low temperatures approaching -30°C and below, providing superior traction and grip.