CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

November 30, 2009 09:37 ET

Don't Let Safety Slip: CAA North & East Ontario Urges Motorists to Install Winter Tires

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2009) - With flurries flying and temperatures dropping, , it's time to face the facts: winter is almost here and so are the treacherous driving conditions that come with it. CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) would like to remind all motorists to stay safe this winter by having four winter tires installed on their vehicle.

"Although winter tires give vehicles added traction throughout the winter months, motorists should still be mindful that they must adjust their driving habits according to the weather conditions," said Korey Kennedy, Manager of Public & Government Affairs for CAA North & East Ontario.

As the weather turns colder, the rubber in all season tires stiffens, reducing traction and control. However, winter tires are made to maintain elasticity in temperatures as low as -40 degrees C, thus providing superior traction and handling. Additionally, deeper tire treads allow for greater control in snow, ice or slush. As of December 15th, all passenger vehicles registered in the province of Quebec must be equipped with four winter tires. Although winter tires are not yet legally required for Ontario motorists, Transport Canada strongly recommends that all motorists install winter tires in order to stay safe in cold and slippery conditions.

It is a common misconception that installing only two winter tires on the front or rear of a vehicle will provide all the additional traction needed for driving in cold and icy conditions. This assumption is false; installing four winter tires is the only way to ensure optimal steering and control throughout the winter months. In simplified terms, if the rear of a vehicle loses traction taking a tight turn, the car will go off the road backwards. If the front of a vehicle loses traction in a similar situation, the car will go off the road forwards. CAA North & East Ontario urges all motorists to install four winter tires on their vehicle this winter, in order to avoid collisions and protect the safety of all road users.

For over 100 years, the Canadian Automobile Association has provided Travel, Emergency Road Services, Insurance, and Advocacy for its Members. CAA North & East Ontario continues to be the leading membership organization by recognizing and promoting its heritage and integrity in the community, while maximizing Members' value.

Contact Information

  • CAA North & East Ontario
    Ciara Cronin
    Communications Specialist
    613-721-3252
    Cell: 613-290-3648
    ccronin@caaneo.ca