RESOURCE - Winter Tires: A Review of Research on Effectiveness and Use
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) reports that using winter tires during the winter months can increase the likelihood of avoiding a costly collision. The challenge researchers discovered was getting drivers to use winter tires. The report looks at existing Canadian and international research on the efficacy of winter tires and their potential effects. The study, sponsored by the Winter Driving Safety Coalition, also explored the public’s perceptions and use of winter tires.
The advantages of using winter tires are not understood by many drivers. The study reviewed a number of public opinion polls and among non-winter tire users the extra cost of buying winter tires was a key factor for their decision. This was followed by the belief that all-season and summer tires were sufficient for winter driving in their region, and that their vehicle’s safety features negated the need for winter tires. Researchers say that this is not the case.