TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - The winter season is here and that white
knuckle drive during a snow storm can make you dread getting behind the
wheel if you and your vehicle aren't prepared.
Basic winter driving tips such as installing winter tires can help keep
you safe on the road. Winter tires can reduce braking distances by up
to two vehicle lengths and improve a driver's chances of steering clear
of a collision.
This year, the Ontario Safety League, the Ontario Hospital Association,
the Canadian Automobile Association (South Central Ontario), the
Ontario Trucking Association, the Rubber Association of Canada and
Canadian Tire have teamed up to encourage the province to introduce
incentives for drivers who equip their vehicles with winter tires. The
Winter Driving Safety Coalition is calling on the Ontario government to
implement winter tire tax credits and support insurance premium
Every year, thousands of Ontarians are involved in preventable winter
weather related crashes.
"Installing four winter tires is the single most important step a driver
can take to improve their safety on the roads in the winter," said
Brian Patterson, President and CEO, Ontario Safety League.
On bad weather days, CAA SCO experiences a spike in emergency roadside
assistance calls. On an average winter day, the auto club responds to
approximately 3,500 roadside calls. During the first snowstorm of this
year the volume more than doubled to 7,500 calls.
"Insurance premium rebates will incent drivers to install winter tires
which will help reduce the number of crashes and improve safety on our
roads," said Nick Parks, President and CEO, CAA South Central Ontario.
"That is why CAA SCO will be applying to the auto insurance regulatory
agency for insurance premium rebates for our customers."
A recent survey of Ontario drivers showed 55 per cent had experienced a
car crash or car troubles due to poor winter driving conditions.
Sixty-four per cent do not have the same level of comfort driving in
winter as during other seasons. Meanwhile, less than 50 per cent of
Ontario drivers use winter tires.
SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario
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