Transport Canada reminds Canadians of the importance of using four winter tires



    OTTAWA, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Transport Canada encourages motorists to
think about road safety and to view a new demonstration video showcasing the
benefits of using four winter tires of the same type, size, speed rating and
load index.

    
    The video provides visual comparisons of:
    - stopping distances between vehicles equipped with four "all-season"
      tires and with four winter tires;
    - stopping distances between vehicles equipped with two winter tires and
      with four winter tires;
    - cornering performance between vehicles equipped with four "all-season"
      tires and with four winter tires;
    - cornering performance between vehicles equipped with two winter tires
      and with four winter tires.
    

    While each province regulates tire usage, Transport Canada recommends
that motorists install four winter tires on their vehicles during the winter
season. These tires will assist drivers in controlling their vehicles safely
in slippery conditions.
    "Viewers will clearly see the differences in performance, and the
commentary reinforces the importance of winter tires during the colder
season," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities. "I urge all Canadians to look for the mountain
snowflake symbol when purchasing winter tires. The symbol indicates that the
manufacturer attests the tires are designed specifically for use in winter
conditions."
    Through Road Safety Vision 2010, Canada's national road safety plan, the
Government of Canada's vision is to have the safest roads in the world. The
plan targets a 30 per cent decrease in the average number of road users killed
or seriously injured by 2010.
    Transport Canada provided the technical expertise, personnel and
equipment for the production of the video, and the Automobile Protection
Association provided funding. Only similar vehicles were paired in order to
ensure a fair comparison. Each segment of the video features all-wheel drive,
rear wheel drive and front-wheel drive vehicles.

    To view the video, visit www.betiresmart.ca/video/apa.asp.

    For further information about winter tire safety, visit
    www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/tires/wintertires/menu.htm.

    For more information on Road Safety Vision 2010, visit
    www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/vision/menu.htm.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is
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