Four good winter tires: a must, according to CAA-Quebec

    QUEBEC, Nov. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Given the unpredictability of Quebec
winters, it is better to go with the best when choosing tires. At this time of
the year when thousands of motorists are shopping around for tires that will
enhance their safety during the winter, CAA-Quebec reminds them that four
winter tires are essential.

    Supporting evidence!

    Tests conducted in cold weather on a subcompact car by the Quebec
Transport Ministry in collaboration with CAA-Quebec and the Centre de
recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) have shown that, at 50 kilometres an
hour, winter tires reduce braking distance by 23%, or 11.5 metres, compared
with all-season tires. That represents a little over two vehicle lengths.
"This can make all the difference in an emergency situation," notes Sophie
Gagnon, Director, Public and Government Relations, CAA-Quebec.

    Finding the right information is important

    Motorists should give serious consideration to purchasing winter tires,
because they provide better stability for a braking vehicle and help it come
to a full stop over a shorter distance, and also because they help the vehicle
maintain its trajectory when turning. "Particularly in this busy period, it is
better to make an appointment and to ask all your questions of the specialist
you consult," Ms. Gagnon suggests. "To be able to give a customer good advice,
the expert must be well informed about the driver's winter travelling habits
and needs."

    Worth knowing

    CAA-Quebec suggests motorists pay particular attention to the following:

    - Remember the ideal formula: four good winter tires. Forget the
      combination of two all-season tires and two winter tires.
    - At the beginning of the winter season, the minimal thickness of the
      tread of any winter tire should be at least 6/32 of an inch-otherwise,
      it is time to change your tires.
    - Choose a tire with a speed rating that is as close as possible to that
      of the vehicle's original tire.
    - Choose a tire that suits your winter driving habits and conditions. For
      example, studded tires, authorized between October 15 and May 1, are
      generally recommended for drivers who deal more often with extreme ice
      or snow conditions, particularly in mountainous regions.
    - Check tire pressure regularly-ideally once a month-when the tires are
      cold, i.e. after the vehicle has been immobile for some time. In fact,
      it is important to know that tire pressure drops one pound per square
      inch for each 6 C drop in temperature compared to the temperature
      at which the tire was inflated. Use the pressure recommended by the
      vehicle manufacturer.
    - Consult (the Automotive section) to learn more.

    CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services, benefits and
privileges to its approximately 920,000 members.

For further information:

For further information: Montreal: Claudia Martin, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3210,; Quebec: Philippe Saint-Pierre, (418)
624-2424, ext. 2418,

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