Tests by CAA-Quebec: Beware winter tires in summer!

    QUEBEC, May 13 /CNW Telbec/ - With the return of warm weather, CAA-Quebec
is warning drivers about the risk of using winter tires during the hotter
summer months, from June to August. These tires could compromise their safety
and that of other road users.

    It's been proven!

    "Tests conducted by CAA-Quebec last summer show beyond any doubt that
all-season tires are safer than winter tires in warm weather," said Sophie
Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's Senior Director, Public and Government Relations. "In
these tests, we observed that braking distances in emergencies could increase
by up to 30% with winter tires. Moreover, for evasive action to be successful,
speeds had to be much lower than for the same manoeuvres with all-season
tires. The test car was less stable with winter tires."

    A question of money?

    CAA-Quebec fears that the introduction last fall of new rules making the
use of winter tires mandatory is tempting a growing number of motorists to
keep their winter tires on in the hope of saving money. However, not removing
winter tires in the summer might increase fuel consumption, and there is no
doubt that they wear out more quickly in warm weather, reducing the
anticipated savings.

    Assessment and awareness

    CAA-Quebec holds the view that an assessment of the new regulation is
indispensable, and is urging the Quebec Transport Department to implement
awareness actions to reduce to a minimum the risks caused by the use of tires
that are inadequate for road conditions at certain times of year.
    A summary of the tests conducted by CAA-Quebec may be found in the
Automobile section of
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    CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services, benefits and
privileges to its one million members.

For further information:

For further information: Montréal: Brigitte Roussy, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3381, broussy@caaquebec.com; Québec: Philippe St-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, ext.
2418, pstpierre@caaquebec.com

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