A new survey for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada suggests more drivers in Ontario are using snow tires than ever before.
The poll done by Leger for the Association found that 65 per cent of drivers in the province are now using winter tires.
That represents a nine per cent increase over 2014, when an identical poll found that 56 per cent of drivers said they used winter tires.
According to the survey, most drivers who don’t use winter tires cite the cost as a top reason, along with the belief that all-season tires “are good enough.”
However, General Manager of Hanford’s Tire and Service, Jeremy Hanford, notes using winter tires will save you money in the long run.
“There are some rebates on your insurance if you put winter tires on your vehicle now, so ask your agent about that and find out what the date deadline is and make sure you take advantage of that as well,” said Hanford.
The London region is expecting a significant drop in temperature this weekend, and Hanford is urging drivers to be ready.
“As it gets colder and snow hits the ground, we just have to be smarter, be safer, give more room between cars and stopping and be more aware of your surroundings,” he said. “Obviously being defensive is the number one thing, and having snow tires on just makes you that much more effective and that much safer on the road in the winter.”
The Association said at temperatures at or below 7 degrees Celsius, winter tires provide significantly better traction than all other types. The result is significantly greater control on all cold-weather road surfaces and shorter stopping distances.