There’s always debate in Saskatchewan on the efficacy of winter tires, but John Eisworth is a believer.
The 30-year driving instructor runs a winter driving course in Ontario called Max Performance, which was bought up by Bridgestone Tire a few years ago.
He says the rubber that makes up a winter tire is important .
“As the temperatures drop, the rubber remains flexible, and that’s very important for traction. (In) the all-season tire, the rubber gets hard,” meaning they don’t grip on the pavement as well. No driver can count on tires alone. If you lose control during winter, Eisworth recommends slowing down, remaining calm, and looking where you want to go.
“The (driver) looks at stuff you don’t want to hit, and that pretty much guarantees you’re going to hit it.”
SGI endorses winter tires, but aren’t considering making them mandatory for Saskatchewan vehicles.
“Just because it would result in a significant cost to many customers,” explains Rebecca Schulz, manager of media relations with SGI. She warns that drivers shouldn’t let winter tires give them a false sense of security, and that safe driving is the most important thing to remember in winter.