I come from a long line of trailblazing inventors. Much like my great-great-grandfather, who was on the cutting edge of bread knife technology (he was the one who decided a serrated blade would work better), and my great grandfather who was on the cutting edge of saw technology (he too went with a serrated blade), I find myself ahead of the curve in more ways than one. Now, as city hall sits in their opulent ivory tower—or is it a pyramid?—debating whether or not winter tires are mandatory for vehicles in Edmonton, I can sit back and laugh while I drive with perfect traction.
For those who haven’t been paying attention to the news, an Edmonton city committee is currently reviewing a research report they had commissioned earlier in the year, in regards to making winter tires mandatory. For those who haven’t been paying attention to our blog (for shame!), we’ve been big-time proponents of putting winter tires on your vehicle—and the added safety that comes along with it. Don’t believe us? Well in 2008, Quebec passed a law stating that if you’re caught driving without winter tires between December and March, you can be fined up to $300. In three years, Quebec saw 574 fewer people get injured—and that was with about 99% of the population buying in and using winter tires.
A current study shows that about 66% of Albertan drivers use winter tires. This is good, but could be substantially better. A 2017 motor vehicle collision report suggested that 50% of collisions in Edmonton and the surrounding area occur between November and March (coincidentally, when we experience winter). These are pretty sobering numbers, and a lot of accidents could be avoided if that other 34% of the population smartened up and bought some winter tires.
Of course, this type of law would have to be implemented at the provincial level, meaning right now this Edmonton committee is only gathering information to make a proposal. What do you think? Would you feel safer if you knew more people were using winter tires? Find this post on our Facebook page and let your feelings be known!