Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth Ottawa Accident Lawyer..Wishing everyone out there a great and safe long weekend. Please drive, swim, bike, ride and boat safely ! According to Department of Transport Road Accident Statistics, the number of car accidents caused by weather and snow covered roads increase in winter by 267 percent. Obviously we can’t control the weather conditions but we can reduce car accident statistics considerably by replacing the tires according to the weather conditions.
Car tires and car accidents
Many Ontario residents and those who live in colder areas, change their car tires prior to start of winter season and again in spring or summer. This is done for the sake of safety as the experienced car drivers know that the ambient temperature is directly related with their tires performance. The research also indicates that ambient temperatures below 7 degrees celcius potentially trigger hazardous driving conditions. Insurance companies statistics also support this view stating that the increase in car accident damage insurance claims increases drastically with the onset of colder weather. This is why it is extremely important to ensure you have tires that are in good condition. Test rides have proved that whenever temperatures go below 7ºC, tire rubber become hard and that results in less road grip. Fitting cold weather tires to our vehicles before winter season is the best solution to drive safely, even during the winter, rainy or snowing season, when temperatures are likely to go down below 7C. Cold weather tires provide better mileage while normal tires reduce the mileage up to 20 %. Cold weather tires contain more rubber that minimizes the hardening effect and gives extra grip in wet, cold or icy conditions. As a result, we get shorter breaking distances. Although it may be a hassle, spending a few minutes for tires replacement at the change of weather twice a year for the sake of safety is not only justified, it is essential. Even after adapting this practice, don’t forget to continually check the tires condition and pressure regularly.