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Old 01-01-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
Garandman
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Default Snow tire requirement in Quebec: what has been the impact?

I believe it was December 15th that Quebec has required all cars to have winter tires.

What has been the real-world result? Folks in New England are highly variable in terms of what they use for winter tires, from all seasons to studded snows and everything in-between. I'm curious if it has made driving safer and more efficient.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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Did a quick search, found this on a news website:

"According to the ministry, in the first two years of the law, winter accidents were down 18 per cent."

Obviously winter tires make a huge difference compared to 'all seasons' with the cold temps and amount of snow we have up here, but it still doesn't take much to be slipping and sliding. The first snowfall really wakes you up as to how much traction you don't have, even with softer rubber and more agressive tread.
This is the 3rd winter that the law has been in force, but prior to this most people i know were using winter tires anyway. If that perception is actually reality for the general populus, then 18% is a huge improvement. I know a few few people that kept their all seasons on year round (prior to the law), the main excuse i heard was that they never left the city

The other 'real world result'? Tire dealers are very happy
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