Stating the painfully obvious, Canada and therefore Canadian roads, get cold and snowy but despite this, every winter too few motorists aside from those in the province of Quebec, have their vehicles decked out with winter tires. But why?
We’re often told driving is a privilege, not a right. Several jurisdictions already tell us what we can and cannot do behind the wheel, be it anti-idling bylaws or hands-free cellphone laws, and we’re told ad nauseum that safety trumps all.
But, if that’s the case, why the hesitation to implement mandatory winter tire laws in all provinces as opposed to just in Quebec?
When you think about it, a mandatory winter tire law makes far more sense than a mandatory seatbelt law since the consequences of going into a skid on an icy road due to inappropriate rubber could end up harming someone other than yourself.
Part of the blame goes to tire manufacturers for coming up with the worst descriptor ever coined — “all season” tires. Unless you live in a place like Florida, those “all-season” tires are really only “three-season” tires.
It’s hard to argue against such legislation given that it makes so much sense to have winter tires from a safety, performance and even economic angle so where the heck is the Nanny State when you really need her?