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It’s cold now, officially since the weather station on the mantle has read in the minuses for a few days in a row and I definitely saw an iced-over puddle on my drive to work. The other day, on my drive home, on and off flurries did a number on the roads and the commute turned into a ballet on ice, although ballet denotes a sense of grace that was completely lacking. Traffic slowed to a crawl and the first real snow of the season had the predictable results — fender benders, white-knucklers and the naked exposure of those with summer tires sliding every which way.
Recently Montreal felt my pain:
Montreal, from what I understand, has a snow tire mandate, looks like some of them didn’t get the memo–that or the surface is so slick they need studded tires.
Winter treads on all four corners this year.
I do recommend snow tires if you have any sort of commute or travel in adverse winter conditions. This season I put winter tires on my 4×4–something some folks might scoff at–but I’m also keenly aware that the first ditch-bound vehicles I see every winter seem to be SUVs and 4×4 pickups. While 4-wheel drive is wonderful, it isn’t a complete replacement for proper tires, in my opinion.
Preparedness is often about risk management, or risk reduction, and this is a great way to reduce your risk of having a weather-related incident this winter. Plus, I’m often loaded with precious cargo and as a parent I try not to skimp on safety.
#ProTip: If you do get snow tires, or already have them, be sure to contact your insurance company to see if you are eligible for a discount.