I was recently told it's the law in the Province of Quebec for vehicles to have winter tires. I wish that was true in Nova Scotia too as I'm certain winter traffic would move better and there would be fewer accidents.I know people complain about the price of winter tires. But really, can you put a price on human life?
What good are snow tires when the person behind the wheel doesn't have the sense to drive carefully and often times is driving too fast for conditions. I really wonder what some people are thinking when they get behind the wheel.
What about adding another answer, like wanting winter tires but unfortunately not able to afford them because of the cost. As one of the comments said yesterday you 'can you put a price on human life'? Well appartenly YES you can because if human life was that more important then receiving an outrages amount of money for safety we'd all be able to have winter tires for the safety of our families and other families. And yes if we cared that much about our families we'd save up through the year but we are not all two parent working families.
I think it's misleading to say tires are "All Season". The term was developed for areas where the variances in temperature and climate are not the same as in northern countries like Canada. Three season tires is probably a more accurate indicator of their effectiveness.There is a lot of proven research to show that the safety of "All Season" tires declines with lower temperatures. As well, "Winter Tires" when worn all year have added wear and challenges when driven in the warmer/hotter seasons. Hence the need for two sets of tires in our Canadian climate.We are not a two income family and have always had winter tires for our vehicle. Saving for them has been a priority for me and there is usually a way to find the money. We don't have things that others do, but don't see that as doing without. I see that as common sense. For example .. basic cable is approximately $60/month. We don't have cable and the three channels we have have sufficient programs to entertain us. ($600 x 12 = Savings of $720/year.) I make lunches and we don't eat out or have take-away often. We buy some things used (great buys on-line) and set limits on spending for gifts (including Christmas). We don't smoke, we go for walks, play board games and are outside often (good to be active and entertained).I know some families have it tougher than others. But, with proper planning it's possible. And, by having winter tires you could actually be saving replacement of all tires and saving money in the long run, not to mention saving lives.
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