So you think snow tires are too expensive, what’s your life worth?

Me, Yannick, the girls, we’re all winter tire drivers.  In fact we store two of our cars until they get shipped to California because they don’t have the appropriate tires.  We’re the people who stay home on days when the plows haven’t been out on the roads yet.  Yes I recognize that we have the good fortune of being able to work from home, and that for the most part Murdoch is wrapped before real winter hits the city.  Not everybody has these luxuries, so I understand that some people just absolutely have to be out driving on the roads regardless of the conditions.

To which I say IF you cannot work from home, then for the love of God, and mostly for yourself, put winter tires on your vehicle.  Most places are on the stick about the importance of winter tires.  Quebec mandated it back in 2007, many European countries have done the same.

Why should the government be in the business of winter tires and whether this should be a law or not?  Well first and foremost for every single accident on the road it can cost an exorbitant amount of money in tax dollars cleaning up a large accident, never-mind the medical expenses under our social health care, just to point out a couple of reasons off the top of my head. Also, everybody knows that the rubber composition of a summer tire, or even an all season tire are not adequate to handle the conditions of cold roads.  The road doesn’t even need to have snow on it for an all season to be rendered almost useless, but even when the temperature drops below a certain temperature changes how they respond and handle.  Our winter tires go on first week of November and stay on until last week of March.  Without fail this is our winter tire schedule.  It’s just common sense that rubber will react differently to the road at every temperature, which is why, and this slays me, winter tires should never be used in the summer…the heat of the asphalt wears them down unevenly and prematurely.  Talk about a serious waste of money.

In some European countries, as seen here in this article, if you don’t have them on, and you’re involved in a crash, your insurance becomes null and void.  To which I say AMEN.  Why should I be at risk for injury and damage to my car just because you didn’t want to put snow tires on???  Seriously, you know me, I’m the first person to say the government needs to not be in so much of our business.  But this, the winter tire thing, I’m all for.  I 1000% back it.

Some of you have mentioned that you don’t believe that it would curb accidents because you feel people would start to drive like they’re the kings of the road, pulling more asshole maneuvers, and feeling generally invincible.  Well, according to this article, the stats show that there are not only less accidents, but less fatal ones as well.

Anyway, the likelihood of me changing an anti-snow tire person’s mind with these few articles and the fact that I’m a winter tire fan, how about I just leave this here.  Most people argue against the extra cost for winter tires, to which I only have this to say…

For every financial situation there is always an affordable solution.  Besides I like to think that my life, and the life of anybody else I might injure in an accident, was worth more than $250.00.  I’m just saying, it is something to consider.


  1. Michael and I were just talking about this very thing. I would completely behind having the government (provincial or municipal) mandate the use of appropriate tires for a vehicle. After all, they can pull you over and ticket you for not clearing your windshield, or your lights, and having proper tires has even more impact on your safety and the safety of others. I’m for it. Do the right thing.

  2. We don’t have that requirement here in the Northeastern U.S. We can get away with a good all terrain tire since our temps typically don’t stay at minus Fahrenheit temperatures. We have salt or a brine that is applied to our roads that melt snow and ice in temps 20 degrees Fahrenheit and above. On days that are colder, you’d better have good tires on your car, not worn ones, or you will slide and end up God knows where! Years ago, when tire composition was different, you had to change them to winter/snow tires and there was a timeline you had to follow as well. But as technology changed and tires changed that mandate went away. It definitely doesn’t stop the idiots that think that because they have an All Wheel Drive vehicle, they can drive like the roads are dry. But they are in all countries.
    But for Canada and north of me, it does sound like a great idea. If I lived in any of those places, I would most certainly have a winter set of tires! One’s life is not worth the risk.

  3. Agree one hundred percent with your post. It boggles my mind as to why Ontario does not mandate winter tires.

    And winter tires really do not cost more. You have two sets of tires on your car for half the year. That reduces the amount of wear on each set of tires, extending the life of them. So to me, it all comes out even.

  4. I believe many insurance companies offer a decrease in your premium if you have snow tires on your vehicle. something else for people to think about, check out and consider.

  5. When we lived in northern BC we had to have them on by a specific date.

    My van was so bad with all season tires I wouldn’t drive it in winter. With winter tires I’ve driven it through a snow storm. I wouldn’t be without now.

  6. Yes, the cost can be a deciding factor, but to them I say, how much do you spend at Timmy’s in a week? Do you smoke? Play the lottery? There are always places to cut the budget in the name of safety.

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