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post Jan 30 2004, 02:33 AM
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I saw on the news this morning that the province of Quebec (Canada) is thinking about making it mandatory to have winter tires installed on your car for winter driving (for all cars registered in that province).

I think it's a great idea. All-season tires are a compromise .... they really don't do anything well.

Thoughts ? Opinions ?
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post Jan 30 2004, 02:36 AM
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post Jan 30 2004, 06:15 AM
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While I'm sure their intentions are good, not everyone can afford a new set of tires. Do they allow tire chains there? Those are cheap and effective but I think they damage the roads.

Isn't Quebec the same region that wanted to seperate from Canada while screaming about their rich French heritage?
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post Jan 30 2004, 07:15 AM
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Sounds like a good idea to me. Chains and Studded tires are not legal in Canada as far as I know. Other countries like Sweden already have laws making winter tires mandatory for winter driving.

I would like to see every province in Canada make a winter driving test mandatory for getting a drivers license. If you take your license in the summer it's no wonder people drive like complete morons when the snow comes.

Yes, Quebec is the one who thinks of themselves as a 'distinct society' and had a referendum to seperate from Canada.
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post Jan 30 2004, 07:35 AM
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I think the US should do that for states that get high snow volumes each year, too. I just saw a kid running around town with summer tires on his Prelude. I have enough problems with All-seasons. I can't even imagine what anyone would even think about driving in this weather with summer tires on.
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post Jan 30 2004, 10:41 AM
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Thats a very good idea.
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post Jan 30 2004, 10:43 AM
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I hate anything with the word mandatory in front of it and this is no exception.
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post Jan 30 2004, 10:49 AM
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THat's probably just a tax grab they don't care about safety. You pay an extra percent (7,14?) in most provinces on tires for "environmental tax" in canada.
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post Jan 30 2004, 10:53 AM
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The recommendation actually came from a coroner's report looking into winter accidents.
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post Jan 30 2004, 12:09 PM
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Isn't this already the case in europe?
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post Jan 30 2004, 12:16 PM
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Only Sweden and Finland have mandatory winter tires.
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post Jan 30 2004, 01:42 PM
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it could cut down on some accidents, the problem is though it may just be like ABS, people will think they are safer and will therefore drive more recklessly in bad conditions
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post Jan 30 2004, 04:31 PM
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Well, of course the idea of using winter tires in winter is a good idea. But this enters the realm of politics, and asking people if they think making laws out of common sense is a good idea, or a waste of time. I can imagine people who feel that they want to be safe when driving, and so they like the law, but also people who just feel that there shouldn't be so many laws, and therefore are against it.
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