Poll finds B.C. drivers confident of snow skills, doubt need for winter tires

Insights West/BCAA survey finds just a third of motorists admit to 'freaking out' when it snows

Most B.C. drivers don't expect to end up like the driver of this flipped vehicle last winter in Abbotsford.

A poll has found only half of B.C. motorists plan to use winter tires even though two-thirds agree that everyone should have them.

The survey by Insights West for the B.C. Automobile Association (BCAA) found 87 per cent rated themselves as a good winter driver, saying they worry about others on the road.

Just 32 per cent of those reached admitted to “freaking out a bit” when they realize they’ll have to drive in the snow,

Of those who don’t plan to use winter tires, 54 per cent said it doesn’t snow enough near them  while 51 per cent believe all-season tires are safe enough to get them through winter.

BCAA spokesman Ken Cousin said that underscores a misperception that winter tires are only for driving in snow.

“In fact, winter tires are the safest option for all winter conditions – whether it’s ice, frost, slush or snow. All of these can make roads dangerous for even the most experienced driver.”

The BCAA winter driving survey also found nearly 30 per cent of B.C. drivers were not taught how to drive in winter conditions.

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