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.

Just Posted

SLIDESHOW: Blue River cross-country ski races – part one

More photos of ski races plus awards ceremony to come

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

RCMP continue investigation into missing Sun Peaks man

Ryan Shtuka disappeared after leaving the village of Sun Peaks on Feb. 17

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

BC BUDGET: NDP cracks down on speculators, hidden ownership

Foreign buyers’ tax extended to Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Vancouver Island

VIDEO: B.C. superfans soak in 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

Trio, including two from the Okanagan, have been cheering on Summerland Olympian Kripps among others in Korea

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. businesses say new health tax will raise prices for consumers

Province announced that MSP will be gone by 2020

Barnful of ducks die in early morning blaze

The cause of the fire is unknown

B.C. family says care home switched mom’s cat with robot cat

Staff alleged to have said they were taking cat for bath, then replaced her with robotic stuffed toy

B.C. speculation tax applies to out-of-province homeowners

Albertans with Okanagan, Island properties hit, Kootenays could come later

Northern B.C. short 121 registered nurses: report

Auditor General says officials need to improve internal management, track effect of new policies

WATCH: Vancouver Island family builds eight-foot igloo in yard

Sunday snowfall on the mid-Island leads to all-day family activity

Three new judges appointed to B.C. Supreme Court

Two spots filled in Vancouver, one in New Westminster

Most Read