Survey: 9 in 10 Distrust Others on Winter Roads

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Dec. 9, 2019—In a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Discount Tire, participants revealed a lack of confidence in their winter-driving skills and distrust of other drivers on the road during the colder season.

The study shows that only 53 percent of respondents plan to get their tires checked by a professional auto repair shop.

When it comes to driving during the winter, nine in 10 Americans don't trust others to stay safe on the road, although only 41 percent are confident in their own winter-driving abilities. And with many roads across the U.S. experiencing icy conditions throughout the winter, 48 percent of drivers even avoid running errands or traveling at all (42 percent) due to weather concerns.

Additionally, Discount Tire and OnePoll found that:

  • 85 percent of respondents check their tire pressure to prep for winter weather.
  • 79 percent knew the temperature outside affects their tire pressure.
  • Only 59 percent of drivers surveyed test their battery to prep their vehicle for winter.
  • Just half of respondents have used winter tires on their vehicles.
  • Only 48 percent were unaware tread depth determines a vehicle's safe stopping distance.

"At 45 degrees and below, all-season tires start to lose traction and grip on the road – that's when we recommend using winter tires," said Tom Williams, senior vice president of customer experience at Discount Tire. "The tread rubber of an all-season tire stiffens in extreme cold and becomes less able to provide sufficient traction, whereas winter tires have softer rubber and thousands of extra traction edges to maintain contact with the road."

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