ICBC Survey shows more than 70% of drivers on Island utilize winter tires

ICBC Survey shows more than 70% of drivers on Island utilize winter tires
More than 70 per cent of Vancouver Island drivers have winter tires according to the latest ICBC survey.

A new survey released by ICBC shows 71 per cent of drivers on Vancouver Island polled have prepped their vehicle for winter driving conditions by installing winter tires.

The survey was conducted using an ICBC industry panel in which over 1,400 responses were received. ICBC said in a statement that across the province, 80 per cent of those surveyed said they had outfitted their vehicles with winter tires.

With a record-breaking cold snap bringing winter driving conditions throughout the province, ICBC and police are asking drivers to adapt to the changing road conditions.

READ ALSO: More daily weather records fall on Island amid cold snap

Police data based on a five-year annual average from 2018 to 2022 says that crashes due to driving too fast for road conditions increases by 31 per cent in January compared to October.

Other top concerns identified by survey respondents include encountering icy roads (78%), freezing rain (58%) and decreased visibility (35%).

In addition to winter driving conditions, respondents’ concerns also included human factors such as other drivers who don’t drive to conditions (73%), drivers who don’t know how to drive in snow or ice (71%) and inconsiderate or aggressive drivers (46%).

READ ALSO: ‘No one is a perfect driver’: As winter conditions set in, drivers reminded to use caution

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