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(PRLEAP.COM) May 26, 2017 - Auto insurance expert and quote provider, ShopInsuranceCanada.ca , has recently spoken to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), one of the members of the Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving (CCDD). The CCDD developed National Action Plan , which comprises 15 components that seek to enhance knowledge and education around distracted driving, while also promoting ways to decrease the number of motorists operating a vehicle while distracted.Distracted driving is one of the most troubling issues in Canadian motoring. Rising trends in drivers operating a vehicle while distracted have sent alarm bells ringing through government, insurance companies, industry groups, and experts.25 per cent of all deaths on Canadian roads in 2013 were caused by distracted driving. This shows the problem is real and that it is becoming an issue for every Canadian. The CCDD created the National Action Plan to help stem growing rates of collisions caused by distractions, by developing the most concise review on how governments and organizations can manage the problem.The plan focuses on four priority areas: education and prevention, enforcement, data and research, and technology and industry.To develop the plan, the CCDD considered the numerous causes of distracted driving and how drivers can be engaged to avoid driving while distracted. Among the topics researched were: driver behaviour, penalties, enforcement, education campaigns, devices and in-vehicle technologies, emergency medical care, auto insurance, the transportation industry and automated vehicles.Distracted driving deaths have surpassed impaired driving deaths in some Canadian jurisdictions according to the latest fatality data. Nationally, distraction was a factor in an estimated 25 per cent of drivers killed in fatal crashes in 2013. This troubling trend has made distracted driving a top road safety priority for governments and organizations across the country. While a wide range of initiatives have been pursued by concerned stakeholders to tackle this pressing problem, there is an urgent need for a coordinated and comprehensive blueprint to effectively address it. To help fill this gap, the Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving (CCDD) was formed to develop a National Action Plan, which was published on March 2, 2017. The Plan contains 15 action items organized according to four priority areas: education and prevention, enforcement, data and research, and technology and industry. It was designed to inspire and engage agencies concerned about distracted driving and provide them with tools to help reverse this trend.The 2nd annual meeting of the CCDD took place last week; exploration of the potential of creating a standard, uniform definition of distracted driving for data collection purposes was one of the topics on the agenda. One of the challenges associated with creating the definition is that road safety is a provincial responsibility, and there are variations in provincial legislation which have important implications for definitions. At the meeting, we explored what common ground with regard to definitions already exists, and what opportunities are available to further increase consistency so that data can be more easily compared.Insurance companies have an important role to play in educating drivers about the risks, as well as improving strategies to help manage distracted drivers. The Co-operators, a partner in the CCDD, along with Manitoba Public Insurance and Saskatchewan Government Insurance and others, is taking the lead on creating an insurance industry initiative to examine current practices and consider ways that companies can work cooperatively to manage distracted drivers.Distracted driving a is a complex issue that requires a combination of legislation, enforcement, education and awareness to change driver behaviours. The use of punishment is one of many tools that can deter some drivers; however, not all drivers are motivated by punishment to change their behaviour. To illustrate, while police agencies have utilized both overt and covert enforcement tactics to detect drivers, both tactics have similarly resulted in large numbers of citations that resulted in penalties. Anecdotal reports from police have suggested that drivers perceive distracted driving citations as the "cost of doing business," and while some drivers have switched to hands-free devices, and others may use their phone less often, it is estimated that more drivers have aimed to merely avoid detection by holding their phone out of sight. So, in conjunction with punishment, a range of other strategies to motivate behaviour change are needed. TIRF released a road safety campaign tool kit which includes a fact sheet on how research can help drive effective road safety campaigns geared towards changing driver. You can find this fact sheet on our website:Increasing penalties, fines and demerits alone will not solve this problem. It's part of the solution, but it's not the entire solution. Changing behaviour is one of the hardest things to do, so, a massive coordinated education campaign is going to be critical to achieve the necessary level of awareness about the risks and real consequences of distracted driving. In other words, it will be equally important to change social norms such that distracted driving is unacceptable.I think we're not keeping pace. The technology is advancing much more quickly than we can study it and evaluate it and test it for its effects in terms of distraction. The crash risk associated with hands-free texting while driving is not as well understood because in-car voice to-text technology is relatively new, and few studies investigating this specific issue have been completed to date. What is known, however, supports the contention that hands-free texting while driving poses significant distraction, and consequently, unacceptable crash risk. One of the more recent studies on this issue published in June 2016 by the University of Sussex in the Transportation Research journal revealed that using hands-free technology while driving is just as distracting as using a handheld device.Information on the University of Sussex study is available here:The Traffic Injury Research Foundation conducted a public opinion survey about autonomous vehicles in May 2016 with the results released in September 2016. The results of this poll demonstrated that the limitations of automated vehicle technology are not well-understood by the public. Almost 1 in 6 Canadians believed that they would not have to be attentive when driving a semi-automated vehicle, and that they would not have to be prepared to take control of it unexpectedly. Equally concerning, at least some drivers reported they would be more willing to take risks when using a semi-automated vehicle. Almost 25% of drivers reported they would drive tired or fatigued, and 17% would engage in a non-driving activity such as texting, reading or working more than they do now. And, 10% and 9% of drivers respectively indicated that they would be more willing to sleep or nap behind the wheel, or drink and drive. These findings underscored that drivers are not aware of their continued role in the safety equation as these vehicles become available. Such misperceptions have real potential to negatively affect driver behaviour and result in either unintentional misuse or abuse of technologies that are able to assist drivers, but not replace them.The full report is available here: http://tirf.ca/TIRFCAD16J The executive summary is available here: http://tirf.ca/TIRFCAD16K How drivers say they will use self-driving vehicles infographic is available here: http://tirf.ca/TIRFCAD16K1 The other gaps are more specific to individual sectors and industries and will require more tailored approaches. For example, there is a need to tailor company safety policies that are industry-specific, there are a wide range of data collection issues in transportation and health sectors which must be addressed, there is a need for targeted education campaigns that are specific to young children and reflective of their developmental capabilities, in addition to a number of research questions that require attention.Shop Insurance Canada is a Toronto based company that specializes in delivering the best auto insurance products to customers around Ontario and Canada. The online quoting tool uses an engine that is easy to use and accurate enough to deliver the best auto insurance quotes from over 25 of Canada's leading providers. Shop Insurance Canada also offers expert advice on the auto insurance industry, as well as guides and news to help customers find the best deal possible.Shop Insurance Canada works hard to bring all the latest insurance news to customers. We believe that understanding the industry starts with knowing what is happening day to day. Our customers and readers are hugely important to us, and we want them to get the best deals by being involved in the industry. If you have any interesting insurance topics or stories, let us know and we will be happy to consider it and write it up.Perhaps you have a funny story about your premium evaluations, or maybe a genuine worry about the state of insurance in Canada. Shop Insurance Canada wants your voice and story to be heard, so get in touch with us via our official contact page 210 - 141 Adelaide St. WToronto, OntarioM5H 3L5Canada(905) 266-0533


Vanlaar W.G.M.,Traffic Injury Research Foundation | Mainegra Hing M.,Traffic Injury Research Foundation | Robertson R.D.,Traffic Injury Research Foundation
Accident Analysis and Prevention | Year: 2017

Alcohol ignition interlock programs for offenders aim to reduce recidivism among convicted drink drivers. This study presents an evaluation of Nova Scotia's interlock program implemented in 2008 in order to assess its effectiveness to reduce impaired driving and to help identify areas for improvement. Data used include conviction and crash records of individual participants; provincial monthly counts of alcohol-related charges, convictions and fatal and serious crashes; and interlock logged events. Methods used include descriptive statistics, survival analysis, time series and logistic regression analysis. With respect to specific deterrence (i.e., preventing recidivism) there was a 90% reduction in recidivism among voluntary participants since participation in the interlock program and a 79% reduction after these participants exited from the program. With respect to general deterrence (i.e., referring to a preventative effect on the entire population of drivers in Nova Scotia) there were temporary decreases in the numbers of alcohol-related charges (13.32%) and convictions (9.93%) and a small significant decrease in the number of fatal and serious injury alcohol-related crashes, following the implementation of the program. The evidence suggests the interlock program was better at preventing harm due to alcohol-impaired driving than the alternative of not using the interlock program. Recommendations were formulated supporting the continuation of the interlock program in Nova Scotia. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd


News Article | November 16, 2016
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Winter tires proven to be far superior to all-season and all-weather options for winter driving CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 16, 2016) - Fountain Tire, one of Canada's leading tire and automotive service providers wants to ensure that every Canadian is educated about the benefits of winter tires to take on the predicted harsh winter. In an effort to do so, the Fountain Tire team is pleased to share key safety information and findings regarding the use of winter tires from The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and The Canadian Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). "We understand that it is easy to be confused about the differences between winter tires, all-weather tires and all-season tires," says Bryce Heron, Fountain Tire. "The team at Fountain Tire believes in having the right tire for your location and terrain so that drivers can have peace of mind navigating through blizzards, black ice and whatever conditions stand between them and their destination this winter. If you are driving out to the mountains or even just in the city, winter tires are a must for personal safety with the unpredictable weather conditions prevalent in the Calgary area." According to a report by TIRF, newer generations of winter tires make use of a flexible rubber compound that is less prone to stiffen in cold temperatures and have treads designed to improve traction on any road surface, whether it be wet, slushy, snowy, icy or dry and cold. In fact, winter tires have better overall traction at -40 degrees Celsius than all-season tires do at +4 degrees Celsius - an important function for consumers to note when making decisions about how to equip their vehicles for winter driving. The same study found that alternating the use of winter and summer tires instead of using all-season tires year-round can offer long-term cost-saving benefits for drivers. Winter tires have been proven to both increase the likelihood of avoiding costly collisions and improve fuel economy, with a resulted reduction of 5 per cent in fuel consumption over the course of a year due to better traction. One element of the study also found that the universal use of winter tires resulted in a 5 per cent decrease in accident victims and 574 fewer road accident injuries per year, proving once again that while winter tires can be cost-savers, they are also key to personal safety as well. Fountain Tire is committed to providing Canadians with the safest tires for winter driving. In an effort to encourage Canadians to learn about the benefits of winter tires and choose the safest option available, Fountain Tire is offering discounts on sets of four winter tires, through until December 10, 2016. The City of Calgary is reminding drivers to take into consideration these winter driving tips when hitting the roads as the snow begins to fly: "The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals wants to remind Canadians that tires play a crucial role in the vehicle's overall safety," said Jennifer Kroeker-Hall, President of CARSP. "We strongly recommend the use of winter tires rather than all season tires, and that they be used on all four wheels, since all wheels interact with the ice and snow." Fountain Tire recently gave consumers the chance to try the three different tire types and created a video of the experience to help educate Canadians. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8ve05N3P39c. For more information about Fountain Tire's winter tire promotion, visit https://www.fountaintire.com/promotions/winter. Established in 1956, Fountain Tire is one of Canada's premier tire and automotive service retail networks with 161 locations spanning Central and Western Canada from Vaughan, north of Toronto to Victoria, British Columbia. The company is also a leading provider of tires and tire-related services to commercial truck fleets and off-road vehicles used in the agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and construction sectors. The majority of Fountain Tire managers own equity in their store. This partnership-based business model combines community invested store management with corporate intelligence to provide customers with service they can trust. The company's shared ownership business model has enabled it to be named among Canada's "Best Managed Companies" every year since 1994.


News Article | November 15, 2016
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RED DEER, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 15, 2016) - Fountain Tire, one of Canada's leading tire and automotive service providers wants to ensure that every Canadian is educated about the benefits of winter tires to take on the predicted harsh winter. In an effort to do so, the Fountain Tire team is pleased to share key safety information and findings regarding the use of winter tires from the City of Red Deer Emergency Services, The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and The Canadian Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). "We understand that it is easy to be confused about the differences between winter tires, all-weather tires and all-season tires," says Randy Van Parys, Fountain Tire. "The team at Fountain Tire wants every Canadian to know the facts about their winter tire options so they have peace of mind navigating through blizzards, black ice and whatever conditions stand between them and their destination this winter." The team at Fountain Tire believes in having the right tire for your location and terrain so that drivers can have peace of mind navigating through blizzards, black ice and whatever conditions stand between them and their destination this winter. If you are commuting on the highway or even simply travelling within the city, winter tires are a must for personal safety with the constantly changing winter weather conditions in the Red Deer area." According to a report by TIRF, newer generations of winter tires make use of a flexible rubber compound that is less prone to stiffen in cold temperatures and have treads designed to improve traction on any road surface, whether it be wet, slushy, snowy, icy or dry and cold. In fact, winter tires have better overall traction at -40 degrees Celsius than all-season tires do at +4 degrees Celsius - an important function for consumers to note when making decisions about how to equip their vehicles for winter driving. The same study found that alternating the use of winter and summer tires instead of using all-season tires year-round can offer long-term cost-saving benefits for drivers. Winter tires have been proven to both increase the likelihood of avoiding costly collisions and improve fuel economy, with a resulted reduction of 5 per cent in fuel consumption over the course of a year due to better traction. One element of the study also found that the universal use of winter tires resulted in a 5 per cent decrease in accident victims and 574 fewer road accident injuries per year, proving once again that while winter tires can be cost-savers, they are also key to personal safety as well. Fountain Tire is committed to providing Canadians with the safest tires for winter driving. In an effort to encourage Canadians to learn about the benefits of winter tires and choose the safest option available, Fountain Tire is offering discounts on sets of four winter tires, through until December 10, 2016. "Red Deer Emergency Services would like to remind residents that winter driving conditions are once again upon us," says Shane Dussault, Fire Prevention Officer, Red Deer Emergency Services. "We would like to remind residents to make sure their vehicles are in suitable condition for winter driving. By preparing your vehicle for winter with proper maintenance and winter tires, you can help make it a safer winter for everyone. Remember to adjust your driving to the road conditions to reduce the likelihood of a collision, which can result in devastating injuries." "The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals wants to remind Canadians that tires play a crucial role in the vehicle's overall safety," said Jennifer Kroeker-Hall, President of CARSP. "We strongly recommend the use of winter tires rather than all season tires, and that they be used on all four wheels, since all wheels interact with the ice and snow." Fountain Tire recently gave consumers the chance to try the three different tire types and created a video of the experience to help educate Canadians. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8ve05N3P39c. For more information about Fountain Tire's winter tire promotion, visit https://www.fountaintire.com/promotions/winter. Established in 1956, Fountain Tire is one of Canada's premier tire and automotive service retail networks with 161 locations spanning Central and Western Canada from Vaughan, north of Toronto to Victoria, British Columbia. The company is also a leading provider of tires and tire-related services to commercial truck fleets and off-road vehicles used in the agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and construction sectors. The majority of Fountain Tire managers own equity in their store. This partnership-based business model combines community invested store management with corporate intelligence to provide customers with service they can trust. The company's shared ownership business model has enabled it to be named among Canada's "Best Managed Companies" every year since 1994.


News Article | November 15, 2016
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Winter tires proven to be far superior to all-season and all-weather options for winter driving EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 15, 2016) - Fountain Tire, one of Canada's leading tire and automotive service providers wants to ensure that every Canadian is educated about the benefits of winter tires to take on the predicted harsh winter. In an effort to do so, the Fountain Tire team is pleased to share key safety information and findings regarding the use of winter tires from Edmonton Fire Services, The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and The Canadian Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). "We understand that it is easy to be confused about the differences between winter tires, all-weather tires and all-season tires," says Jim Bailey, Fountain Tire. "The team at Fountain Tire believes in having the right tire for your location and terrain so that drivers can have peace of mind navigating through blizzards, black ice and whatever conditions stand between them and their destination this winter. If you are driving on the highway, or event just in the city, winter tires are a must for personal safety with the cold, snowy weather and ice-prone road conditions prevalent in the Edmonton area." According to a report by TIRF, newer generations of winter tires make use of a flexible rubber compound that is less prone to stiffen in cold temperatures and have treads designed to improve traction on any road surface, whether it be wet, slushy, snowy, icy or dry and cold. In fact, winter tires have better overall traction at -40 degrees Celsius than all-season tires do at +4 degrees Celsius - an important function for consumers to note when making decisions about how to equip their vehicles for winter driving. The same study found that alternating the use of winter and summer tires instead of using all-season tires year round can offer long-term cost-saving benefits for drivers. Winter tires have been proven to both increase the likelihood of avoiding costly collisions and improve fuel economy, with a resulted reduction of 5 per cent in fuel consumption over the course of a year due to better traction. One element of the study also found that the universal use of winter tires resulted in a 5 per cent decrease in accident victims and 574 fewer road accident injuries per year, proving once again that while winter tires can be cost-savers, they are also key to personal safety as well. Fountain Tire is committed to providing Canadians with the safest tires for winter driving. In an effort to encourage Canadians to learn about the benefits of winter tires and choose the safest option available, Fountain Tire is offering discounts on sets of four winter tires, through until December 10, 2016. "Our crews respond to motor vehicle collisions on a daily basis and can attest to the negative effects of the deteriorated winter road conditions," says Edmonton Fire Chief Ken Block. "Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is asking citizens to help us protect the life, property and environment of Edmonton during the winter months by driving defensively, reducing speed, and equipping their vehicles with winter tires." "The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals wants to remind Canadians that tires play a crucial role in the vehicle's overall safety," says Jennifer Kroeker-Hall, President of CARSP. "We strongly recommend the use of winter tires rather than all season tires, and that they be used on all four wheels, since all wheels interact with the ice and snow." Fountain Tire recently gave consumers the chance to try the three different tire types and created a video of the experience to help educate Canadians. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8ve05N3P39c. For more information about Fountain Tire's winter tire promotion, visit https://www.fountaintire.com/promotions/winter. Established in 1956, Fountain Tire is one of Canada's premier tire and automotive service retail networks with 161 locations spanning Central and Western Canada from Vaughan, north of Toronto to Victoria, British Columbia. The company is also a leading provider of tires and tire-related services to commercial truck fleets and off-road vehicles used in the agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and construction sectors. The majority of Fountain Tire managers own equity in their store. This partnership-based business model combines community invested store management with corporate intelligence to provide customers with service they can trust. The company's shared ownership business model has enabled it to be named among Canada's "Best Managed Companies" every year since 1994.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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Winter tires proven to be far superior to all-season and all-weather options for winter driving WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Nov. 16, 2016) - Fountain Tire, one of Canada's leading tire and automotive service providers wants to ensure that every Canadian is educated about the benefits of winter tires to take on the predicted harsh winter. In an effort to do so, the Fountain Tire team is pleased to share key safety information and findings regarding the use of winter tires from The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and The Canadian Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). "We understand that it is easy to be confused about the differences between winter tires, all-weather tires and all-season tires," says Jose Ferreira, Fountain Tire. "The team at Fountain Tire believes in having the right tire for your location and terrain so that drivers can have peace of mind navigating through blizzards, black ice and whatever conditions stand between them and their destination this winter. As temperatures begin to drop below freezing and the snow hits the road, winter tires are a must for personal safety with the harsh winter driving conditions the Canadian prairies are known for." According to a report by TIRF, newer generations of winter tires make use of a flexible rubber compound that is less prone to stiffen in cold temperatures and have treads designed to improve traction on any road surface, whether it be wet, slushy, snowy, icy or dry and cold. In fact, winter tires have better overall traction at -40 degrees Celsius than all-season tires do at +4 degrees Celsius -- an important function for consumers to note when making decisions about how to equip their vehicles for winter driving. The same study found that alternating the use of winter and summer tires instead of using all-season tires year-round can offer long-term cost-saving benefits for drivers. Winter tires have been proven to both increase the likelihood of avoiding costly collisions and improve fuel economy, with a resulted reduction of 5 per cent in fuel consumption over the course of a year due to better traction. One element of the study also found that the universal use of winter tires resulted in a 5 per cent decrease in accident victims and 574 fewer road accident injuries per year, proving once again that while winter tires can be cost-savers, they are also key to personal safety as well. Fountain Tire is committed to providing Canadians with the safest tires for winter driving. In an effort to encourage Canadians to learn about the benefits of winter tires and choose the safest option available, Fountain Tire is offering discounts on sets of four winter tires, through until December 10, 2016. "The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals wants to remind Canadians that tires play a crucial role in the vehicle's overall safety," said Jennifer Kroeker-Hall, President of CARSP. "We strongly recommend the use of winter tires rather than all season tires, and that they be used on all four wheels, since all wheels interact with the ice and snow." Fountain Tire is a participating retailer in the Manitoba low-interest Winter Tire Program, which assists Manitobans in equipping their vehicles with snow tires in preparation for winter. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of winter collisions and focus on safer winter driving. The program strongly encourages Manitoba drivers to prepare their vehicles for the arrival of harsher weather. The program provides loans of up to 48 months at prime plus two per cent up to $2,000 per vehicle for drivers seeking to safely equip their vehicles with winter tires. Customers interested in participating in the program are encouraged to visit Manitoba Public Insurance's website at mpi.mb.ca for more information on program rules. Fountain Tire recently gave consumers the chance to try the three different tire types and created a video of the experience to help educate Canadians. The video can be viewed here: vimeo.com/187866318. For more information about Fountain Tire's winter tire promotion, visit https://www.fountaintire.com/promotions/winter. Established in 1956, Fountain Tire is one of Canada's premier tire and automotive service retail networks with 161 locations spanning Central and Western Canada from Vaughan, north of Toronto to Victoria, British Columbia. The company is also a leading provider of tires and tire-related services to commercial truck fleets and off-road vehicles used in the agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and construction sectors. The majority of Fountain Tire managers own equity in their store. This partnership-based business model combines community invested store management with corporate intelligence to provide customers with service they can trust. The company's shared ownership business model has enabled it to be named among Canada's "Best Managed Companies" every year since 1994.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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Winter tires proven to be far superior to all-season and all-weather options for winter driving REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Nov. 16, 2016) - Fountain Tire, one of Canada's leading tire and automotive service providers wants to ensure that every Canadian is educated about the benefits of winter tires to take on the predicted harsh winter. In an effort to do so, the Fountain Tire team is pleased to share key safety information and findings regarding the use of winter tires from The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and The Canadian Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). "We understand that it is easy to be confused about the differences between winter tires, all-weather tires and all-season tires," says James Bliss, Fountain Tire. "The team at Fountain Tire believes in having the right tire for your location and terrain so that drivers can have peace of mind navigating through blizzards, black ice and whatever conditions stand between them and their destination this winter. As temperatures begin to drop below freezing and the snow hits the road, winter tires are a must for personal safety with the harsh winter driving conditions the Canadian prairies are known for." According to a report by TIRF, newer generations of winter tires make use of a flexible rubber compound that is less prone to stiffen in cold temperatures and have treads designed to improve traction on any road surface, whether it be wet, slushy, snowy, icy or dry and cold. In fact, winter tires have better overall traction at -40 degrees Celsius than all-season tires do at +4 degrees Celsius - an important function for consumers to note when making decisions about how to equip their vehicles for winter driving. The same study found that alternating the use of winter and summer tires instead of using all-season tires year-round can offer long-term cost-saving benefits for drivers. Winter tires have been proven to both increase the likelihood of avoiding costly collisions and improve fuel economy, with a resulted reduction of 5 per cent in fuel consumption over the course of a year due to better traction. One element of the study also found that the universal use of winter tires resulted in a 5 per cent decrease in accident victims and 574 fewer road accident injuries per year, proving once again that while winter tires can be cost-savers, they are also key to personal safety as well. Fountain Tire is committed to providing Canadians with the safest tires for winter driving. In an effort to encourage Canadians to learn about the benefits of winter tires and choose the safest option available, Fountain Tire is offering discounts on sets of four winter tires, through until December 10, 2016. "The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals wants to remind Canadians that tires play a crucial role in the vehicle's overall safety," said Jennifer Kroeker-Hall, President of CARSP. "We strongly recommend the use of winter tires rather than all season tires, and that they be used on all four wheels, since all wheels interact with the ice and snow." Fountain Tire recently gave consumers the chance to try the three different tire types and created a video of the experience to help educate Canadians. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8ve05N3P39c. For more information about Fountain Tire's winter tire promotion, visit https://www.fountaintire.com/promotions/winter. Established in 1956, Fountain Tire is one of Canada's premier tire and automotive service retail networks with 161 locations spanning Central and Western Canada from Vaughan, north of Toronto to Victoria, British Columbia. The company is also a leading provider of tires and tire-related services to commercial truck fleets and off-road vehicles used in the agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and construction sectors. The majority of Fountain Tire managers own equity in their store. This partnership-based business model combines community invested store management with corporate intelligence to provide customers with service they can trust. The company's shared ownership business model has enabled it to be named among Canada's "Best Managed Companies" every year since 1994.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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Winter tires proven to be far superior to all-season and all-weather options for winter driving VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 16, 2016) - Fountain Tire, one of Canada's leading tire and automotive service providers wants to ensure that every Canadian is educated about the benefits of winter tires to take on the predicted harsh winter. In an effort to do so, the Fountain Tire team is pleased to share key safety information and findings regarding the use of winter tires from The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and The Canadian Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). "We understand that it is easy to be confused about the differences between winter tires, all-weather tires and all-season tires," says Wally Smith, Fountain Tire. "The team at Fountain Tire believes in having the right tire for your market and terrain, so that drivers can have peace of mind navigating whatever conditions stand between them and their destination this winter. If you are driving into the mountains consider a winter tire, if you are staying in the Vancouver area, an all-weather tire might be best for you." According to a report by TIRF, newer generations of winter tires make use of a flexible rubber compound that is less prone to stiffen in cold temperatures and have treads designed to improve traction on any road surface, whether it be wet, slushy, snowy, icy or dry and cold. In fact, winter tires have better overall traction at -40 degrees Celsius than all-season tires do at +4 degrees Celsius -- an important function for consumers to note when making decisions about how to equip their vehicles for winter driving. The same study found that alternating the use of winter and summer tires instead of using all-season tires year-round can offer long-term cost-saving benefits for drivers. Winter tires have been proven to both increase the likelihood of avoiding costly collisions and improve fuel economy, with a resulted reduction of 5 per cent in fuel consumption over the course of a year due to better traction. One element of the study also found that the universal use of winter tires resulted in a 5 per cent decrease in accident victims and 574 fewer road accident injuries per year, proving once again that while winter tires can be cost-savers, they are also key to personal safety as well. Fountain Tire is committed to providing Canadians with the safest tires for winter driving. In an effort to encourage Canadians to learn about the benefits of winter tires and choose the safest option available, Fountain Tire is offering discounts on sets of four winter or all-weather tires, through until December 10, 2016. Earlier this fall, B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure reminded drivers to take into consideration safe winter driving habits before hitting the roads this winter. To view these tips, please visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/traveller-information/seasonal/winter-driving. "The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals wants to remind Canadians that tires play a crucial role in the vehicle's overall safety," said Jennifer Kroeker-Hall, President of CARSP. "We strongly recommend the use of winter tires rather than all season tires, and that they be used on all four wheels, since all wheels interact with the ice and snow." Fountain Tire recently gave consumers the chance to try the three different tire types and created a video of the experience to help educate Canadians. The video can be viewed here: vimeo.com/187866318. For more information about Fountain Tire's winter tire promotion, visit https://www.fountaintire.com/promotions/winter. Established in 1956, Fountain Tire is one of Canada's premier tire and automotive service retail networks with 161 locations spanning Central and Western Canada from Vaughan, north of Toronto to Victoria, British Columbia. The company is also a leading provider of tires and tire-related services to commercial truck fleets and off-road vehicles used in the agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and construction sectors. The majority of Fountain Tire managers own equity in their store. This partnership-based business model combines community invested store management with corporate intelligence to provide customers with service they can trust. The company's shared ownership business model has enabled it to be named among Canada's "Best Managed Companies" every year since 1994.


Vanlaar W.,Traffic Injury Research Foundation | Robertson R.,Traffic Injury Research Foundation | Marcoux K.,Traffic Injury Research Foundation
Accident Analysis and Prevention | Year: 2014

The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of Winnipeg's photo enforcement safety program on speeding, i.e., "speed on green", and red-light running behavior at intersections as well as on crashes resulting from these behaviors. ARIMA time series analyses regarding crashes related to red-light running (right-angle crashes and rear-end crashes) and crashes related to speeding (injury crashes and property damage only crashes) occurring at intersections were conducted using monthly crash counts from 1994 to 2008. A quasi-experimental intersection camera experiment was also conducted using roadside data on speeding and red-light running behavior at intersections. These data were analyzed using logistic regression analysis. The time series analyses showed that for crashes related to red-light running, there had been a 46% decrease in right-angle crashes at camera intersections, but that there had also been an initial 42% increase in rear-end crashes. For crashes related to speeding, analyses revealed that the installation of cameras was not associated with increases or decreases in crashes. Results of the intersection camera experiment show that there were significantly fewer red light running violations at intersections after installation of cameras and that photo enforcement had a protective effect on speeding behavior at intersections. However, the data also suggest photo enforcement may be less effective in preventing serious speeding violations at intersections. Overall, Winnipeg's photo enforcement safety program had a positive net effect on traffic safety. Results from both the ARIMA time series and the quasi-experimental design corroborate one another. However, the protective effect of photo enforcement is not equally pronounced across different conditions so further monitoring is required to improve the delivery of this measure. Results from this study as well as limitations are discussed. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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ITASCA, Ill., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a report released today, the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) outlined a blueprint for all states to reduce teen driver car crashes, the leading cause of death for that age group. The...

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