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Mud + snow tires count as winter tires: Tribunal

September 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s civil resolution tribunal has ruled against a motorist who claims the car he rented did not have proper winter tires because they were marked “mud + snow,” but the motorist is not liable for alleged damage to the

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Should removing winter tires be a priority during pandemic?

April 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As summer approaches in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a key question is whether motorists with winter tires are getting their seasonal tire changes. Keeping winter tires on during the summer increases the risk of aquaplaning because winter tire

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What stops this insurer from measuring effectiveness of winter tires

October 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than half a million Manitoba motorists are taking advantage of a winter tire financing program, but the jury is still out on whether the program has reduced accident frequency or severity. There are about 580,000 registered passenger vehicles in

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You know why the market is hardening – but do your clients?

August 26, 2019 by Adam Malik

Thanks to premium increases, a byproduct of a hardening insurance cycle, insurance professionals are facing an uphill battle in the eye of public opinion. That’s why Justin Thouin, co-founder and CEO at LowestRates.ca, wants to change how the general public

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Winter tire program has kept auto rates in check, insurer reports

October 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is continuing its low-interest Winter Tire Program, which has helped keep provincial auto insurance rates in check, the public insurer said last week. Prior to the introduction of the program four years ago, Manitoba had one

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Why Canada’s railway safety authority is concerned about winter tires on a bus

August 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Figuring out which tires should be used in winter is a risk management challenge for many school bus operators, a federal safety organization warned Wednesday. “If school bus operators do not have access to independent and objective assessments of winter

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Winter tire claims statistics took biggest insurer by surprise

July 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

When Intact started giving discounts on auto insurance to people with winter tires, the result appeared to be counter-intuitive. Motorists insured by Intact who reported having winter tires installed “were having worse loss ratios” than those driving in the winter

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Winter tires cut auto insurance claims frequency: CAA

May 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Winter tires reduce the frequency of auto insurance claims, the head of the Canadian Automobile Association’s Ontario auto insurer suggested Wednesday. “Claims are reduced when people have winter tires on their cars, especially driving in climates like we have in

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Does a winter tire discount get drivers to install winter tires?

December 11, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Ontario’s mandatory auto insurance discount for winter tires has not been in place long enough to figure out whether it reduces insured losses, but one safety expert compares winter tire skeptics to flat-earthers. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO)