keltor wrote:You (PenGun) also probably drive winter tires year round, and probably sport studded tires during the winter, plus trucks are allowed chains - and your road designs are different to help cut down on ice sheeting. I've driven pretty much all over and can say that I'm not a big fan of snow anywhere where they get a lot of flooding, because a little bit of snow becomes a gigantic sheet of ice.
As a Canadian who lived in Edmonton, Calgary, and the interior of British Columbia, it was very rare until the last handful of years that people put on winter or snow tires on their cars in the winter.
Chains are illegal except on logging roads, and studded tires are illegal in most provinces except maybe parts of Quebec and Ontario (maybe Manitoba?) and of course the northern provinces closer to the arctic circle.
Cars sold here come with all-season tires. That's it.
I've driven 100 km/hr on the highway in a raging blizzard 1 hour after sunset, which was very stupid of me as I could not see the road - I used the tree line as my guide. I don't think I'll ever do that stunt again. These were on a Honda Accord with no traction control and Toyo Ultra tires. The scariest thing was that a 4x4 truck passed me at 130 km/hr on that same isolated stretch of invisible road! And I thought *I* was the crazy one.
It boggles my mind that people would drive with summer tires in the 1970s with rear-wheel drive behemoths in the winter...with no airbags and wearing no seat belts! It's almost like they were a different species in those days.