fleetdigest December 2016
The 2016 December issue of fleetdigest is now available online. You can flip through it here, but first, a few words from the Associate Publisher of fleetdigest, Jack Kazmierski.
A Wise Investment
If your fleet isn’t investing in winter tires, count the real cost.
As a journalist I have the privilege, and pleasure, of test driving a lot of different vehicles.
About a year ago, when picking up a vehicle from a certain manufacturer, I noticed that it was not equipped with winter tires. Instead, it was equipped with allseasons. When I asked why, the answer I got surprised me. Basically, this particular manufacturer did not want to go to the expense of buying and installing four winter tires on a vehicle in a part of Canada (Toronto) where “winter isn’t that bad, after all.”
Full disclosure: I’m a big fan of winter tires. Not just for the parts of Canada that see lots of snow, but for anywhere in the world where the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius for a few months at a time, and where ice and snow are even a remote possibility.
The truth about winter tires
The truth is, winter tires work. They give you the extra traction you need in the winter (snow or no snow) to stop in as short a distance as possible and to negotiate turns with the maximum possible grip.
So let me ask you, do you believe winter tires are worth the investment, or do you allow your fleet to get by with all-seasons, regardless of the season?
If it’s the latter, I strongly urge you to take a closer look at the benefits of winter tires. Do a bit of research, and you’ll see that those of us who are strong proponents of winter tires are right. This is not a conspiracy to try to get you to spend money on tires. It’s a plea to make our roads, and your drivers, as safe as possible this winter season.
Let’s do the math
When others ask me if winter tires are worth the money, I do the math for them: Let’s assume a good set of winter tires sets you back a thousand dollars. If those tires prevent you from getting into even a single accident this winter, how much will that save you on insurance? What’s your deductible? How much higher will your insurance premium be if you’re at fault?
And if the accident is bad enough, how much time and money will you lose if you’re in the hospital for a week, a month, or more? And fleet managers, how much might it cost your company to compensate a driver who is seriously injured and needs rehab or, worse, becomes disabled?
Suddenly that set of tires doesn’t sound like a cost anymore, does it? If anything it’s an investment, and a wise one at that.