An Alberta Motor Association survey shows drivers have more confidence in their own ability to handle winter roads. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Drivers have little confidence in other drivers in the winter

Alberta Motor Association releases survey results

A new survey shows motorists have much more confidence in their own winter driving ability than other drivers’ capabilities.

The Alberta Motor Association survey found only 19 per cent of motorists felt confident in other people’s winter driving, while 92 per cent were confident in their own performance.

Gurvinder Multani, owner of Red Deer Driving School, said the more experienced the driver, the more incidents are likely to happen, because they start to become overconfident.

He always tells his students to “underestimate yourself and underestimate your vehicle.”

Drivers should always be aware of road conditions beneath their tires and should plan two lights ahead, he said.

“They should anticipate all the moves, and all the stops,” Multani said.

Related:

Icy roads create morning mayhem for drivers

More residential snow plowing urged in Red Deer

The AMA survey showed that men and women rated other drivers 3.6 and 3.3 respectively on a seven-point scale.

When it came to their own winter driving, men rated themselves 6.3, compared to women, who rated themselves 5.6.

Carl Fakeley, owner of D2L Driver Education Ltd. in Red Deer, said people like to complain about other drivers, but for the most part, people recognize difficult and dangerous situations, so their confidence is well deserved.

“The overwhelming majority of people are doing quite well. We’d have far more collisions and fender benders if they weren’t,” Fakeley said.

He said there will always be some people doing unsafe things, or having lapses of concentration. But if everyone else is doing what they should, they will be able to compensate for others who are not, by slowing down or making room.

“None of us are perfect. None of us are robots and we can all end up doing something silly on the road from time to time.”

The AMA recommends installing winter tires, which provide better traction on snow and ice, reduce stopping distance and sharpen directional control. About 67 per cent of drivers use winter tires.

Fakeley, who supported the use of winter tires, said some people with front-wheel drive vehicles only put winter tires on the back to save money.

“It might help with accelerating. The problem is when you have to break. That’s where you can very easily be put into a skid. It’s important to have the same tread, the same grip, and same traction on all four tires.”



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

red deer city

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

River Bend could get an extension to repay an often deferred $1.7 million loan

Council gives initial approval to defer repayments until 2022

Pre-COVID oil prices not anticipated until late 2022

Conference Board of Canada’s releases latest economic outlook forecast

Statistics Canada says economy grew 3.0 per cent in July

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says real gross domestic product grew by three… Continue reading

Over 2,000 volunteers needed for 2020 Festival of Trees

The annual event this year shifted to Bower Place from Westerner Park

No resolution in Walmart shooter’s bid to avoid trial

The shooter, Chase Freed returns to court on Oct. 14

Leduc Man still missing, RCMP concerned for his well being

31-year-old Ryan Mcleod has been missing since Sept. 10, 2020.

Sylvan Lake family says they are ‘blessed’ to have found their home in Central Alberta

Onsy and Rosemary Tawadrous immigrated to Canada in 2011 and made their home in Sylvan Lake

Tractor fire east of Ponoka doused

Flames extinguished with foam additive

Wetaskiwin restaurant asks City for help with excessive property damage caused by continuous loiterers

Employees say that they are scared for themselves and their customers.

Quebec’s second wave driven by community transmission, muddled messaging, expert says

MONTREAL — Quebecers following the COVID-19 news in recent days may be… Continue reading

Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

WASHINGTON — After more than a year of circling each other, Republican… Continue reading

Most Read