Who drives better in winter?

Snow would be welcome for the Winter Olympics at British Columbia's Lower Mainland. Unfortunately a snowstorm could add a lot of stress for drivers with unusually heavy traffic and road closures that are expected in February. Winter driving is a challenge no matter where you live.

Alberta and Saskatchewan get their share of hazardous weather. Though there can be many reports of collisions and upsets most seem to centre around the cities. The national average for winter driving skills is about 88%.

Atlantic drivers are very confident about their winter driving skills. Atlantic Canada comes in about 94% feeling that they are confident and competent with dealing with winter's road hazards.

Collision statistics in Ontario show that St. Thomas has the lowest rate of car crashes. London has the highest rate of car crashes in the Greater Toronto Area.

How is your winter driving? Statistics show us that a male driver is less likely to listen to a weather warning and they are more prone to driving without that seat belt done up.

Statistics show that women are less assured then men when driving in the winter. This is not due to a lack of confidence in their driving skills. It is a concern that the drivers on the roads will not act responsibly and will cause an accident.

Statistics have also shown that people are buying more winter tires with sales being up 40% in 2008 and an additional 17% as of October 2009. In Quebec the use of winter tires is mandatory.

What do you do to improve the safety of your winter drive?