Are all-weather tires a safe substitute for dedicated winter tires?

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Q. I am an employee safety representative in the Atlantic provinces. My company runs a fleet that covers multiple provinces including Quebec. Because, by law, vehicles in Quebec have to be fitted with winter tires from December 1 to March 15, the company has been using the Goodyear Wrangler Dura Trac, which has the mountain-and-snowflake symbol that identifies it as a winter tire. However many drivers have complained to me that the DuraTracs are not great in 90% of their winter driving (slush, ice, hard-packed snow). Do you know if any of the other all-weather tires are any better?

–C.M.

A. Fleet buyers, who are overwhelmingly driven by cost and downtime, can be an easy sell when it comes to all-weather tires, which are designated for year-round use in winter climates. The savings from reducing their outlay for a second set of four tires, not having to install them in spring and fall each year, as well as not having to deal with tire storage, is difficult for a fleet administrator to pass up.

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