Do I really need those winter tires? Y
ou’re returning home from Sunday errands. As you drive over a familiar overpass, a car up ahead hits black ice and spins out, forcing you and five other cars to instantly react. If you could freeze this moment and choose whether or not to have winter tires on your vehicle, the decision would be easy. Unfortunately, outside of that moment, the deci- sion to purchase winter tires is clouded by myths and misleading tires names. Let’s cut through the clutter so you can make the most important decision in pre- paring your vehicle for Winnipeg winter driving. Winter driving myth #1: All-Season and all- weather tires are for all conditions. These tires are designed to use all year, but they’re
also a year-round compromise. They offer less grip than winter tires in the winter and less performance than summer tires in the summer. The two factors to consider are “rubber compound” and “tread design”. The rubber and tread in summer and all-season tires are designed for fuel efficiency and longevity. Once the temperature falls below seven degrees, the rub- ber hardens and makes it more difficult to stop. Many people refer to this as “The Hockey Puck” effect. The rubber in winter tires is designed to stay soft and grip the road in the cold. The tread is designed to clear the slush and snow that can get between you and the road. All-weather tires have rubber and tread that is closer to winter tires than all-seasons, but they still fall short of even the most cost-effective tires designed specifically for Winter. Winter driving myth #2: My all wheel drive ve- hicle is good enough. Many people are convinced that their SUV or cross-
over, with four driving wheels instead of two, is al- ready equipped for winter driving. All wheel drive will
improve traction when you accelerate. That’s it. You should still get winter tires to improve your braking and cornering. Not many winter accidents are avoided with improved acceleration.
Winter driving myth #3: Winter tires are an added expense.
When you consider long-term vehicle maintenance, the expense of winter tires will be partially offset by the money you save by not using your summer or all-season tires for as much as six months of the year. Plus, taking them off and on will automatically remind you to rotate them annually which is proven to ex- tend product life. That still leaves you with the upfront
cost but, fortunately, Manitoba Public Insurance of- fers low-interest financing. You can get a winter tire installation now and choose monthly payments that become very manageable when amortized over four years.
Now let’s go back to that icy overpass. Whether
you bet on breaking or decide to navigate through the danger, winter tires will provide you with your best chance to avoid paying for expensive repairs or even the ultimate price. We both know that you won’t be given a tire choice at that moment, so decide now to make the right call and get winter tires. Jim Brousseau is the owner of Super Tire Express.
I would love to marry my best friend but he has no idea L
ifestyles 55 is pleased to welcome Lianne Tregobov and her monthly column about re- lationship issues. We invite you
to submit your questions to Lianne and learn what advice she has for you. All submissions are confidential. Look for your answers in her column. • • •
Dear Lianne: For the last few years, I have hung
around with a guy. We have both dat- ed others and have always been really good friends. I have come to realize that I am in love with him. He would make the best husband and father. I didn’t understand my true feelings un- til I felt jealous when he was dating his last girlfriend. They have since broken up and I need guidance on how to ap- proach this situation. I don’t want to jeopardize our friendship but I would like our friendship to move
to the next level. It is so strange but I would love to marry my best friend. It just feels so right but also so odd that it took me so long to under- stand my true feelings. What would be the best way to deal with this? Oh, I must add that we were intimate once upon a time when we both had too much to drink. I then kind of pushed him away and reverted back to our buddy status. Please offer me some guidance on this situation. Rose-Marie
Lianne Tregobov Ask The
Dear Rose-Marie: I think it is wonderful that you have fallen in love with your best friend pro- viding he feels the same way. You likely have matured during your friendship
and understand what is truly important in a partner. There are a few ways you can approach this. You
E-Wills and the law T
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could cut this article out, show it to him and wait for a reaction. Or you could simply ask to talk with him and share your feelings. Either way your relation- ship is going to change. Your relationship will either evolve into a partnership or it may sizzle somewhat until both of you deal with your feelings and decide where your relationship is going. He may have been hurt when you rejected him once upon a time and is unaware of your change of heart. Love means tak- ing chances and the only way I see this progressing is if you take the chance and let him know how you are feeling. Please do let us know how this unfolds. Good luck Rose-Marie, we look forward to hearing from you.
sues surrounding electronic wills. Can a will exist solely in computer memory? A mere collection of electronic impulses is very different than a will in legal form with formal requirements concerning witnessing and execution. An electronic will has, in fact, been admitted to probate in Quebec. The
an electronic will could be admitted to probate in Manitoba would in- volve a determination of whether a computer hard drive or a diskette is “a document or any writing on a document” as set out in section 23 of The Wills Act of Manitoba. It appears that the United States is moving towards an Electronic Wills Act. The draft
by The Uniform Law Commission, re- quires execution of the will by the testa- tor, plus the usual two witnesses, all in the same document. The proposed statute doesn’t indicate how this is to be done.
It is clear that the E-
Will must be in writing, even in electronic form. A video or audio recording is not enough. The draft Uniform Act provides for self-proof
of Raymond Oakes electronic
wills. This is done by the testator and the witnesses making affidavits at the time of execution that can be used to avoid a court
hearing at the time of probate. In Canada, The Uniform Law Con-
ference (UGCS) has decided to hold off work on electronic wills. The Manitoba Law Reform Commission has recom-
mended that the Manitoba legislation not permit E-Wills. In their view, the reliability of a will that exists solely in electronic form must be highly suspect, as manipulation of computer data is easy to effect and even more difficult to defect, than video or film. Despite these issues, however, the law will eventually have to catch up to and address our digital society and we look forward to following along on such challenges in the future. Now if some- one could assist me on the management of numerous dusty storage boxes of wills and other important legal docu- ments.... Raymond Oakes practises real estate, wills and estates, corporate commercial law and succession planning (including businesses and cottages in Manitoba and Ontario).
He is located at 387 Broadway, Winni-
peg, Manitoba (NW corner of Broadway and Edmonton).
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