As someone who lives in the Sharbot Lake, ON area in the summer, I can give a hearty +1 to hamburger's assessment of the roads up there
When they repave rural roads up there, they just patch holes and resurface them with an oil byproduct slurry and crushed stone. Very environmentally friendly, but not that durable or tractive. Every year when I go up there I think, "they have to have repaved Princess street by now... but they never do
I'm in a similar quandry down here. I just moved to Austin TX from Los Angeles. I grew up in PA, spent three years in Evansville IN, and lots of time in all 50 states and 6 provinces. Having just moved to TX, the roads are what I call slimy. They look like normal hot mix asphalt, but they are just slimy. I have Toyo Proxes T1R tires on my car that stick like glue in every other state, but it's darn near dangerous getting on the interstate down here. Its frustrating that not only can I not use the power I have, I have to treat driving like its wet out all the time. My wife is laughing at the fact that her old Mercedes diesel can break the tires loose on this stuff.
Anyone else notice TX roads are slimy?
My point is, the road surfaces between geographic regions is so widely different that its tough to educate everyone about it. 90% of drivers on the road have a car because they have to and its a transportation method. They don't care about traction, handling, or anything else. They learned enough to be legal to drive and they drive their 4-cylinder Camry. On an automotive forum, there are more enthusiasts who DO care.