Winter tires are a sensible security funding

September 24, 2022

Winter tires are a sensible security funding

Winter tires are an funding in security — for you, your loved ones and associates, and others sharing the highway. They’re additionally required by legislation on many highways in B.C. as of October 1.

Winter tires present higher traction and stopping efficiency than summer season tires in chilly temperatures and on moist, snowy, and icy roads. Traction often is the distinction between safely driving on winter roads within the East Kootenay and being concerned in a severe crash.

Winter tires or chains are required on many B.C. highways from October 1 to March 31. For choose highways, together with mountain passes and rural routes in excessive snowfall areas, the date extends by way of April 30. Drivers have to obey highway indicators itemizing the necessities. Go to for extra data on the laws.

Authorized winter tires

A winter tire have to be in good situation, with a minimal tread depth of three.5 mm (5/32 inches).

The three-peaked mountain/snowflake and all-season Mud and Snow (M+S) tires each meet the authorized necessities for winter tires in B.C.

Winter tires with a 3-peaked mountain and snowflake image present good winter driving efficiency, particularly in harsh winter circumstances. They outperform Mud and Snow tires at 7C or decrease. Their pure rubber compound helps them keep tender and versatile in colder temperatures.

Chains on summer season tires will not be a suitable substitute on B.C. highways requiring winter tires.

Another suggestions to present you higher traction whereas driving:

All 4 tires have to match in measurement, tread sort, and depth. You want no less than two matching winter tires on the first drive axle, even for a 4X4 car. Utilizing several types of tires compromises stability and will trigger your car to fishtail.

  • Examine tire put on and strain

All the time verify the damage of your winter tires earlier than putting in them. Are they in fine condition and with sufficient tread? Monitor tire strain typically as it could drop in chilly climate.

  • Carry chains or different traction gadgets

Passenger autos could also be required to make use of chains or different traction gadgets with winter tires. Know and comply with the producer’s directions for placing them on correctly.

Shift into Winter is supported by the Winter Driving Security Alliance, which reminds drivers to organize themselves and their car now for altering highway and climate circumstances.

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