Winter tires necessary on many B.C. highways beginning Saturday

B.C.’s annual winter tire guidelines kick in on Saturday, which implies drivers could possibly be fined if they do not have winter tires in good situation on most of the province’s highways.

The principles are in place yearly from Oct. 1 to March 31, whereas some highways can have the foundations prolonged till April 30 as a result of early-spring snowfall, in keeping with the province.

The annual requirement covers:

  • All highways within the North;
  • All highways within the Inside;
  • Sections of some highways on the South Coast, together with the Sea to Sky Freeway;
  • Sections of some highways on Vancouver Island, together with the Malahat and Highways 4, 14 and 28.

Vehicles and heavy automobiles — over 11.7 tons — travelling on these routes may even have to hold tire chains.

A full map of the highways that require winter tires could be discovered on the Transportation Ministry’s web site. The routes which can have the foundations prolonged into April can be clearly marked, in keeping with the ministry, and embody mountain passes.

If drivers are caught with out winter tires in good situation, they could possibly be fined $121 and turned away from their route.

Search for the snowflake or ‘M+S’

Winter tires — typically referred to as alpine or snow tires — are marked with an emblem of a snowflake inside a three-peaked mountain positioned on the sidewall of the tire.

Mud and snow tires, marked with an ‘M+S’ image, additionally qualify as winter tires, although the Ministry of Transportation notes they’re much less efficient than devoted alpine snow tires.

“M+S tires are a secure choice for those who solely encounter winter situations on a restricted foundation and are ready to drive with added care and warning if winter situations are encountered,” reads the ICBC web site.

“If you happen to reside or journey in an space the place you’ll usually and often count on snow, ice and slush, we suggest utilizing 4 matched winter tires that carry the mountain/snowflake image.”

The ministry requires winter tires to have tread at the very least 3.5 millimetres deep. It requires at the very least two matching winter tires on the car’s drive axle, however recommends an identical set on all wheels.

Extra details about the requirement, and different winter driving ideas, could be discovered on the ministry web site.

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