Winter Tires In BC
Winter Tires in BC
Is it that time of the year already? Summer was extremely mild and cool this year compared to past summers which may shed some light on what winter has in store for us here in BC. Starting on October 1st, drivers will be required to have winter tires on many B.C. highways. Winters in BC are unpredictable, and if you are caught without proper winter tires you could face a fine of $121 and you may be required to turn around, preventing you from reaching your destination. Snow is already falling on many BC highways so if you have any holiday trips planned this fall or winter, you may want to prepare now for some snowy conditions!
Winter tire regulations are from October 1st- March 30th, but they have been extended to April in certain B.C. mountain passes in past years.
There are two types of approved winter tires:
Mountain and Snow Tires (3 peaked mountain and snowflake symbol)
-used in an area where you expect regular snow, ice, and slush.
-these winter tires offer better traction in harsh winter conditions.
Mud and Snow Tires (M&S symbol and at least 3.5 mm of tread)
-these tires are a good option only if you have winter conditions on a limited basis.
Having proper winter tires is a decision that could save your life as well as others. If you do get into an accident and you don’t have winter tires, not having them may affect whether or how much you may be at fault.
Be sure to keep an eye on the tread-wear indicators on your winter tires. If you have any questions or just aren’t sure about how much life is left on your winter tires, come into Abbotsford Volkswagen and someone will be happy to help you! Using the same type of tires (summer, winter, or all-season) on all four wheels is an important factor in your safety. They will keep you safer in the snowy weather, and the tires will be more efficient and will do their job properly.
Keeping your tires inflated to the correct pressure is one of the most important parts of tire care. Check your tires when they are cold, the temperature will affect your tire pressure as it will drop in colder weather.
Don’t leave your tires outside in the elements, store them indoors so they will last longer, providing you with more value out of your investment. If you store them still mounted, reduce the tire pressure to 15 PSI and re-inflate when you’re ready to use them again. Wondering where you can store your tires? Contact us at Abbotsford Volkswagen and we can help!
Winter tires may seem expensive, but they are crucial in keeping you and others safe while on the roads in the winter. Talk to a tire specialist at Abbotsford Volkswagen. We can help you find the winter tires you need, for an amazing price!