Winter Tires in BC

November 16th, 2018 by

Starting on October 1st, drivers will be required to have winter tires on the majority of B.C. highways. Being prepared is important, you don’t want to get caught with all seasons in the snow! Winters in BC are unpredictable, and if you are caught without proper winter tires you could face a fine of $109 and you may be required to turn around, preventing you from reaching your destination.

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 in to Abbotsford Volkswagen and someone will be happy to help you! Make sure that you use the same type of tires (summer, winter, or all season) on all four wheels. This 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 (LOCATION HERE) and we can help you with some storage options.

Winter tires may seem like 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 about winter tires to find out the right fit for you based on where you live, your needs and your budget.

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