Winter tires in BC

November 22nd, 2018 by

 

Check your tires! Are you ready for the winter season? Starting on October 1st, drivers will be required to have winter tires on the majority of B.C. highways. Winter weather in BC can be very unpredictable, keep yourself and others safe by getting the proper winter tires. If you don’t 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.

If you get into an accident and you don’t have winter tires required, not having them may affect whether or how much you may be at fault. Please be winter ready. Get those tires on your vehicle before the weather changes and you are stuck or unable to get where you need to go.

Look for the Snowflake and Mountain logo and/or Mud and SnowBe sure to keep an eye on the tread-wear indicators on your winter tires. If you are unsure of the tread that is left on your tires, we are here to help at Maple Ridge Volkswagen! 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 and is often overlooked. 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. If you don’t have the room to store your tires, contact us at Maple Ridge Volkswagen and we can provide you with some options.

Winter tires are pricey, but there are many options available to you depending on where you live and the winter weather there. Talk to a tire specialist at Maple Ridge Volkswagen about winter tires to find out the right fit for you based on where you live, your needs and your budget. Stay safe out there this winter!

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