Winter Tires In BC
Winter Tires in BC
It’s that time of the year again, winter is coming, and it seems to be coming earlier than in previous years. There is already snow falling on many of BC’s highways. Starting on October 1st, BC drivers will be required to have winter tires on many B.C. highways such as the Northern and Southern highways, BC interior and Vancouver Island. Planning for what could be a tough winter season is a great idea. As the weather gets colder, more and more people are out shopping for winter tires. Getting in ahead of time could save you time and money! 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.
Winter tire regulations are from October 1st- March 30th, but they have been extended to April in certain BC 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 extremely important; it could save your life as well as others. If you do get into an accident where winter tires could have helped, not having them may affect whether or how much you may be at fault.
Keep an eye on the tread-wear indicators on your winter tires. If you aren’t sure about how much life is left on your winter tires, come into Chilliwack Volkswagen and someone will be happy to help you! Always ensure that you use the same type of tires (summer, winter, or all-season) on all four wheels. This will provide you with the safety you need, and the tires will be more efficient and will do their job properly.
Always keep your tires properly inflated; this 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.
Make sure you store your winter tires properly, so they will last longer, providing you with more value out of your investment. Keep them in a cool, dry and indoor location. If you store them still mounted, reduce the tire pressure to 15 PSI and re-inflate when you’re ready to use them again. Do you need somewhere to store your tires? Contact us at Chilliwack Volkswagen and we can provide you with some storage options.
Winter tires may seem like a big purchase, but in our volatile climate, we don’t know what winter will look like from year to year. You can’t put a price on yours or anyone else’s safety, so talk to a tire specialist at Chilliwack Volkswagen about winter tires to find out the right fit for you based on where you live, your needs and your budget.