Stretches of highway that require winter tires or chains on board are marked with traffic signs, and drivers are responsible for ensuring their vehicles are properly equipped for the terrain. If they do not, they can be fined. All-season tires with the symbol M+S (Mud and Snow) offer better traction than summer tires and meet the minimum legal requirements for a winter tire. But in harsh winter conditions, they are less effective than 3-top mountain tires and snowflakes. If you live or travel in an area where you normally and regularly expect snow, ice and mud, we recommend using four matching winter tires that carry the mountain/snowflake symbol. Mountain and snowflake tires offer a higher level of traction in harsh winter conditions and receive their special designation for meeting a performance-based standard (developed by the U.S. Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Rubber Association of Canada). These are the best winter tires on the market. The Department of Transportation notes that drivers are not required to use winter tires due to a more temperate winter climate on the Lower Mainland and southeast Vancouver Island (although some exceptions apply, such as the Malahat Highway). Passenger cars can use alternative traction devices with their winter tires. Use these devices only if they have been tested for performance in winter conditions.

As winter conditions continue, the ministry points out that sudden changes in altitude and weather can make road conditions unpredictable. As a result, provincial legislation remains in effect on most highways from October 1 to April 30. M+S tires are a safe option if you only experience limited winter conditions and are ready to drive with more care and caution in winter conditions. Keeping your tires properly inflated is the most important part of tire maintenance. That`s why we recommend that you regularly monitor the air pressure in your tires. A poorly inflated tire is prone to irregular wear, poor handling, loss of traction and reduced tread life. Winter tires are an investment in safety – for you, your family, friends and other people who share the road. Drivers can check designated winter tire and chain routes online with Drive BC.

These tires are only allowed on Highways in British Columbia from October 1 to October 30. April and the tips must not exceed more than 2 mm from the tread or driving surface of the tire. The use of studded tyres outside this period may result in a fine. British Columbia`s Winter Tire Act requires that winter tires or chains be used on most routes in British Columbia from October 1 to April 30. Roads that require winter tires or chains in British Columbia are marked with signs on roads across the province. Depending on road conditions, the province reserves the right to restrict travel at any time of the year. For some highways that do not pass over mountain passes or areas with high snowfall, tire and chain requirements end on March 31. As of October 1, British Columbia law states that all vehicles on certain highways are equipped with winter tires. In addition to the province, freight forwarding associations are also reminding drivers to prepare for winter conditions before it`s too late. Gary McLeod is the Director of the Northern BC Truckers Association. A legal winter tire (for a standard passenger car or all-wheel drive/all-wheel drive vehicle) must have a tread depth of at least 3.5 mm.

Commercial vehicles with a total weight between 5,000 kg and 27,000 kg mainly use chains for additional traction, but can use tires with the symbol of the 3 mountain peaks and snowflakes or the symbol M + S if available for their vehicle class. It is recommended that commercial vehicles use steel link chains, as they have been shown to provide superior traction and prevent side sliding. Cable chains are permitted when used in conjunction with steel link chains installed on the outside of a driving axle. Cable chains do not provide sufficient traction on roads with steep curves alone and can actually drag a vehicle. From October 1 to March 31, all commercial vehicles must carry tire chains. Studded tyres: These tyres can only be used on BC motorways from 1 October to 30 April and the studs must not exceed the tread or traction surface of the tyre by more than 2 mm. The use of studded tyres outside this period may result in a fine. Due to the more temperate winter climate of the Lower Mainland and southeastern Vancouver Island, drivers do not need to use winter tires in many areas of the coast. On the map of the south coast, you will find places where winter tires are needed, such as Malahat. Remember that you are responsible for properly equipping your vehicle for the conditions in which you are driving. Many drivers choose to use M+S tires all year round.

A complete list of routes that require winter tires can be found on the Department`s website. The ministry requires winter tires to be at least 3.5 millimetres deep. It requires at least two matching winter tires on the vehicle`s driving axle, but recommends a suitable package on all wheels. The provincial government is reminding drivers that winter tires will be mandatory for those on most highways in British Columbia starting Friday, October 1, 2021. Winter tires or chains are required on most roads in British Columbia from October 1 to April 30. Tire and chain requirements for certain highways that do not pass through mountain passes or areas of heavy snowfall end on March 31. A winter tire must be marked with one of the following: rain, mud, snow, ice and cold temperatures are part of winter driving. Stopping your passenger car in these conditions can be a challenge as your tires have less traction on cold and often slippery road surfaces. Winter driving can be challenging, even for the most experienced cyclists.