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Winter driving rules take effect next week: what you need to know about tires

FILE PHOTO - We're experiencing some late summer-like weather this week, but motorists using certain highways in the province will need snow tires on their vehicles by this time next week.
September 24, 2018 - 4:55 PM

PENTICTON - Don’t let this week’s return to late summer weather fool you - winter driving conditions are just around the corner.

Starting Oct. 1, winter tire rules go into effect across British Columbia.

The Insurance Corporation of B.C. says certain highways in the province require cars and light trucks to use winter tires from Oct. 1 to March 31. Signs posted on these designated highways advise drivers where and when winter tires are required. Vehicles not equipped with winter tires are prohibited from travelling past these signs.

The routes are shown on the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure website. Motorists could be turned around if they don't have proper tires. Acceptable winter tires in B.C. have the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol, or the M+S (mud and snow) symbol on the tire sidewall.

Tires must also have at least 3.5 mm of tread remaining.

Studded tires can prove useful in winter driving, but are only allowed on B.C. highways from Oct. 1 to April 30. Studs should protrude more than two mm from the tread and should be used on all four wheels.

Credit: Drive BC
snow tire use in British Columbia

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