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In BC, a legal winter tire must have a tread depth of at least 3.5mm, and it must also be labeled as “M and S”, meaning that it is a “mud and snow” or “all season” tire. This is the minimum requirement. Instead of this symbol, it may instead have a 3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol, which are usually better winter tires. The BC government does not recommend driving in winter conditions with summer tires, and putting chains onto summer tires is illegal during the wintertime.

Matching qualities

You should ideally use 4 tires which match in terms of type, tread depth, and tread type. You should avoid mixing tires of different types, as this could make your car less stable.

Air Pressure

Cold tires see their air pressure decrease, so it is essential to get your air pressure checked regularly and keep your tired topped up if need be.

Chains

Steel link chains are ideal for traction in snow and ice, and will also keep your car stable on banked curves. Cable chains are also good for general traction but may let you down on banked curves due to slipping.

Studded Tires

Studded tires may be used on BC highways from October 1 till April 30, although using them outside of this period could see you being fined. The studs should not protrude more than 2 mm from the tread of the tire. It is a legal requirement that you must use studded tires for ALL of your tires (instead of just a couple) and this is the best way to stabilize traction.

Textile Tire Cover

Textile tire covers help to improve traction in snow and icy conditions, but bear in mind that they will soon perish on regular asphalt.

No one wants to be landed with an unexpected fine due to the condition of their winter tires, so be sure to follow these laws and drive safely during the perilous winter months here in BC. If you are unsure if your vehicle meets BC legal requirements, drop by Paragon Motors today!

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Avery Tulak
10/31/2020 - Facebook

thanks again guys it was great getting my tires installed from quattro tires online today. good communication,and from what I oversaw while in the office waiting was a good business model. proper diagnosis and relaying it. I'm no mechanic but they were spot on from what I was thinking. hard to get good service especially during these times. I work as a cab driver and am happy to see other company's in Kelowna step up. I will be sure to return. thanks guys!! 🙂

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8/07/2020 - Facebook

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