In this survey, 100% of drivers in Quebec reported putting winter tires on their car. But outside Quebec, only 69% reported using winter tires. And it is recommended that when you store your tires, put them in a bag of tires, tied and taped to extend their lifespan, because the tires break over time when exposed to air. The average life of a tire is about six years. The maximum air pressure is on the side of your tire. This is not necessarily the right level of inflation for your tires; Always refer to the inflation level recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. This can usually be found in your instruction manual, which is attached to the edge of the driver`s door or in the glove box door. „In addition, the treads of winter tires are generally designed to bite into the snow,” Smith said. The province requires passenger cars on major roads to be equipped with winter tires between October 1 and March 31 or April 30, depending on the route, to accommodate more dangerous weather conditions. Drivers who do not have winter tires in good condition and are caught on designated roads can be fined $121. 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. According to Kal Tire, the price difference between consistently comparable tires and winter tires and all-season tires is minimal in the long run.
Check the wear of your winter tires before installation and monitor tire pressure frequently, as it can decrease in cold weather. Most of us only encounter winter conditions such as ice, mud or hard snow to a limited extent. With this in mind, high-quality M+S tires for the entire season may be right for you. However, if you live in an area that regularly receives snow, often skiing or other winter sports, your vehicle should be equipped with four winter tires for mountains/snowflakes. 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. While the winter tire is the preferred choice in cold weather, there is another popular option that works well on the Lower Mainland. This is the all-season tire.
In a new study by the Canadian Tire and Rubber Association, which represents the tire industry, 79% of people who use winter tires said they helped them avoid an accident. Make sure all four winter tires are uniformly matched in size, tread type, and depth. However, you must have at least two matching winter tires on the main drive axle, even if you are driving a 4X4 vehicle. If you use different types of tires, it will affect stability and can cause your vehicle to get a fishtail. 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. Tires with a 3-top mountain and snowflake symbol offer the best traction on snow, ice and in cold weather. They offer good winter driving performance, especially in harsh winter conditions. The tire industry claims that winter tires with the symbol of 3-top mountain and snowflake surpass mud and winter tires (M+S) at temperatures of 7°C or lower. The natural rubber compound in these tires helps them stay soft and flexible in cold weather. Driving in winter can be challenging, even for the most experienced cyclists. Poor visibility and the presence of snow, mud and ice are additional dangers that we usually do not have to face. The right tires can make it easier to drive in winter conditions.
A 2011 Quebec study showed a 5% reduction in winter road accidents and a 3% reduction in fatalities and serious injuries after prescribing winter tires. But when this law came into force, 90% of Quebecers were already using winter tires. I live in Vancouver and I go to Kelowna to visit my family about once a month. I always thought the Coquihalla and other mountain roads in British Columbia would need winter tires starting in October, but my dad says you can ride on tires with the symbol M+S (mud and snow). He does not change his tires for the winter. I checked the all-season tires of my car and they say M+S. Are they really enough to handle the winter roads? – Leila mud and winter tires marked with an M+S symbol are also considered winter tires, although the Ministry of Transport notes that they are less effective than special alpine winter tires. Winter tires offer better traction and braking performance than summer tires in cold weather and on wet, snowy and icy roads. And traction can make the difference between driving safely on winter roads and being involved in a serious accident. When the tire tread wears out, traction, cornering and braking are less reliable. Most tires have tread wear indicators that are poured into the tread surface.
It`s time to replace your tires when the tread wear indicators in two adjacent tread grooves touch the road. 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. The biggest difference between winter tires and all-season tires is rubber. Year-round rubber begins to get hard when the outside temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius. How many falls prevent winter tires? Most provinces don`t know if cars have had winter tires in an accident, so it`s hard to say.
„If you don`t drive much or generally stick to straight, flat, regularly clear stretches of road, you may not see many benefits for change,” Smith said. „In general, however, winter tires are more efficient in harsher temperatures and more snow.” These tires can only be used on British Columbia roads from October 1 to April 30 and the studs must not exceed the tread or driving surface of the tire by more than 2 mm. The use of studded tyres outside this period may result in a fine. Regardless of the season, be sure to keep the same type of tire (i.e., summer, winter, or all-season tires) on all four wheels, especially for all-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and SUVs. Since acceleration, braking and cornering require a coordinated effort of all four tires, replacing tires that differ in design, construction or intended use can upset this balance. Both the winter tire and the all-weather tire have the top three snowflakes and the symbol M + S. Check your tire pressure only when the tires are cold. You should also consider the outside temperature, as this directly affects the tire pressure. Pressure drops in colder conditions.