Tips for driving around on BC roads this fall and winter.
At Company of Cars we want to keep you safe. Canadian winters are notoriously harsh and throw all kinds of weather our way. Sometimes this makes driving on BC roads a pretty harrowing adventure. That’s why it’s important to be prepared before you get on the roads.
1. Get an Inspection
Don’t make the mistake of throwing on winter tires and thinking you’re ready to face the snow on the roads. Winter tires, while necessary, may not be enough and can give you a false sense of security. The most important thing you should do to get ready for winter driving is have your vehicle inspected by a Red Seal technician.
A thorough inspection of your vehicle during the fall months will ensure you are able to address any issues that could endanger your safety on the roads when temperatures drop and severe winter weather strikes. An inspection will not only keep your vehicle and it’s precious cargo safe, regular inspections preserve your investment’s value by extending vehicle life and helping avoid costly repairs down the road.
2. Assess Your Winter Tires
Did you know that all drivers in BC must obey winter tire and chain signs from October 1 to March 31? Be aware of and understand the conditions on the roads you regularly drive and be sure to equip your vehicle for those conditions.To know if you’re ready, check the side of your tires for at least one of these symbols:
The 3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol
-These winter tires offer the best traction on snow and ice, and in cold weather. (Also known as mountain/snowflake or alpine.)
The mud and snow symbol
-These winter tires offer better traction than summer tires, however, they are less effective than 3-peaked mountain and snowflake tires on snow and ice, and in cold weather.
*BC accepts tires displaying the 3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol OR the M+S (mud and snow) symbol, with at least 3.5 mm tread as winter tires. Some tire manufacturers choose to mark their tires with both designations.
3. Understand BC’s Winter Driving Requirements
Perhaps most importantly, understanding BC’s winter driving requirements is the best way to stay safe on the roads this season. Watch this video to learn what you need to know about driving in BC during winter conditions.
For more information visit the The Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure website here.
Check out Our Winter Service Special
We’re now offering our Winter Service Special that includes:
*Free multi-point visual inspection and brake inspection
*Discount pricing on winter tires