How to Choose from 4 Types of Tires for Winter Driving in BC

October 24, 2014

There’s been a lot of tire talk lately, which is great. Winter is coming, and you obviously want to be prepared. We want you to be prepared, too. So, we thought we’d go over the four types of tires you are permitted to use when driving high mountain passes and other signed BC highways requiring winter tires for passenger vehicles. 1. Studded Winter Tires How to identify? M+S or Mountain/snowflake on sidewall and metal studs on tread Perform best in? Wet, rough ice, and heavy snow; temperatures below 7C What else should you know? Studded tires with studs up to 3.5mm are allowed on BC highways from October 1 to April 30 (one month after winter tires requirements). Vehicles weighing less than 4,600 kg can have up to 130 studs per tire, and vehicles weighing more can have up to 175 studs per tire. It’s also important to note...

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Warning: If You’re a Distracted Driver, it’s Going to Cost You

October 20, 2014
New Penalties

Starting October 20th, 2014, changes to the Motor Vehicle Act regulations means an increase in driver penalty points (from 0 to 3) for those caught talking on a handheld device while driving.  This new penalty also covers: watching a DVD,...

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Do Motorcycles Need Winter Tires in BC?

October 17, 2014

We’ve received many questions from motorcyclists wondering how winter tire regulations affect them. In a nutshell, here’s how motorcyclists should approach winter driving in BC. Motorcyclists are not required to use winter tires, as winter tires are not available...

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7 Things You Need to Know BEFORE Driving the Coquihalla and High Mountain Passes

October 15, 2014
Coquihalla safety tips

Coquihalla, Rogers Pass, Bear Pass, Pine Pass…are you ready? If you live on the Coast, you may not travel BC’s mountains very often. We’ve noticed a number of those living in those areas aren’t always ready to go from...

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How You Can Help Us Build our 10 Year Transportation Plan

October 14, 2014
10 Year Transportation Plan

What should be the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure priorities and what are the best opportunities for us over the next decade? From growing the economy to increasing community connections and more, we want to hear from you...

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4 Paths to Protecting Painted Turtles in the Creston Valley

October 8, 2014

Gravel and sand with a sunny southern exposure… If you were selling real estate to Western Painted Turtles ready to lay eggs, this would be a hot property. However, the saying about “location, location, location” holds true for turtles...

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Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

October 6, 2014
Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Winter is advancing on British Columbia. Look to Alberta in the east: snow. Look to Yukon in the north: more snow. Winter has us surrounded. Chilling, isn’t it? Don’t freak out. You’ve got this. And we can help you...

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