The Winter Tire enforcement signs have been up, on roadways that climb to higher elevations, since Oct. 1. It is time for all Motorists to ask themselves the question “are my tires good enough to get me safely through a B.C. winter”? The kind of tires we drive on are only half the answer. The other the other half lies in our ability to drive in winter conditions.
According to Section 7.162 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, “A winter tire shall have not less than 3.5mm of tread depth across the surface of the tire that is in contact with the road”.
The height of four stacked dimes is about the depth you need at the thinnest depth of the tread, not the deepest. Anything less and the tread will not be able to displace the snow, slush or water effectively enough to keep your grip on the roadway if you’re driving to the road conditions that is.
On Thursday Oct. 9, members of the Central Okanagan Traffic Services and Integrated Road Safety Unit were on Highway 97C at the U turn, approximately 11 km up from the 97C turnoff. Their purpose is to educate and reinforce to the Motoring Public the necessity of complying not only with the Law, but with good old common sense when it comes to winter driving.
“The goal of this initiative is to give Motorists the information they need to prepare for winter driving, in the hopes of reducing the numbers of collisions and injuries on our roadways.”