Take a look at your tires; Winter driving regulations in effect

Winter driving regulations, governing the safe usage of cars on winter roads come into effect at the start of October

Winter tire regulation come into effect Oct. 1 and remain in effect until April 30 for mountain passes and some rural highways.

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Drivers traveling on designated routes, including the Malahat portion of the Trans-Canada Highway, are required to use qualified tires. Most highways on southeastern Vancouver Island do not require winter tires.

There are three types of tires that meet the regulations – all-season, all-weather and winter. They must also have the mountain/snowflake logo or an M+S symbol with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres.

According to the province, mountain/snowflake tires are best for driving in heavy snow.

Winter driving has a marked effect on road safety, the number of fatal crashes on average doubles in B.C. in December (246 crashes) when compared to October (123), according to a study published by University of B.C. last year.

Failing to have the proper tires equipped can result in a $109 fine. I.C.B.C. also warns that not having the appropriate tires could alter how much you’re considered at fault.

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