Along with colder temperatures, snow and ice, winter also brings potentially dangerous driving conditions. Therefore, it’s important to have the proper tires.
Installing the right tires will ensure you can tackle even the most precarious winter roads with confidence.
Here are a few characteristics to look for when buying winter tires.
In most Canadian provinces, winter tires aren’t mandatory. In fact, Quebec is the only province that requires all vehicles with a Quebec licence plate to be outfitted with winter tires from December 1 to March 15.
Many provinces strongly recommend the use of winter tires. However, there’s currently no legislation that requires it. There are also winter tire requirements for certain types of vehicles. Therefore, we advise you to check the government website in your province for the complete rules and regulations.
Material and Grip
Although winter tires are only mandatory in Quebec, Transport Canada requires all winter tires meet certain requirements. For example, winter tires must achieve a traction index rating equal to, or greater than, 110 to be considered suitable for driving in cold temperatures.
This is ASTM International’s ASTM F-1805-12 traction standard that’s used by Transport Canada.
The following traction index measures a tire’s grip on wet roads. The higher the traction index, the shorter the braking distance.
Second best traction
Third best traction
Fourth best traction
Tires marked with this symbol meet specific snow traction performance requirements: