Whether you call them studded or spiked tires, they refer to the same thing. The tires are covered in small studs that provide added grip on the road.
Studded tires are ideal for people who live in rural areas. The studs allow the tires to grip unploughed roads that aren’t regularly coated in de-icing salts.
If you regularly drive on steep hills, you may also want to consider installing studded tires to improve grip.
There are several laws surrounding studded tires, even in provinces where winter tires aren’t mandatory.
In Ontario, you can drive with studded tires from October 1 to April 30 only if your address (associated with your car) is located in the north of the province. Consult Ontario’s official website to find out where studded tires are allowed in the province.
In Quebec, studded tires are permitted from October 15 to May 1 for passenger vehicles, cabs and commercial vehicles whose total mass doesn’t exceed 3,000 kilograms.
New Brunswick allows studded tires between October 15 and May 1.
In Nova Scotia, you can drive with studded tires between October 15 and May 31. However, there are several rules regarding studded tires. Refer to the province’s website for the details.
Prince Edward Island allows studded tires between October 1 and May 31. However, some other regulations may apply.
Newfoundland and Labrador typically allow studded tires between November 1 and April 30. However, in 2022, this period has been extended to May 31.
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