How can winter tires help to avoid car accidents?

When it comes to driving in winter, tires are one of the most important things to consider. British Columbia drivers should consider the state of their tires and whether they need to invest in winter tires for the colder months. Once temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius, winter tires can help drivers avoid car accidents and handle stormy or slippery weather. In some parts of the province, these tires are required by law.

British Columbia has winter tire and chain-up rules that require winter tires to be used in certain areas during cold weather. Under these laws, tires with either an M+S symbol (mud and snow) or the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol are acceptable. Both of these symbols signify that the tires are optimized for winter with at least a 3.5 mm tread. For even more protection against car accidents, drivers can purchase true winter tires, which sport the mountain and snowflake symbol.

Winter tires are important because they offer better traction in wet conditions. They have specially formulated rubber and treads specifically designed for ice and snow. Proper air pressure is also important for those doing a lot of winter driving. 

Preparing a car for the colder weather is important for people across British Columbia. Along with a tune up and the right tires, drivers should keep an emergency kit in the trunk and be sure to store cars with winter tires in a cool, dark, dry indoor location. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, many people in British Columbia do suffer from serious car accidents each winter. Those who are in a car accident or lose a family member due to an accident can confer with a British Columbia lawyer regarding the possibility of legal recourse.

Source: Comox Valley Record, "Winter is coming: 10 things you need to know about your tires", Oct. 30, 2017

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