Winter tire rules end March 31 but safe driving is all year

The ministry is reminding motorists that while the winter tire rules end today, Thursday, March 31, those planning to travel on provincial highways throughout the province should still be prepared for possible winter conditions at higher elevations.

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While spring-like conditions are emerging in many parts of the province, occasional winter storms can still occur and motorists are expected to know before they go and drive to conditions. Highways, which pass through more than one climate zone, may have weather that varies along that same corridor.

Our patrols mandate is to make the Kootenay Boundary roads the safest in BC and we will continue to strive to do this through enforcement and education - RCMP

It is important to be prepared before you set out for driving this spring. That means equipping your vehicle and checking Drive BC for the latest conditions.

Under the Motor Vehicle Act, winter tires have been defined as those labelled with either the winter mountain/snowflake or the mud and snow (M+S) symbols. Winter tires must be in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres. Under the act, winter tires meeting these standards are required between Oct. 1 and March 31 on mountain passes that experience winter-like conditions.

It is important that all those who use these highways take their time to ensure they are prepared for the trip ahead and consider their safety and the safety of other motorists while on the roads. Drivers should know before they go and check DriveBC for the latest updates on weather conditions and road closures.

Learn more:

For more information on winter tire and chain requirements in B.C.: http://bit.ly/1RLovZ7

Drive BC: http://www.drivebc.ca/

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