Mountain/Snowflake Symbol – Severe Snow and Winter Traction
The mountain snowflake symbol indicates a winter tire meets the minimum requirements for providing traction in harsh conditions, though some tires exceed the symbol’s requirements. That’s because all–season tires are safe for most conditions, but they’re not designed to give grip on ice or in sub-zero weather.
Also, are MS tires good in snow? For the record, an M/S rated tire is an all-season tire that has been approved for use in mud and snow by the Rubber Association of Canada. They provide traction in light snow, but aren’t great in a big winter blast.
In this regard, is it law in BC to have winter tires?
Designated Winter Tire & Chain Routes. Winter tires or chains are required on most routes in British Columbia from October 1 to April 30. For select highways not located through mountain passes and/or high snowfall areas, tire and chain requirements end March 31.
Where in BC are snow tires mandatory?
Currently, B.C. drivers are required to have winter tires if they’re travelling on highways throughout the province, including the Sea to Sky, and Highway 1 starting near Hope and travelling east. Drivers who don’t have winter tires may be turned away or fined.
What does M and S mean on a tire?
All tires that pass certain winter tire traction tests can be marked with a symbol molded onto the side of the tire. One is the M+S (mud and snow) symbol, and the second is the mountain/snowflake symbol.
Do all season tires count as snow tires?
Actually, no. It turns out that all-season tires are fine in warmer months, but in the snow, they lack traction compared with dedicated snow tires. And the best way to gather data on winter-tire performance is to find yourself an icy, snowy proving ground.
How do I know if my tires are snow tires?
A: Tires with the Mud and Snow symbol (M+S) on the sidewall, with a minimum 3.5 mm tread depth. Q: What winter tire provides the best performance in cold, snow and ice? A: Tires with the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol on the sidewall provide the best traction in winter conditions.
What is considered a snow tire?
Snow tires—also called winter tires—are tires designed for use on snow and ice. Tires designed for winter conditions are optimized to drive at temperatures below 7 °C (45 °F). Some snow tires have metal or ceramic studs that protrude from the tire to increase traction on hard-packed snow or ice.
Are mud and snow tires good enough for winter?
Winter tires are specifically designed to provide traction in deeper snow and in sub-zero temperatures. Mud and snow tires will perform just fine in lighter snow but, if you regularly drive in snowy conditions at temperatures lower than 7°C, you’re better off with a set of good winter tires.
Can you drive with summer tires in the winter?
The short answer is no. Using summer tires in winter conditions might be dangerous and risks damaging your tires. Local weather conditions are a huge deciding factor for the choice of your tires. With only occasional bouts of freezing temperatures, all-season tires could be an option for mild winter conditions.
What happens if you don’t have winter tires in BC?
Winter tires aren’t mandatory across the entire province but on most B.C. highways. Drivers travelling on those highways without proper winter tires can receive a fine of $109. New this year, truckers who don’t chain up will pay a higher fine than they used to.
Are mud and snow tires OK in BC?
1, drivers using the majority of B.C.’s highways will be required to have winter tires on their vehicles. Approved tires carry either the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol or the M+S (mud and snow) symbol and must have at least 3.5 millimetres of tread.
What is the fine for driving without winter tires in BC?
Drivers without the proper winter tires in good condition driving on designated B.C. highways could receive a fine of $109.
Is it illegal to not have snow tires?
There is no federal law that requires drivers to carry snow chains or snow tires. However, there are laws in some states that do require either snow chains or snow tires in certain conditions. For example: Utah requires all two-wheel drive vehicles to use snow tires under certain conditions.
Can I use winter tires all year?
Here are some specific reasons why using winter tires year round is not recommended. Faster wear on warm, dry pavement – the tread rubber of winter tires is considerably more flexible than that of all season and summer tires. You won’t get the crisp response from a winter tire in warm weather.
What kind of winter tires are required in BC?
What is a Legal Winter Tire in B.C.? A legal winter tire (on a standard passenger vehicle or a four-wheel/all-wheel vehicle) MUST have at least 3.5 mm of tread depth. A winter tire must be labelled with either of the following: The letters “M” and “S”, the minimum legal requirement (mud + snow/all season tires)