Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter

Old man winter is on the way. Is your vehicle ready?

Old man winter is on the way. Is your vehicle ready?

Winter tire rules are now in effect in the Cariboo and Chilcotin. Since Oct. 1, motorists must equip their vehicles with winter tires if they’re travelling in certain areas of the province, including the North and the Interior.

I want everyone to be well prepared as they set out for driving this fall and winter. This means getting your vehicle winter ready, and remembering to always drive to the road conditions.

Winter tires have been defined as those labelled with either the Mountain Snowflake symbol or the Mud and Snow (M+S) symbol. Winter tires must be in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 mm.

Drivers who do not have the proper winter tires on their vehicle on the designated routes can receive a fine of $121. Drivers who do not have the minimum tread depth on their tires (3.5 mm) on the designated routes can receive a fine of $109.

Winter tires improve safety by providing better traction in snow, slush and icy conditions — which can happen at any time around Williams Lake at this time of year. Drivers are also reminded to check tire air pressure frequently, because it decreases in cold weather.

Commercial vehicles that are 27,000 kg gross volume weight (GVW) and greater, such as tractor trailers, are required to carry chains on the designated routes. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recommends that commercial vehicle drivers carry chains at all times.

Winter in the Cariboo-Chilcotin is magical, but it can also be dangerous on the roads.

Having proper tires, planning ahead and driving according to road conditions will help keep you safe when driving in tough winter conditions. Please drive carefully.

Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin.