Vancouver sure looks magical when it’s covered in snow.
At least maybe a day or two, before the snow turns to slush and the roads become difficult to navigate. This could mean the lineups for the bus and SkyTrain are insanely long, and you have no other option than to drive.
Whether you’re driving to work or departing on a winter road trip, you’ll want to make sure that you reach your destination safely. And in the winter, you need to take extra precautions to make sure your vehicle is winter-ready, and that starts from the bottom up – with your tires.
Do a pre-trip check
Check your tire pressure, because this drops fast in the cold. Keep the gas tank at least half-full to avoid freezing, and top up your windshield wiper fluid.
Check road conditions
One way to make sure that you’re ready for the journey ahead of you is to check road conditions for your whole route on Drive BC before you leave your house.
Prep your car
You’ll want to make sure that you have winter tires or chains ready so that you can put them on your car when there’s snowy and icy conditions on the roads.
Know when to change to winter tires
You’ll also want to make sure your tires don’t break the seven degree rule this winter. The rubber in all-season tires starts to harden (think of a hockey puck) when temperatures drop below seven degrees celsius. The harder it gets, the less traction tires have. Winter tires are made with rubber that stays softer in the cold. They also have treads designed to grip ice and snow. So it’s essential that you have them on your car this season.