Winter Driving

Winter weather in B.C. can bring hazards such as fog, rain, snow, ice and sleet. To stay safe on winter roads it’s important to be prepared.

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Winter Tires and Traction Devices

Effective September 21, 2015, the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations have been amended to clarify the definition of winter tires and traction devices such as chains including when and where they must be used.

Drivers failing to have vehicles properly equipped can be fined $109. Enforcement officers may prevent you from travelling if not properly equipped for road conditions or for safety reasons. Read the changes in the Act and the Regulations.


The best way to stay safe under extreme conditions is to avoid driving until the weather improves. If you are driving make sure your vehicle is winter ready, always carry an emergency kit and have clothing available appropriate to the weather that you will experience outside your vehicle.