Drivers Required to Winterize Vehicles for Safe Driving in B.C.

Get ready for winter driving in B.C. and the increased driver-safety laws that will come along with it.

Starting on Oct. 1, 2016, the province of British Columbia is requiring all drivers to winterize their cars and motor vehicles for when driving on certain highways and stretches of roads, according to this news report.

All cars require winter tires installed and the tires must have a tread depth of at least 3.5 mm. Enforcement areas include heavily trafficked highways in areas of the province that generally experience bad-weather driving conditions, such as roads that go through the Interior and Northern B.C., including the Sea to Sky Highway, and on Vancouver Island, such as the Malahat.

Drivers in these areas without winter tires could face a fine of $121 and a fine of $109 for not having tires with the minimum tread depth.

Statistics consistently show that driving with winter tires during inclement weather decreases the odds of your car sliding across the road, since the elasticity and grip of all-season tires begin to wear-out when the external temperature dips below 7°C.

Additionally, drivers in vehicles without winter tires who are involved in car crashes that could have been avoided or mitigated with winter tires could see the degree to which they are determined to be at fault for insurance purposes affected.

If you are ever involved in a car accident and injured by a driver who neglected to install winter tires, you deserve to be fairly compensated for the full extent of your injuries and the long-term effects of those injuries on your life. BLW Lawyers in Metro Vancouver have the experience and the passion to fight hard for your rights and to protect you and your family. Call us at 604-689-3883 or email us at today for more information.

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