November 26, 2007
Ensure safe driving with the right winter tires, warns Transport Canada
Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada have advised motorists to think about safe driving in winter, including tires. Vehicle handling will be improved when tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index are installed on all four wheels.
Tires marked with a pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake meet specific snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions. If you intend driving in severe conditions, install four winter tires that meet the “snow tire” designation on your vehicle.
Tires marked “M+S”, for “mud and snow”, are also known as “all-season” tires, and continue to provide safe all-weather performance but may not always be suitable for severe snow conditions.
To help maintain control and stability of your vehicle in icy conditions, Transport Canada recommends the following: