Legally there are no requirements for winter tires in Newfoundland and Labrador. However, winter tires are strongly recommended across Canada and are shown to reduce car accidents in the winter.
A few things that we should know about tires and winter driving:
- Tires marked “M&S” are mud and snow tires, also known as all-season tires. Despite the name, all-season tires are often unsafe in winter driving conditions.
- Tires marked with a peaked mountain and snowflake are winter tires. They meet specific snow traction performance requirements and have been designed for use in snow conditions. These are the tires you want to use to help avoid road accidents in the winter.
- Using tires with the same tread patterns, internal construction, and size on all four wheels is recommended. Using different winter tires or only two winter tires on your car degrades vehicle control and stability.
- Tires that have worn too close to the tread-wear indicators reduce traction and decrease vehicle control. These tires should be replaced.
- Cold conditions reduce air pressure in tires, which reduces tread life, road safety, and increases fuel consumption. It’s a good idea to check your tires throughout the winter as you may need to increase their air pressure.