It's time again to get the snow tires out and installed on your vehicle, or purchase a new set. Here are a few tips you should know about winter tires to help you control your vehicle on snow-covered streets and stay safe. 

5 winter tire safety tips 
Winter tire symbol

Tires with this symbol meet winter driving requirements and were designed for severe snow conditions. (Transport Canada)

  • Make sure to have four wheels that are the same type, size, speed rating and load index. Vehicle handling is improved.
  • Look for tires marked with the symbol of a peaked mountain with a snowflake. They meet winter driving standards and are designed for severe snow conditions. 

Canadian Tire 2011 online survey

Percentage of drivers using winter tires by province: 

98% - QC
68% - NB/NS/PE/NL
43% - ON
41% - BC
40% - SK/MB
28% - AB

Canadian average: 57%
Excluding Quebec: 43%

  • Be sure to install four winter tires that meet the 'snow tire' designation on your vehicle if you drive in severe winter conditions. This will help you control your vehicle in slippery conditions.
  • All-season tires — or ones marked 'M + S' or 'mud and snow' tires — provide safe all-weather performance but may not always be suitable for severe snow conditions.
  • Only use wide, high performance tires designed as snow tires. Other types aren't suitable for use on snow-covered roads.

(Sources: Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada)

Stopping Distances at 50km/h

Test conditions: -20°C with 3 to 5 cm of compacted snow and ice on asphalt surface. Vehicles equipped with automatic transmission and anti-lock brakes. Tests in 4-wheel drive vehicle conducted in all-wheel drive mode.
Choose Tire Type:
In a car
In a minivan
In a 4WD vehicle

SOURCE: Government of Ontario

Replay the Saskatoon Morning live chat about winter tires below.