All About Snow Tires

Vancouver, British Columbia does not see too much snow in the city during the winter but when it does come it is heavy, wet and causes havoc for drivers on the road. The best way to keep yourself moving and safe on the roads during these times is to get around in a vehicle with snow tires. The mountains and the roadways leading up to the resorts have snow for much of the winter season. When getting out of the city in any higher elevation it is likely you will encounter winter conditions and therefore will require snow tires to get you to where you have to go safely.

We have outlined some of the most important things to know and reasons why to rent a vehicle properly equipped with snow tires for the winter conditions you can face in Vancouver and the surrounding British Columbia area.

All Season Tires NOT Winter Tires

All season tires have a tendency to loose the promise their name suggests when the cold really hits. Even on dry pavement, at an above freezing 5 C, a snow-rated tire outperforms all season tires dramatically. A study put out by the Quebec Ministry of Transport showed that proper winters tire can improve braking by up to 25% over all-season tires and can consequently improve accident avoidance by about 38 percent. Vancouver winters temperatures will often hover around freezing so ensuring your safety with properly rated winter tires is essential.

Deeper Tread Means More Grip

Snow tires are more effective then standard tires and even all-season tires because they have deeper tread with specifically designed patterns that allows more traction in, slush and ice. They also are made with a specific rubber compound that stays softer and more flexible in the cold weather that provides more contact to the surface and thus more control.

Essential for Winter Driver Safety

Winter tires are absolutely essential for winter driving safety. They not only help you get going in the often difficult driving conditions but equally as important, they allow you to stop. It you are going to the local mountains to ski, up to Whistler or into the Interior, snow tires are often mandatory to pass for obvious safety conditions. Please do not think that your superior driving skills matter when you are sliding on ice or stock in a few inches of snow because they won’t.

Renting Vehicles with Weather Appropriate Tires

Snow tires can be expensive running upwards of $250 per tire plus installation cost. It can be costly for the wallet and time especially considering the annual rush at tire shops when the white stuff starts to fall. Often the best solution for the snow tire issue in a climate like Vancouver where snow is not a constant on the ground in the city but does come at different times throughout the winter… is to rent a car, van or SUV already equipped of the snow tires. Vancouver is known to get dumps for one or two days here and there so its tough to justify buying snow tires but yet essential if you want to drive on those days. Not only will you be driving safely in a properly equipped car for the conditions but you can save your own vehicle from the dirt and damage caused by the constant salting trucks that service the road.

When you face the decision of getting a vehicle this winter season consider renting a one in with snow tires in Vancouver, vans with snow tires, and SUVs that are winter equipped. Get a rental car with snow tires so you don’t have to buy them for the few days of the winter season that the snow it on the ground or for the ski vacation you take with your family up to the mountain.