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Seasonal Driving Tips: Winter Driving

Be Prepared

Tires and Chain-Up Information

In winter, a driver who starts a trip in sunshine may face stretches of slush, ice, heavy snowfall or compact snow before reaching their destination.

Do I Require Winter Tires or Chains?

Drivers are required to obey Winter Tire and Chain Up signs throughout the province. The designated routes require that vehicles are either equipped with winter tires or carry chains from October 1 to April 30. Click on the maps below to see the regional highways requiring winter tires and/or chains.

South Coast Map


Southern Interior Map


Northern Map


Commercial Trucking

  • Chain Status Reports for Commercial Drivers
    These reports provide information on major highways where chain-up status may be required for commercial vehicles. Reports are updated as new information comes in. (These reports are not intended for drivers of non-commercial vehicles and cars).

Chain-Up Information

Safety First: 8 Steps to Installing Winter Tire Chains

(B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)


Traction and Winter Driving

This guide explains the differences between chains and provides general guidelines on their use. (1 MB PDF)

Installing Tire Chains

(Washington State Department of Transportation)

How to Install Tire Chains

(170 KB PDF - Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch)

Chain-up Suggestions

(170 KB PDF)

Tire Information

Winter Tire Demonstration

(Automobile Protection Association's Channel)