Thursday, 8 November 2012

But can I take my tires with me?

An early onset of this year's winter season saw Albertans scrambling to get their tires changed much earlier than they typically would. Interestingly enough though, something as commonplace as regulations pertaining to tire studs—something we Albertans don't really give any thought to—varies a great deal from province to province. In Alberta, there are no restrictions at all on the use of studs, but this isn't necessarily the case elsewhere in Canada. For this reason, if you are planning to drive long distances within Canada while you've got your winter tires on, it's a good idea to know what's allowed where, and when. First, we'll look at a table that gives us the timing restrictions.

Additionally, some provinces have certain specifications around the design and implementation of studs.

Consulting these guidelines would be a good way to prepare for your mid-winter cross-country travels.