The first thing you need to know in British Columbia, or anywhere else for that matter when it comes to whether you need winter tires
or not, is the temperature and weather conditions you’re likely to face. Coastal areas tend to be pretty temperate, so if snow does fall it rarely hangs around too long. However, further inland, average winter temperatures are often below freezing. The rough rule of thumb is that if you live where the temperature regularly gets lower than 45F or 7.2C in the winter, you need to think about fitting winter rubber to your vehicle. As of 2015 though, it's no longer left up to the driver as to whether they think they need winter tires in British Columbia
in certain places. So, here's a look at winter tires, what they are, what they can do for your winter driving, and what the law is in BC.