Outfit your car with snow tires

It may be the least appealing item on the shopping list, but it’s time to invest in some rubber, say local Mounties.

  • Oct. 19, 2011 1:00 p.m.

By Kathy Michaels

It may be the least appealing item on the shopping list, but it’s time to invest in some rubber, say local Mounties.

Kelowna RCMP held a press conference Thursday morning to remind local motorists that now is the time to get winter tires on the road as there may already be black ice.  After all, if a crash is caused because of poor equipment, such as the wrong tires, police will issue a nasty fine.

“Winter tires need a tread depth of 3.5 millimetres,” said Holmes, explaining that winter tires will come with a snowflake on the sidewall, or a mud and snow indication.

In lower elevations it’s a matter of safely, but the higher you get the stronger the legislation.

“By law you need to have all season mud and snow tires, winter tires or carry chains in higher elevations from Oct. 1 to April 31,” said Holmes, adding that being caught without will be matched with a $121 fine.

Although most people have a better grasp on the importance of driving with the right equipment, than was the case in years past, Const. Tim Monteith said bald tires on icy roads has yet to become uncommon.

He also wants locals to start adjusting their mindset for winter roads. That means, among other things,  stop speeding up to stopped cars. Don’t tailgate and take corners sensibly.

 

-Kelowna Capital News

Just Posted

Okanagan residents can win ride in army vehicle

A social media campaign offers the chance to win a ride in the Dragoons armoured vehicle

UPDATE: Kelowna snowboarder being mourned at Big White

He was a local snowboarder, who went to Rutland high school.

Reel Reviews: War from both sides of the desk

We say, “Forgive these films their faults and they will be entertaining enough.”

Residents should keep air intakes clear of snow

Silver Star Fire Department is encouraging residens to keep their air intakes clear after snowfall

Habs alumni raise big money for Kelowna hospice

Central Okanagan Hospice Association was the big winner after alumni hockey game

PHOTOS: Icing the competition

Skate Canada 2018 Okanagan Regional Championships skated through Vernon this weekend

Vagina Monologues hits the Kelowna stage this week

Okanagan production set to target a hot topic: vaginas

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

Submit nominations for 2018 Okanagan College Alumni Awards

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 14

Family home, police car targets of shootings in Keremeos

There were no injuries in two shootings that occurred in Keremeos over the weekend

RCMP officer officially cleared in shooting incident

Police watchdog concludes Salmon Arm officer’s use of force was justified

Investigators seek public help to identify accused fraudster

Thousands of dollars in charges racked up on stolen credit card

Interest in Canadian Armed Forces remains high

Canada seeks about 5,000 recruits each year for its regular forces of about 68,000

Rules reviewed to keep drug money out of B.C. real estate

Investigator looking at loans as well as casinos, David Eby says

Most Read