Fix It with Farrell: Winter Tires
Farrell is one of our Fleet Technicians and works with our vehicles every day to ensure they’re in tip-top shape for our members. Check our blog and newsletter for his stories from the road, and some helpful insider tips!
Tire Symbols Demystified
Rubber on the road is a good thing but how much and what treads work best is a subject on its own — especially in winter conditions!
BC Provincial Regulations
There are Regulatory Signs posted in various locations on numbered and un-numbered highways throughout the province. The sign below is one you may encounter during the winter to keep roads and drivers safe:
What’s do the symbols on the sign mean?
An example of the symbols featured on tires (Google)
M+S stands for Mud and Snow and indicates that the tire meets the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) all-season tire definition. These are winter tires, with self-cleaning treads, have average traction in muddy or very snowy conditions, and are suitable for low temperatures.
Tires marked with the symbol of a mountain and snowflake meet specific snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in severe conditions. It’s important to note that not all tires feature both symbols like the one pictured above.
What about the tires on my Modo?
The Modo Fleet consists of vehicles with Regular, M+S (Mud and Snow) and Winter Tires. Our Operations Manager, Kelvin, has written a Pro Tip on how you can book one of our snow-ready vehicles for your travels this winter!