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Old 01-22-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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Winter Travel

This thread will deal with regulations and tips for safe winter travel with your RV.

Very few RV's will be equipped with winter tires, so the option is to carry chains. Cable chains are legal, inexpensive and light and will do the job in most cases.

Dave

http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/SeasonalDriv...y_Brochure.pdf

Winter Tires

Where are winter tires and chains required on BC highways?
There are Regulatory Signs (R047) posted in various locations on numbered highways throughout the province.
The R-047 Regulatory sign “Use Winter Tires or Carry Chains – Beyond This Point – October 1st – April 30th“ when placed upon a highway will prohibit vehicles from being driven or operated on a highway that are not equipped with winter tires or chains beyond that point when enforced by the police, ministry or other enforcement officials.

R-047 Sign


W-041 Sign


The W-041 Warning sign when placed upon a highway is to inform motorists that winter driving conditions can be expected on provincial highways from Oct 1st -Apr 30th. Therefore, motorist should be properly equipped with appropriate winter safety equipment between Oct 1st – April 30th, and may be prevented from proceeding on highways which have R-047 regulatory signs “Use Winter Tires or Carry Chains – Beyond This Point – October 1st – April 30th“ placed upon the highway.
Click on the maps below to see the regional highways requiring winter tires and/or chains. See also Tires and Chain-up Information.




<A href="http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/SeasonalDriving/winter/maps/3516-Tires&Chains_R2Map.pdf"><A href="http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/SeasonalDriving/winter/maps/3516-Tires&Chains_R2Map.pdf">






Are there any regulations in B.C. that deal with winter tires?
See BC Motor Vehicle Act - (Chapter 318 - Part 3)
Safety equipment

208 (1) For the purpose of this section, “winter tire” means a tire that is
(a) advertised or represented by its manufacturer or a person in the business of selling tires to be a tire intended principally for winter use, and that provides, or is designed to provide, adequate traction in snow or mud; and
(b) in the condition respecting tread wear and other particulars the regulations prescribe.
(2) The Minister of Transportation and Highways may, by public notice or by placing signs, prohibit vehicles from being driven or operated on a highway that are not equipped with chains, winter tires or sanding devices, or a combination of these the minister considers adequate and necessary in view of prevailing road conditions.
(3) For the purposes of a prosecution under this section, the onus is on the defendant to prove that a tire alleged not to be a winter tire is in fact a winter tire.
See BC Motor Vehicle Act – Motor Vehicle Act Regulations - (Division 7 - Other Equipment)
Winter tires

7.162 A winter tire as defined in section 208 of the Act shall have not less than 3.5 mm of tread depth across the surface of the tire in contact with the road.
[en. B.C. Reg. 161/76, s. 1; am. B.C. Reg. 343/77.]
Are studded tires permitted on BC highways?
Yes, from October 1st to April 30th. Use of studded tires outside of this period may result in a fine.
See BC Motor Vehicle Act – Motor Vehicle Act Regulations – Section 19.03
See BC Motor Vehicle Act – Motor Vehicle Act Regulations – Section 20.
What are tires with a “severe winter service” rating?
Please see “Transport Canada’s” website at
http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/safevehicles/safetyfeatures/wintertires/index.htm
or,
http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/tp/tp2823/winter.htm
Winter-Rated Snow Tires
Tires marked with the pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake meet specific snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions.
How many winter tires should be used on a car?
Please see “Transport Canada’s” website @ http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/releases-nat-2008-08-h001e-3295.htm

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Bus Accident

Yesterday there was a serious single vehicle accident involving a tour bus near Pendleton, Oregon. There are at present 9 fatalities, and many injured.

This is a Goggle shot of the stretch of northbound lane where the accident happened. It looks like a wonderful road with little risk for travel of any type of vehicle.
Pendleton, OR, United States - Google Maps

I have traveled that area in late October and it was a wonderful drive. If you move up and down the road on Goggle you can see that it is an excellent highway in good condition.

Below is a shot of the accident scene.



Winter conditions bring a big change of rules to the task of driving. One has to be aware at all times of the temperature, the road conditions, other traffic, etc.

And it will usually help if you slow down a bit.

Drive carefully and Happy New Year

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