Hopefully residents have found the time to install their snow tires, as the winter season has hit the region a little early this year.

As local mechanics only continue to get busier as the winter season continues, drivers may want to think about putting their winter tires as soon as possible if they haven’t already, as slush and snow are creating dangerous road conditions.

“This is definitely the time of the year to get your winter tires. They do make a significant difference,” said Inspector with the Dryden Police Service, Ann Tkachyk.

“Police are encouraging residents to talk to your local dealerships and mechanics to get the proper winter tire for your vehicle. They will help you through the winter. Especially on local roads, as we do have issues with snow and ice buildup. Winter tires will definitely come in handy,” she added.

For owners of studded tires, they are proven to be more effective than other tires on wet, icy road conditions. On dry roads however, studded tires take away from your vehicle’s traction surface when there is no snow between the tire and the road.

Bill 169 was passed in late 2005, which allowed owners of cars in northern Ontario to use studded tires. However, using these tires outside their time frame can lead to some nasty fines. The fines for using studded tires between May 1 and September 30 can range anywhere up to $1,000.

 For drivers from outside of Ontario, studded tires can be used while travelling in the province for up to one month. During this period, the only acceptable studs are Scandinavian-made lightweight studs.

For more information:
DPS warns of dangerous road conditions

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