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Winter Driving

During the winter in Prince Edward Island, drivers are faced with a new set of challenges. Here is some helpful information to prepare to drive in winter weather.

Should I install winter tires on my car, and if so, when should they be installed?

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal recommends that drivers install four matching winter tires between the months of November and April.

Winter tires provide almost twice the traction of all season tires on snow or ice.

Be sure to look for the peaked mountain and snowflake symbol to ensure you are buying certified winter tires.

When should I be concerned about black ice?

Black ice can form instantly when warm air meets an ice-cold road. It's most often found on bridges, overpasses and in shaded areas, creating an invisible sheet of ice.  However, it can form on almost any road.

What should I do to ensure my car is in top working order for winter driving?

• Make sure that your winter tires are in good condition.

•  Be sure to also keep your windows clear, regularly check fluid levels, and repair or replace lights, brakes, belts and hoses when needed.

•  Have a winter check done by an authorized mechanic to ensure your car is prepared for the winter months.

Studded Tires

Studded tires may be used on your car from October 1 to May 31.

Tire Spinning

When your tires are spinning, you have no traction. When starting from a stop on slick roads, start slowly and accelerate gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning.

Locking Up Brakes

To avoid locking up non-ABS brakes, begin braking early using a pumping action. Start much sooner than you would on dry pavement.

Avoiding Quick Manoeuvres

Slow down and steer smoothly and gradually to prevent skidding.


For more information, please read the Winter Tires Regulations.


Prepare now for winter driving conditions

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