Tires are one of the most important features of your vehicle and can make a difference when it comes to your vehicles maneuverability, performance and safety. Properly inflated and maintained tires are required to ensure your vehicle can properly stop and steer, and are important in emergency braking and hazard avoidance situations.
All vehicles operating on a highway must be equipped with properly maintained tires that have adequate load rating and tread depth, meeting the Canadian Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Standards in accordance with The Vehicle Equipment Regulations Act.
Winter weather in Saskatchewan can create some challenging driving conditions. We recommend installing winter tires on all 4 wheels during the winter. Properly inflated and maintained winter tires provide an added safety benefit due to improved traction on snowy and icy roads.
Tires marked with a 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. Please check out Transport Canada's winter tire safety tips for more information on winter tires.
Note: Winter tires are not mandatory in Saskatchewan; however they may be in other jurisdictions (e.g., Quebec, some regions of British Columbia). Please check for winter tire requirements before you travel out of province.
Tire pressure monitoring systems
Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are not required by provincial regulations or the federal Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations. However, if a vehicle is originally equipped with a TPMS we recommend that the system be maintained as it can assist in identifying a potential hazard, such as being under-inflated or close to failure (depending on the type of TPMS installed). TPMS does not replace the need to physically check the tires for proper inflation, wear and damage.
Note: SGI recommends the use of TPMS on 15-passenger vans as low tire pressure has been identified as a contributing factors is some fatal collisions involving this vehicle type.
Tire safety checklist
Transport Canada recommends you follow this tire safety checklist:
- Check tire pressure monthly, when the tires are cold (the vehicle has been stationary for a while) and be sure to check the spare as well.
- Check the recommended tire pressure for your tires before inflating. This can be found on the tire information label (found on the edge of the driver's door, the door post, the glove box or on the fuel door) or in your owner's manual. Do not use the pressure indicated on the tire itself as it refers to the maximum pressure, not necessarily the recommended one. Also, be sure that the air pump hose valve and the tire valves are clean when inflating them.
- Ensure all tire valves have caps.
- Always check tire pressure before going on a long trip.
- Once a month check tire tread for wear, cuts, cracks or bulges, foreign objects and other signs of wear. The minimum allowable tread depth is 1.6mm (2/32”) on all 4 tires for passenger cars, light trucks and multi-purpose passenger vehicles/SUVs.
- Regularly rotate your tires. Your owner's manual should indicate how and how often this should be done.
- Keep all your tires the same (type, size, speed rating and load index) on all wheel positions. Never mix bias-ply and radial tires on your vehicle.
- Register your tires with their manufacturer as soon as you purchase them so they can get a hold of you if there's a safety recall.
- Don't overload your vehicle. The tire information label indicates the maximum recommended load.
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