Winter Driving

Studded tires may be used on vehicles in PEI from October 1 to May 31.

In winter in Prince Edward Island, drivers face a new set of challenges. Make sure you are prepared.

Winter tires

  • Between the months of November and April, install four matching winter tires on your vehicle. Winter tires provide almost twice the traction of all season tires on snow or ice. Look for the peaked mountain and snowflake symbol, which indicates certification as winter tires.
  • You may use studded tires from October 1 to May 31. See Winter Tires Regulations under RESOURCES.
  • Have a winter check done by an authorized mechanic to ensure your vehicle is prepared for the winter months.

Driving on winter roads

  • Watch for black ice when temperatures are just under or just above freezing. Black ice can form an invisible sheet of ice instantly when warm air meets an ice-cold road. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and in shaded areas.
  • Allow extra driving time to get to your destination.
  • Have a winter survival kit in your vehicle that includes a snow scraper, non-perishable food and water, wind-up flashlight, extra clothes, etc.

Parking in winter

  • Check with your local municipality for winter parking restrictions.
  • Do not park on the side of roadways in winter.
Get updated road condition information at 511.gov.pe.ca

For road related inquires, contact:

Telephone: 5-1-1

Email: roads@gov.pe.ca

Published date: 
November 30, 2017
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