It's time to get winter tires.

It's time to get winter tires.

Kootenay drivers urged to get winter tires

If you’re heading over any mountain passes, you should now have your winter tires on, according to West Kootenay Traffic Services.

If you’re heading over any mountain passes, you should now have your winter tires on, according to West Kootenay Traffic Services.

“Winter is coming. Some are happy to see it and some are not, however the reality is at some point in the near future we will see snow in the mountains,” wrote Sgt. John Ferguson in a press release. “The one main safety issue for travelling is your tires.”

Ferguson said a winter tire will either have a three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol, or will have the letters M and S with a tread depth of no less than 3.5 mm.

“It is recommended you go to your local tire store and ask them the best tire for driving conditions in this area. We want everyone to be safe this winter,” he said.

He also urged residents to check their headlights.

“If your car is manufactured after 1990 you must have daytime running lights. In many vehicles the module burns out and people don’t realize it.”