Do car rentals have snow tires?
Most rental car companies do not offer these tires, and they definitely don't offer snow chains. Rental cars are not exempt from this requirement, even if they have all-season tires, and rental car companies don't offer chains.
Do Calgary rental cars have winter tires?
Update: National @ YYC does offer cars with snow tires as an option; the cost is an extra $15 per day and apparently can be requested while booking online.
Do rental cars in Vancouver have winter tires?
Renting a Vehicle in Winter? Most rental vehicles will be equipped with M+S tires, which meet the minimum winter tire requirement. If you are renting a vehicle and travelling outside the Greater Vancouver or Greater Victoria areas, it's a good idea to ensure your vehicle rental is equipped with winter tires.
Rental companies in Alberta rarely install winter tires on their fleets, and the few companies that do often charge hefty fees. Instead, most operators opt for mud and snow all-season tires, and encourage customers concerned about winter driving conditions to opt for four-wheel drive vehicles.
Hertz does not prohibit the use of chains, but it holds customers responsible if chains cause damage to the rented vehicle. Budget has much the same policy. Avis does make chains available on a rental basis at some locations, usually at a rate of $6 a day or $30 a week.
Many all-season tires do great in the rain and bare pavement year-round. While a set of all-season tires can offer some traction in light snow and the occasional winter storm, they're not designed for deep snow, ice, and cold weather (when temperatures stay below ~45º F).
Tire chains for cars should only be used if there is a layer of snow or ice on the road. Using chains on bare pavement can cause substantial damage to both your tires and the road itself. It always pays to be careful when driving in freezing conditions, but chains require a whole new level of attention and care.
All Evo vehicles are also outfitted with Mud and Snow tires which meet BC's winter tire requirements.
All season tires have the M + S symbol, meaning mud and snow, and in B.C. they are considered the minimum acceptable winter tire. However, you could be turned away on some roads where only tires bearing the three peak snow flake symbol and the M + S are allowed.
Where and when are winter tires required? Winter tires or chains are required on most routes in British Columbia from October 1 to March 31. For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the date will be extended until April 30 to account for early-spring snowfall.
In the province of Quebec, all vehicle fleet are required to be equipped with Winter Tires by law during the period of December 15th to March 15th. All contracts orginating from the province of Quebec incur a daily Tire Management Fee of $2.81 CAD per day. This is a year round fee.
What is a Legal Winter Tire in B.C.? A legal winter tire (on a standard passenger vehicle or a four-wheel/all-wheel vehicle) MUST have at least 3.5 mm of tread depth. A winter tire must be labelled with either of the following: The letters "M" and "S", the minimum legal requirement (mud + snow/all season tires)