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Pro Tip: Winter tires

Kelvin S., Regional Fleet Manager, Metro Vancouver

Kelvin Stokes Modo Staff

My Modo neighbourhood: Coquitlam

My Favourite Modo: Fiat 500 Abarth (when there is no snow in the forecast) 

Where I Modo: The ferry terminal and then head to the Island for the weekend!

My Tip of the Month: Book our winterized fleet — check for winter tires and roof racks!


As we get closer to the holiday season, the first thought the fleet team has every year is preparing Modos for the winter and making sure they’re safe on the roads. We currently have 100+ Modos equipped with winter tires, including the entire fleet in Kelowna, and as winter approaches our winterized fleet will grow. There are a total of 65 + vehicles in the fleet with all-wheel drive and 16 vehicles with roof racks. Check out the “Large & Loadable” category for the best roomy rides to get to the ski hill!

Photo Credit: Tony Edwards

How to book a winterized Modo:

You can quickly find a Modo with winter tires by using the Filter Search when booking online or on your phone.

  • Click New Booking
  • Select Required Accessories filter
  • Choose any accessories you want for your trip, including winter tires (all wheel drives, roof racks, winter tires etc.)
  • Confirm your choices and then click Search to pull up a customized list to choose from

FYI, winter sports fans — our caravans have roof racks ready to transport your gear!

BC Provincial Regulations

There are Regulatory Signs posted in various locations on numbered and un-numbered highways throughout the province. The sign below is one you may encounter during the winter to keep roads and drivers safe:

M+S stands for Mud and Snow and indicates that the tire meets the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) all-season tire definition. Tires with the M+S designation are required, with a tread depth of a minimum of 3.5mm. Remember that most highways in British Columbia required winter tires from October 1st to March 31st.

Tires marked with the symbol of a mountain and snowflake meet specific snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in severe conditions. It’s important to note that not all tires feature both symbols like the one pictured below.

But, what about chains?

Modo strongly advises against the use of tire chains. They are difficult to install, have a maximum vehicle speed of 30km/h, and can be very dangerous and destructive if they come off inadvertently. Our damage pool coverage does not cover damage caused by tire chains. If you’re going somewhere snowy, we recommend booking one of our all-wheel drives!

Stay safe out there this winter and always check the road and weather conditions before heading out on your next Modo adventure!

Modo Co-operative
Vancouver604.685.1393
Victoria250.995.0265
Nanaimo250.741.4141
Kelowna250.469.6617
Modo Co-operative
Vancouver604.685.1393
Victoria250.995.0265
Nanaimo250.741.4141
Kelowna250.469.6617
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