Winter is perpetually coming in Quebec and the last thing any car owner wants is to be stuck, unprepared, and without any clue of what to do when the first surprise winter storm pummels the province. So it's important to know some of Quebec's winter driving rules before the season hits.\nEven veterans of our blustery winters get surprised when the first big snowstorm happens as if it's the first winter they've ever seen. Trust me, I've been there and I've lived here most of my life. \nWhile winter driving can indeed be a comedy of errors, here's how you can avoid being the punchline this winter. \nEditor's Choice: Old Montreal's Enchanted Alleyway Christmas Market Is Officially Coming Back This Year\n\nThe Most Essential: Winter Tires!\n View this post on Instagram Oh Canada...🇨🇦 #canadianwinters #winterincanada #montrealwinters #montrealwinter2020 A post shared by Fernanda Dias (@2graphic) on Feb 7, 2020 at 4:23pm PST\n\nIf you're new to Quebec and you have a car, you 100% have to invest in winter tires. There's literally no other choice. \nAnd trust me, you're going to need them. \nThe Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) stipulates that all cars must be equipped with winter tires from December 1 to March 15. \nIf you're caught without winter tires, you can incur a fine between $200 and $300.\nThe SAAQ highly recommends that you equip your winter tires before December 1 because a heavy snowfall in November is all but guaranteed. \n\nBe Prepared For The Worst\n[Prêt pour l'hiver?] ❄️ Pour certains, la vue de la 1ère neige est excitante, alors que pour d'autres, elle donne envie d'hiberner jusqu'au printemps prochain. Quoi qu'il en soit, la saison froide amène son lot d'imprévus sur la route. Si vous avez à sortir, soyez prudents. pic.twitter.com/rsurlciZrf— STM - Prenons soin de nous. (@stminfo) November 3, 2020\n\nIn addition to winter tires, be sure to prepare your car for winter survival.\nThis means topping up your anti-freeze fluid, making sure your car is in good working condition, and perhaps most importantly, buying yourself a car brush and shovel. \nConsider this: it's 7 in the morning and you're already late for work because an STM bus and like, 12 cars are stuck in the snow.\nYour car is a literal igloo. You have no way of digging it out and you guess what? You forgot to buy gloves. Congratulations! You're screwed. \nAnd don't even think about driving that "mobile igloo" if you manage to unstick yourself from the snowbank because that'll cost hundreds of dollars in fines. \nThe SAAQ says "a vehicle’s windshield and windows must be cleared of any matter that might reduce visibility for the driver" and "no person may drive a vehicle covered with ice, snow, or any other matter that may detach from the vehicle."\n"The Ministère des Transports" also "recommends that you do a proper tune-up before the cold hits" just to make sure everything is in working order.\nFinally, the SAAQ reminds you to "clear your exhaust pipe and ventilate the inside of your vehicle from time to time" to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.\n\nA Loud Siren WILL Wake You Up In A Panic At 5 A.M. \nTo avoid the embarrassment and potential hazard of rushing to move your car when the snow removal trucks come, there are a couple of simple things to remember. \nIn Montreal, snow removal crews put up signs prohibiting parking when a crew is anticipated to clean your street either the day of or the night before. There are similar rules in other municipalities. \nWhile winter driving is stressful and can be a total mess, following these rules will make your commute better and give you peace of mind all winter long.