ERJ staff report (LMH)
Quebec City, Canada - Drivers in Quebec are delaying their seasonal tyre change, leading to possible â€œunfortunate consequencesâ€ in the weeks ahead, according to not-for-profit organisation CAA-Quebec.
CAA-Quebec contracted the owners of some of its approved auto repair services who confirmed that many motorists are delaying their seasonal tyre change.
CAA-Quebec reminded Canadian drivers in a 28 Oct news release that all-season tires gradually lose their elasticity once the temperature falls to 7 degrees Celsius and that premature wear on winter tyres is â€œnot something to fear at this time of year.â€
The organisation said that although the installation of winter tyres is not compulsory until 15 Dec, it is best to be safe than sorry, by driving with tyres that are suited to the weather conditions.
"Some garages are seeing delays of one to two weeks in tire installation compared to last year at this time," said Sophie Gagnon of CAA-Quebec. "This could lead to unfortunate consequences in the coming weeks for motorists who still haven't made appointments. In addition, the first snowfall requires a period of adjustment in driving habits, and this will be much easier if your car is equipped with winter tyres. It is better to act now and avoid being caught unprepared when the snow comes."
CAA-Quebec also noted that installing winter tyres provides an ideal opportunity for a pre-winter vehicle check-up.
The not-for-profit organisation was founded in 1904, and provides automotive, travel, residential and financial services to its 1.1 million members.
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Press release from CAA-Quebec