ERJ staff report (TB)
Quebec City, Canada - Drivers in Quebec are delaying their seasonal tyre change, leading to possible â€œunfortunate consequencesâ€ in the weeks ahead, according to the not-for-profit organisation CAA-Quebec.
CAA-Quebec contrated the owners of some of its approved auto repair services who confirmed that many motorists are delaying their seasonal tyre change.
The group reminded Canadian drivers in an October news release that all-season tyres gradually lose their elasticity once the temperature falls to 7 C (44.6 F) 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 Dec. 15, it is best to be safe than sorry by driving with tyres that are suited to the weather conditions.
â€œSome garages are seeing delays of one to two weeks in tyre installation compared to last year at this time,â€ said Sophie Gagnon of CAA-Quebec. â€œThis could lead to unfortunate consequences in the coming weeks for motorists who still haven't made appointments.
â€œIn 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.â€
CAA-Quebec also noted that installing winter tyres provides an ideal opportunity for a pre-winter vehicle check-up.
The organisation was founded in 1904, and provides automotive, travel, residential and financial services to its 1.1 million members in Canada.
From Tire Business (A Crain publication)