VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Some local tire shops are increasing staffing levels, as more and more drivers try to get winter tires.
Abrar Siddique with the Kal Tire at Ontario and Southwest Marine Drive in Vancouver says for them, there’s currently a two-week waiting list.
“When temperatures go down below seven degrees, all-season tire or three-season tire rubber becomes much harder and it starts losing traction,” he explained.
“On the other hand, winter tires are soft rubber — very good traction below seven degrees. Even if there’s no snow, we always recommend putting winter tires when temperatures go down below seven degrees.”
If you haven’t changed your tires over yet, Siddique says you’re already behind schedule.
“They should do it in November, instead of the beginning of December,” he said.
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He thinks people have learned from recent winters, including the especially snowy and icy one two years ago.
“Two years back, I remember … everyone rushed together and did not find any tires. They were looking for any kind of winter tires, but they weren’t available. Everyone was out,” he said.
Siddique says last year, the crowds arrived earlier than the year before. “This year … in November, we had a good rush.”
Remember, you are required to have winter tires on your vehicle while travelling on out-of-town highways until the end of April. They must have at least 3.5 mm of tread depth and be labelled with either the letters “M+S” or have an image of a three-peaked mountain with a snowflake symbol.
The province recommends mountain snowflake tires for cold weather driving, saying they offer better traction on snow and ice.