Published on October 31, 2013
Derrick Carroll was busy installing new winter tires on a vehicle Thursday afternoon. Carroll, manager of Coast Tire and Auto Service on McClures Mills Road in Truro, said hundreds of people have been replacing their all-season tires with winter tires in the past few weeks. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
Published on October 31, 2013
Winter tires, left, and all-weather tires.
TRURO – Local tire shops have been swamped as people are replacing their all-season tires for winter tires before the first snow arrives.
Derrick Carroll, manager of Coast Tire and Auto Service on McClures Mills Road in Truro, told the Truro Daily News on Thursday afternoon that the business has easy changed or installed “hundreds” of winter tires a week for a couple of weeks now.
“It’s been very busy, especially with cold mornings and slick roads … all it takes is for a few (people) to slide off (the road),” Carroll said.
Ideally, said Carroll, winter tires should be on vehicles by the end of October. He added, “women tend to be more prepared and tend to be more proactive and men are more reactive.”
Carroll said clients also seem to be more educated and do more Internet researches on when to put on winter tires and what to look for.
“It’s easy to spend $1,000 on (four new) winter tires … you should buy the best you can afford and don’t wait until the first snow. And it’s better to buy four tires instead of two,” he added so weight and traction will be equal on the vehicle.
Jerry Moore, owner of Moore’s Service Centre on Willow Street in Truro, said his business is booking winter tire changes into the “second, third week of November.”
“It’s the same thing every year … it starts mid-October until the Christmas break,” said Moore. “The trend is a lot of people are going back to studs. For a number of years that wasn’t the case but it’s the best for a safe ride on black ice.”
Moore said the longevity of a good winter tire fluctuates, especially with the amount of use and road conditions, but, “around here they can last generally two or three seasons” because the softened rubber on heartier, winter tires enables them to “grab” onto snow and ice but because of that they “don’t last as long as all-weather (tires).”
Danny Gill, at A1 Tires Ltd. on Willow Street, confirmed studded tires were legally available on Oct. 15. He said even though it’s been very busy at that business as well, another influx of people will arrive on the first day of snowfall.
“A lot of people procrastinate,” he said, adding when the temperature falls to seven degrees Celcius or lower “all-season tires will harden up and be like a hockey puck and slide on ice.”
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department area manager James Webster said motorists should definitely be thinking about road and winter safety now.
“This is the time to think about it. We are doing road patrols to identify those areas” of concern, such as bridge decks.
“There could be precipitation on the road in the morning and bridge decks could have frost which leads to slippery conditions,” said Webster. “Just remember, if it looks wet there’s always potential for ice … some people take that for granted” at this time of year before the extreme temperatures set in.
The following are a few tips for buying new winter tires:
- Make sure that you actually need new tires.
- Make sure that your vehicle is in good shape.
- Check your owners manual and information placard.
- Decipher the tire code.
- Consider the wheels.
- Buy a full, matching set.
- Check on your spare.
- Break in your new tires carefully.
- Maintain your new tires.
* Information from http://autos.aol.com/article/buying-tires/