Salt is not the only hot commodity on the roads these days – snow tires are also few and far between.
Canadian Tire Automotive Manager Rob Caya says snow tires are flying off the shelves across the chain.
He says with the recent weather, both stores’ and tire suppliers’ stocks are depleted, and extra emergency orders are being made weekly.
“It’s unusual for us to be this busy after Christmas. Normally, it’s like people going on trips before Christmas, which is a lot of our customers, and going to Whistler and stuff like that, so people kept their tires in December.”
He says despite the run, some drivers looking to make the switch this week could be in luck.
“So we had to source out common sizes, common tire sizes, and emergency order them into our store, so they just actually arrived yesterday. So if you’re lucky enough to have a common tire size on your vehicle, you’re in luck.”
But Caya says if you drive a vehicle with a larger tire size, and those tires are not in stock, you may have to wait seven to 10 days.
Winter tires, as opposed to all seasons, are capable of maintaining their elasticity at temperatures below 7°C.
They perform better on cold dry roads, and are recommended by ICBC for any driving in snow or ice.
And while they are mandatory on many highways, they aren’t legally required in Metro Vancouver.
However, city officials, police, and ICBC have laid some of the blame for problems on the region’s roads on drivers who haven’t swapped to winter tires.