Tire shops stock up for winter rush
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012 4:56PM MDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 4, 2012 1:00PM MDT
Tire technicians are often guided by Mother Nature when it comes to workload and say a forecast for snow usually means they are going to be working overtime.
Vehicles were packed into tire shop parking lots on Wednesday.
Many mechanics work on a first-come-first-serve basis and drivers didn't waste any time getting their tires changed over to winter treads.
Tire specialists say they're used to seeing motorists wait until the last minute to have their tires changed and say that the first snow fall of the season always brings out the early bird drivers.
Workers say cars have to be left at the shop for the work to be done.
Right now it is taking upwards of six hours to get the work done when a few weeks ago it was only about an hour wait.
Mechanics say they know it is going to get busier as we get closer to winter.
“Having a winter tire on, the tires will stay soft until -35, an All-season tire will freeze at -7, so it's definitely beneficial having a winter tire on for all your starting, stopping,” said Byron Bell from Fountain Tire.
For the last three years, Glen Mortimer has been traveling to clients homes to change tires.
“Once we get into the last week of October, and into November it's just going to be crazy, right now people are getting it in. In two days notice and we're going to be there to take care of your vehicle,” said Mortimer.
He says business is booming, especially right now as the weather cools.