Car Experts Warn Of Tire Issues In Ice And Snow

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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February 3, 2011

While not many people like driving in ice and snow, it's safe to say even fewer like driving in it with bad tires.

"Matter of fact, I was kind of driving weird just getting here, so yeah, it will be nice to get some new tires," said Christopher Robinson, as he was waiting for his car to get out of the shop.

Robinson is just one customer flooding into Bosley Tires since the storm hit.

"One man's poison is another man's gravy, so when we have snow, we have a lot of customers," said Bosley Tires General Manager Jim McDavitt.

Customers have problems including everything from blown tires to bent and damaged wheels from when drivers get stuck.

"People don't realize the forces involved, and of course when you have tow trucks come out and pull you out of the snow, that can do damage," said McDavitt.

McDavitt also says tire tread can make a significant difference, but sometimes it takes a storm for people to realize their tread is too low.

"Tire tread is essential, and it suddenly dawns on a lot of people, 'Hey, I've gotta do something," said McDavitt. "There's a variety of problems, but they don't discover them until the situation gets severe. That's what we see, that's the reality."

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