With ice and snow covering the roads many people are starting to realize they need new tires for their vehicle. And the rush for new rubber means business is revving up for local tire shops.
The first big snow means big business for Big O Tires. Assistant manager David Raymond says, "We call it snow blast in the tire industry and we have been swamped."
The recent winter whiteout served as a big reminder for many people that their tires might not have the traction they used to. "Four new tires," says, Debbie Wayland of her purchase Friday. Wayland is just one of the many people getting their tires changed. "Little tiny unforeseen cracks all in the surface of the tire," says Wayland about what was wrong with her old tires.
Raymond says in the last week they have been doing about 70 cars a day. "Yesterday we did about 82 cars, day before that we did about 75," says Raymond. 82 being a store record.
Raymond says anyone driving over the mountains or in heavy snow on a regular basis should consider buying snow tires. Raymond says, "For the most part a decent all season tire should do it for you here locally." Drivers should also rotate their tires every three thousand miles and periodically check tires for wear.
Raymond also says to check the tire in your trunk. "Nothing is worse than getting a flat tire and then going to put on your spare and realizing that your spare is flat as well," says, Raymond.
Big O Tires says safety is an everyday issue, but they're happy to help out when Mother Nature sends out a reminder.