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Still Haven’t Purchased Your Winter Tires? You Might Be In For A Bad Surprise

This perfect storm of circumstances has put serious strains on winter tire inventories this year


  • Remember Canadian snowbirds? They’re not going to Florida this year.

  • They number in the hundreds of thousands and many will need winter tires this year.

  • As well, many car owners left their winter tires on all year because of the COVID lockdown last spring.


With a jump in winter tire demand for the upcoming 2020-21 winter season and, in many cases, limited supplies, many Canadian (and northern US drivers) may find themselves without the proper equipment to drive about as temperatures drop.

Let’s recap: COVID-19 hit North America at the end of last winter, we were locked down during springtime, production facilities of all kinds were idled, as were shops, and now winter is almost upon us once again.

Winter tires test
Winter tires test | Photo: Nokian Tyres

Many motorists opted or were forced to keep their winters tires on their vehicles all through summer. As we know, winter tire compounds are typically softer and tend to wear out faster than all-season or summer tires. Many of these vehicle owners may need new winter tires. This will create demand.

Because of the ongoing pandemic in the US and Canada, non-essential border crossings are forbidden. This means that hundreds of thousands of Canadians, who were typically on the road south at this point in time, will be spending winter in the country. This will likely cause an even greater increase in demand.

Given that all manners of production facilities were closed or idled last spring, normal winter tire inventories might be low. More specifically, they might be too low to supply the typical demand. Factoring in the unusual spike in demand, winter tire shortages may become a real problem.

Here’s some sound advice: Call your local tire shop now. Make an appointment as quickly as possible. Don’t wait as you might find yourself without winter tire this year.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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