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Rochester area drivers scramble for snow tires

January 19, 2019 08:12 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - As a predicted snowstorm closed in, Rochester area drivers scrambled to get their cars ready by installing new tires.  

"Every winter season, we get mad rushes as soon as it starts to get cold," laughed Dennis Williams, owner of My-Tee Automotive.

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Williams guessed his garage had seen three times its normal tire business in the fourth quarter of last year and an even sharper surge in the past few days as weather forecasts warned of a coming heavy snowfall.

That surge became a series of frantic phone calls, some of which Williams reluctantly declined.

"When we have big storms moving in and things like that, there are so many people calling to get in that we just can't possibly handle it all," he explained. "We do get a lot of people saying 'oh, you know I shouldn't have waited so long' but there's only so much you can do."

Last winter, Williams recalled getting a call from a car owner who wanted a vehicle towed to the garage after it had already run off the road in the snow.

By then, he chuckled, it needed more than just a new set of tires. 

Williams pointed out that motorists do have a variety of options from high-end snow tires to hybrids to all-season tires.

For optimal performance and safety in the snow, he suggested snow tires but urged that new tires, of any variety, would be preferable to bald ones.

He also cautioned that snow tires will need to come off and be replaced with all-season tires in the spring because they would quickly disintegrate and wear out in warmer weather.

News10NBC will keep you up to date on-air and online with full coverage of the winter storm. 

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Charles Molineaux

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