First Snow + Wrong Tires + No Road Salt = Havoc in Montreal



The first dusting of snow has fallen on Montreal. What in November is a lovely white blanket is a nightmare in April, evoking shouts of ‘Enough already’ and ‘Uncle’Scooter

The Canadian province of Quebec has a law that stipulates we must have winter tires (not all season tires as they only apply if you live somewhere with only Spring, Summer and Autumn) on our cars from December 15th to March 15th. By passing this law several years ago the government recognized the importance of proper winter tires. Therefore the law needs to be amended and a proviso included stating that when winter conditions exist outside of the three month mandatory period, driving without winter tires will be deemed illegal. A snowfall in November or April is no less problematic than one in January.


This morning’s dusting of snow has caused havoc on the roads because many drivers are out there without winter tires, for some reason waiting until the last minute to install them.


This was exacerbated by a distinct absence of salt on the city’s roads and highways. Administrations, in an effort to save money and knowing the temperature is forecast to rise again later today, sometimes let Mother Nature deal with the snow. Yes, they just let it melt. Unfortunately today’s rush hour was not the time to go salt-free!


What for my Significantly Better Half is usually a twenty minute drive was ninety tense minutes this morning.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

2 thoughts on “First Snow + Wrong Tires + No Road Salt = Havoc in Montreal

  1. So … is the government opening places which will lickety split put your snows on your car if you get an early or late snow? Because around here, there’s always a waiting list to get the tires changed so I can just see in my mind’s eye the madness surrounding everyone trying to get their tires changed simultaneously. Especially since every household has multiple vehicles. It sounds like a Marx brothers movie.

    • You can have your tires changed anywhere anytime. It is up to you. But during the three months stipulated it is mandatory. I believe part of the reasoning behind the law was to keep people from using all season tires which are pretty useless in our winters.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s