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’
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.