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First P.E.I. snowfall drives home the need for tire change

Stephen LeClair breaks a summer tire from the rim as he prepares to replace it with a studded winter tire. LeClair’s Tire and Automotive shop had been busy with tire changes all last week, but Thursday night’s snowfall shifted the process into high gear.
Stephen LeClair breaks a summer tire from the rim as he prepares to replace it with a studded winter tire. LeClair’s Tire and Automotive shop had been busy with tire changes all last week, but Thursday night’s snowfall shifted the process into high gear. - Eric McCarthy
ALBERTON, P.E.I. —

The phone was “ringing off the wall” at LeClair’s Tire and Automotive in Alberton on the morning of Nov. 8. 

With the season’s first snowfall whitening the ground the night before, people were in the mood to replace their summers tires with winter treads. 

Office manager Lois LeClair said the shop floor had been busy with tire changes all week but the Thursday night snowfall clicked things into high gear. 

“I try to fit in as many people as I can,” she said while scanning the appointment schedule which already looked quite crammed.

Out in the shop, all four workers were in various stages of tire changes. Outside, light snow continued to fall. Motorists woke up to another messy drive Tuesday morning and, while that snow, like the stuff that fell last week, soon disappeared, they can be sure that the messy winter drives have just barely begun.

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