Tire shortage raises concerns over slippery winter roads | WGN 720 radio


ATLANTA (Nation Now) – The supply chain issues are not over yet. A nationwide tire shortage is now making these winter roads harder and more expensive to ride.

David Hay, chairman of Hay Tires Pros, said the shortage is a mixture of squeezing global shipping containers, pandemic disruption in the rubber industry and increasing demand from China.

“The ones made in America, no problem,” he said. “But the high-end Asian tires are the ones we have problems with. They are stuck on ships on the west coast.

Hay said the shortage is causing major stress to the auto industry.

“It causes all kinds of stress. Then you add in the chassis shortages, driver shortages, truck shortages – it’s a real problem. “

Body shops in Lansing, Michigan are facing the same issues, especially when it comes to snow tire demand this winter. Client Shawn Foxworth is also feeling the pressure.

“We were looking for different brands,” he said. Foxworth was looking for tires before a planned road trip, but due to the backlog he ended up waiting longer than expected.

“It took a long time to get here,” he said.

He also mentioned that consumer prices for tires had also increased.

“We didn’t pay that much for them last year,” Foxworth said.

The growing list of insufficient auto parts makes moving more difficult and more expensive.

the National Road Safety Administration recommends that drivers check their tires at least once a month during the winter season.


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