Ladders burn to the last drop

Quebec drivers are increasingly finding themselves dry on the road after hesitating to fill up on gas, prices of which have skyrocketed these days.

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“It’s really intense. I run out about a dozen gasoline a week, whereas I used to have 10 a month,” says Yannick Ouellet-Ménard, operations manager at Remorquage Ménard in the Verdun neighborhood of Montreal. .


Rejean Breton.  President APDQ

Photo Dominique Scali

Rejean Breton. President APDQ

Several members of the Association of Professional Troubleshooting of Quebec (APDQ) make a similar observation, according to their president.

The change in behavior was noticeable when the price per liter broke through the psychological $2 mark last month.

“Drivers who don’t have the budget to deal with the rise in fuel prices are trying to ‘manage’ their fuel gauge,” observes Réjean Breton, head of the APDQ.

And with averages of $2.23 per liter in Quebec City and $2.21 in Montreal on Saturday, the trend is only getting stronger.


“Apparently people are hoping prices will go down and would rather put down a few $20 here and there than fill up,” said Nicolas Martel, dispatcher at Larouche Remorquage in Quebec.

traffic and diversions

But it’s a dangerous life, he says. A traffic jam or an unplanned detour is enough to quickly drop the fuel needle.

On Saturday afternoon alone, his colleagues rescued three vehicles that had run out of fuel on the heavily congested Pierre Laporte Bridge.

“Maybe they didn’t expect to be caught in such heavy traffic,” he says.

In the event of a breakdown, dropping off a can of petrol remains the easiest solution to get out of trouble and get to the nearest gas station.

Misuse of Delivery

However, drivers seem to abuse this service, which is included in some CAA Quebec packages.

“There are those who call up a gas delivery to save $10, $15, or $20. Our drivers understand that the person is a little cheap and purposely finished,” says Brian
Dansereau, Dispatcher for Kar-Pro, active in the Montreal area.

CAA-Quebec did not respond to questions from the protocol Saturday.

The CAA Ontario branch still listed 1,004 cases of fuel shortages in May 2022, compared with 732 at the same time the previous year, CTV News reported Saturday.

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