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Why Snow Tires

 

The Globe & Mail recently wrote a great article on snow tires. You either have snow tires or don't have them... there doesn't seem to be any middle ground. You are a firm beliver or don't really think about getting a set. Well we live in Canada so start thinking about getting a set installed before the snow flies.

In some places like Toronto the snow in less frequent than other places but that doesn't mean you don't need winter tires.

In a recent survey by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), 66 per cent of Canadians said they own winter tires. Provincially, that ranges from a high of 86 per cent in Quebec, where winter tires are required by law, to a low of 48 per cent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

So what's the big difference? All season tires are good enough right? Not so fast...

Sure, winter is a season, but all-season tires aren’t designed for the cold. When the temperature drops, rubber tires start to get hard and lose their grip on pavement. What does this mean for you? Well the car takes longer to stop and will slide. Winter tires are made differently that all season tires, they are made with a softer rubber compound, making them way better in the winter.

No convinced yet? By having a set of winter tires you'll stop faster, have way more tracksion, be able to drive comfortablely when it's snowing. Always listen to the radio and stay off the roads when necessary.

 

What to do if your car needs towing after an accident

 

It's impossible not to stress or freak out when you've had an accident: you're in shock, so the first thing you need to do is get to safety as quick as possible. Get your car off the road if possible or leave the car and seek a safe place. Then suddenly a tow truck driver arrives to move your car and you're so relieved you could just about hug them.

Once your in a safe place call for medical help if needed, otherwise call the police and a tow truck. Usually all you need to do is call the police and a tow truck will be on route.

 

Bicycle Saftey - MTO Website information. www.mto.gov.on.ca

 

Learn more about safe cycling:

Cycling Skills: Ontario's Guide to Safe Cycling (PDF - 9 MB) : a detailed handbook of rules and safety standards for any rider Young Cyclist's Guide (PDF - 2.83 MB) : a kid-friendly handbook book of cycling safety tips and rules for young riders

What is a bicycle?

A bicycle, or bike, is a vehicle that:

  • has one, two or three wheels (a unicycle, bicycle or tricycle)
  • has steering handlebars and pedals
  • does not have a motor. For motor-assisted bikes, read about electric bicycles or scooters and mopeds

Licence and registration

Bicycles do not require:

  • registration
  • licence plates
  • vehicle insurance
  • a driver's licence

People of all ages can ride a bike. Rules of the road

As a cyclist, you must share the road with others (e.g., cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, etc.).

Under Ontario's Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a bicycle is a vehicle, just like a car or truck.

Cyclists:

  • must obey all traffic laws
  • have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers
  • cannot carry passengers - if your bicycle is only meant for one person

Riding on the right

You must stay as close to the right edge of the road whenever possible, especially if you're slower than other traffic.

 

Spring care for your car

 

After a long Canadian winter, you’re likely ready to go away this spring during March Break. Before you hit the road, you should get your car or truck preparded for spring prior to leaving for your vacation.

Winter’s cold temperatures and icy conditions have been hard on your car, so it is likely your vehicle are showing some signs of wear and tear. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify any problems, before they become major ones.

Here are some tips to keep your car running safely this spring and summer:

  1. Change your oil and oil filter
  2. Check your fluids
  3. Check your charging system (battery)
  4. Fix your windshield (fix any chips)
  5. Check your lighting
  6. Check your belts and hoses
  7. Check your filters
  8. Check your tires

 

What to do if your car won't start in cold weather

 

To prevent starting issues in cold weather, there are a few things you can do to help your car start on those very cold winter days.

Car batteries are made better and better every year, having said that; car batteries produce less electrical current when it’s cold, due to the chemical reaction being slower than on a warm day. On those cold Canadian winter days, batteries simply don’t produce the same amount of power as warm batteries, and this effect can lead to starting issues. If you live in a cold weather environment, a block heater is a must.

When it’s cold, engine oil becomes thicker and doesn’t flow around the engine as well. This means it’s more difficult to pump through the engine block, placing additional strain on the battery. This is another reason to get a block heater installed in your car or truck. If the battery is already low on power, this can result in a non-starter.

In the rare event that there’s moisture in the fuel lines, this can freeze and cause a fuel blockage, meaning the engine won’t start. This is particularly common in the fuel lines, which are thin and easily blocked by ice. And as for diesel drivers, bear in mind that diesel ‘gels’ in the cold, meaning it will take longer to deliver power to the engine on start-up. To help with this potential issue, keep your gass tank full during the winter months.

 

Things you need to know before you tow

 

  • Know you rating: It’s important to be aware of the capability of your truck or car. Car manufactures are notoriously secretive about true towing figures to avoid conforming to a standardized metric that would make for easy comparison against competitors
  • Hitching up it's important to properly hookup your trailer. Be sure to double check and tripple check all of the chains, lights and any other safty cables
  • Check you lights Make is a habit to do a walk around and check all of the trailer lights, not only is it safe but it will also help you avoid any tickets

Bill 213 Will It Work?

 

Ontario Provincial Police break down crash statistics into the Big Four: distracted driving, speed, seatbelt usage and alcohol and drugs. So far for 2017, they’ve reported an 80 per cent increase over last year in a category that seems to want to bully its way into the big leagues: aggressive driving.

In 2016, OPP reported “65 people died in OPP-investigated collisions last year in which an inattentive driver was either a contributing factor or the primary cause of the death. In comparison to the other Big Four categories, 2016 ended with 55 speed-related, 53 seatbelt-related and 45 alcohol-related deaths.”

That would make distracted – hey you, put down the phone – the big one. But current numbers have police scrambling to contain a growing phenomenon, the aggressive drivers. Up from 15 fatalities all of last year to 27 just to this date, police are quick to point out we haven’t officially entered summer, the dangerous, silly season of people driving over their heads

This story was recently reported by www.driving.ca website

for complete information regarding Bill 213 visit the Ontario Governments website.