Monthly Archives: January 2016

Traction vs. Steering: Steer smoothly
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Traction vs. Steering: Steer smoothly

The key to keeping your tires from spinning or skidding can be summed up in one word: smoothness. With the reduced traction available on snow and ice, any quick force applied at the tires – through a harsh movement of the steering wheel, or quick application of the accelerator or brake pedals – can cause […]

Driving in a winter whiteout
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Driving in a winter whiteout

Look for special notices and storm warnings that may include both snow and wind for the two together can compound an already treacherous situation. Blowing snow creates whiteouts that completely block the driver’s view, just as effectively as fog. If blowing snow conditions are forecast, it makes sense to delay the drive until conditions improve. […]

Boosting a dead battery
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Boosting a dead battery

The long-term solution may be a new battery but the immediate one is a set of jumper cables and a “donor” vehicle. PRECAUTIONS Before you connect those cables and try to start your vehicle pay heed to a few extremely important safety issues: Sparks: Even a seemingly dead battery will maintain some charge and the […]

Canadian Driving Laws That Make You Think
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Canadian Driving Laws That Make You Think

There is no law that requires slow drivers to get out of the way if they are travelling slower than you in Ontario. Flashing high beams as a signal to have slower drivers move out of the way can actually create a traffic hazard. “You might be confusing them or you might be pissing them […]

Drive Safe This Winter
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Drive Safe This Winter

SAFE DRIVING TIPS Turn off your phone before you drive. Park your vehicle before texting or calling someone. Ask passengers in the vehicle to answer calls, read or write texts for you while you drive. Download one of these safe driving apps: OneTap – This free app uses GPS to detect when you’re in a […]

Driving this winter?
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Driving this winter?

Any travel during winter months is risky. Storms come out of nowhere, roads become icy quickly and inexperienced drivers take unwise risks. Be prepared to stay safe on the road thanks to eight winter driving tips. 1. Check the forecast. In less than a minute, you can find out if you’ll be driving in fog, […]