Driving in the winter can be highly dangerous, especially if you are not a seasoned or even a skilled driver. To avoid collisions with other vehicles or random trees, you must take the necessary precautionary measures. First, you must know how cold weather affects your car and prepare it for harsh winter driving conditions. And second, you need to know how to drive safely in the winter to avoid skidding on ice. The danger of your car skidding on ice is greatest when the ice takes you by surprise. Since not all vehicles respond the same way to icy, slippery roads, learn how to handle your … [Read more...]
Car Corrosion: The Hazard of Road Salt (updated)
It’s common knowledge that snow and icy road conditions can cause car accidents. That is also why salt is used on the roads since it helps to melt snow and ice and provides some extra traction when combined with sand. That is why washing your car in the midst of winter is important aside from it looking clean, but also to removing the salt that accumulates. Cleaning road salt from your car’s surface is the best practice to help prevent rust damage. The car's undercarriage is often the worst affected by road salt corrosion. Brake lines are typically another of the areas affected, so … [Read more...]
Ice Safety Guide (updated)
It’s not unusual for Canadians to go out to a frozen lake in the winter, right? Get some peace and quiet, enjoy the fresh air, rest from your phone… But are you sure you know what to expect and what to do if something unexpected happens? Read on! When going out on a lake for ice fishing, skating, or even snowmobiling, you should prepare yourself as much as possible to avoid going through the ice and having to deal with thin ice. Here are some dos and don’t’s: The first tip to walking on ice safely is to never go out on the ice alone. Go out with another person and keep a good distance … [Read more...]
What Is the Best Wax For Your Car?
You may think that car waxing is something you do only in the summer – to make your car shiny and beautiful when the sun’s rays shine upon it, but it’s more necessary for winter car protection. It provides your vehicle with a protective layer against the elements – snow, sleet, ice on the streets, and the salt used by road crews to melt said ice. It likes to stick to your car's undercarriage, wheels, and brakes and lead to corrosion of metal parts exposed to it. But, how to know which type of car wax is the right product for you? Stick with us to find out! If you have a straightforward … [Read more...]
5 Best All-Season Tires You Can Drive With in the Winter (updated)
Winter is here! Regardless of whether or not you enjoy the snowy delights of the white season, you must prepare for it by getting the best all-season tires in snow conditions. Get winter tires, have the battery tested, check the fluids, keep the windshield clear, inspect all car lights, add a coat of wax, build an emergency kit and you are all set for winter! If you dread spending too much time meddling with your car, just remember that taking care of all of these little things will lessen the influence cold weather has on your car during the winter months. Moreover, it will also help you … [Read more...]
Do Electric Vehicles Work Well During Winter? (Infographic)
Electric vehicles are an unknown to a lot of people even today - you wonder how far it can travel, how everything works, what maintenance is like, and of course, how much it costs. With winter closing in, one of the questions most frequently asked about cars powered by electricity is also How well can they stand harsh winter conditions (especially in Canada). Take a look at our new infographic for the answer to this question. If you have any issues with your car, or just want to do a checkup, come to our repair shops in Hamilton and Cambridge, … [Read more...]
Should You Wax Your Car in the Sun?
A number of drivers like to have their cars spick and span at all times. That doesn’t mean the others don’t take (good) care of their vehicles, it just means that certain people like to have, see and drive an immaculately clean car ALWAYS. They perform regular car maintenance, clean it thoroughly at least once a day, wax it and don’t let you get in with muddy shoes and food in your hands. That being said, even if you do not fall into this category, you must have had your car waxed at least once in your driving lifetime - or may have done it yourself - which could have caused you to wonder how … [Read more...]
When Should You Take Off Your Winter Tires?
Spring is slowly showing its face and aside from the drivers who couldn’t wait for the snow and mud to go away, their cars must be ecstatic as well. They’d tell you so themselves - IF they could talk. A little more time and gone will be the dangers of cold weather - corrosion, tire pressure fluctuation, dead battery, thickening fluids, wiper malfunction, leakage and increased fuel consumption. Gone will be slippery and ice-covered roads and heavy tires to go tackle them will be ready to be taken off. But when should you take off your winter tires and go with the all-season or summer ones? Stay … [Read more...]
What to Do If Trapped in a Snow Storm (Infographic)
There are at least a few things you can do to NOT get trapped into a snow storm at all - properly prepare your car for winter weather and make sure you are driving safely and in accordance with the conditions. However, should you nevertheless find yourself in the situation, here is what you need to do to make the experience as painless as possible. Take a look! Come to our repair shops in Hamilton today! Sources: https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/safevehicles-safetyfeatures-winterdriving-index-693.htm https://crsautomotive.com/how-to-drive-safely-in-the-winter … [Read more...]
10 Long-Distance Winter Driving Tips
Winter is here and with it the holiday season, which means visiting family in the far-away hometown or just going away somewhere you can let your hair down and see and experience new things. (We may be biased, but we recommend coming to Hamilton or Cambridge, ON for a quick visit.) Moreover, if you’ve decided to drive there, then you have a whole other set of problems, especially considering the Canadian winter and all it brings. Very low temperatures, a lot of snow and ice on the road and on vehicles and strong, freezing wind - these are just some of the things to look forward to in winter. … [Read more...]