Monthly Archives: January 2017
- Pack the appropriate gear in your vehicle (like survival gear for longer trips and salt or sand plus a shovel for in the city). If you never need it, great. But the one time you do need it will make it worthwhile.
- Winter driving requires extra time. Plan to leave an extra 15 or 20 minutes earlier whenever you drive. You’ll need a couple of minutes to brush the snow off the car and the roads will require a little extra care when navigating.
- Be extra careful at intersections. Intersections are extremely dangerous in the winter! Leading up to the intersection, the roads become polished from constant braking so they can be extra slippery. As well, snow banks can block your vision… and keep other drivers from seeing the stop sign! Brake early when approaching an intersection, assume that other drivers aren’t going to be able to stop on time, and edge out slowly when snow banks keep you from seeing clearly around corners.
- Remember that it is slippery out! This might be a “no brainer” to you, but even the most careful drivers need to remember that other drivers are less careful. Therefore, even if you are making sure you’ve given enough space between you and the car in front of you, make sure that you have an escape route just in case the car behind you seems to be slipping out of control.
- Watch out for the hidden danger. One of the most underrated dangers on winter roads is the light… or lack thereof. In the winter, it gets light very late in the morning and it gets dark much earlier in the evening. Those dawn/dusk hours are hard to drive in because our eyeballs cannot keep pace with the changing light fast enough. On the other hand, driving during the day can be absolutely dazzling when the sun glints off the snow.
Driving in the winter can be difficult even at the best of times
If you are prepared and cautious, you can navigate our Canadian winter roads safely.
If a collision does occur, remember to be extra cautious! Other drivers who might drive around the crash site could slip and slide themselves.
If you find yourself in a collision, bring your vehicle to Boyd Autobody & Glass. We’re the Canadian vehicle repair experts. We know how important it is to get your vehicle repaired and back on the winter roads quickly and safely.
Here are a few tips to enjoy one last end-of-summer weekend road trip
These iseas won’t break the bank or require that you burn up any more vacation time, but will put the finishing touches on a great summer.
• The explorer. Get out the map and sit down with your travel partner and find a place that is a three to six hour drive away… but it must be a place that neither of you have ever been to. Call ahead to locate a place to stay. On Saturday morning, head out on your trip and discover an entirely new place! Return home Sunday morning but take a different route.
• The scavenger hunt. This is a day-long in-town road trip! You and your travel partner each write out a secret list of 20 or more things you might see around town and put each item on a separate 3×5 card. (Some ideas include: a pond, a cathedral gargoyle, a sequence of street address numbers, a cell phone tower, a mailbox of a specific color, etc.). On your “road trip”, the driver pulls a card from the secret list created by the passenger and goes off in search for that item. Once the first item is found, switch seats and the new driver pulls a card from the secret list created by the new passenger.
• The wanderer. Identify a number of small towns in a big loop that starts and ends where you live. Drive from one to the next, taking a picture of you and your travel partners in front of each town’s sign. Spend a few minutes exploring the town before moving on.
• The movie star. Choose a nearby destination then search for that location on IMDb.com (by using their location search at this link: http://www.imdb.com/search/text). Watch the movie first before you visit the destination and then see it in real life.
• The new you. Rent a vehicle that you don’t normally drive — perhaps a classic vehicle, a convertible, a luxury vehicle, or a sports vehicle — and hit a rural highway for the day. Enjoy the quiet ride, take in the scenery, have a coffee or ice cream at a destination, and return by the end of the day.
Want to enjoy your trip even more? Make sure you have someone else along for the ride, assemble the perfect playlist of music for your trip, bring your camera to take pictures along the way. Summer’s almost over… but there’s still a little more time to enjoy one last road trip!
Tips for Organzing Local Car Show
• Decide on a theme. Do you want a classic car show? Do you want a motorcycle show instead? Do you want an antique car show? Or maybe just a general car show that auto enthusiasts of any type can participate in?
• Gauge interest. Talk to potential participants to see if they are interested in taking part. Check a calendar of local events to make sure that there aren’t other car shows at the same time.
• Choose a charity or local cause to raise money. You’ll also need to decide how to raise support — will you charge admission? Will you hold a raffle? Will you take donations? Remember, it doesn’t have to be financial support; your local food bank will probably welcome donations of canned goods.
• Find a good location. Your location should be central to the area you hope to draw a crowd from. Talk to the owner of a restaurant, ice cream shop, or coffee shop; they might welcome a car show in their parking lot if it will draw crowds to their establishment.
• Start advertising! You’ll need to advertise to two groups of people – car owners and car show visitors. Get car owners to register with you ahead of time so you can manage how many people will show up. Encourage car show visitors to mark their calendars. Talk to local radio and TV personalities to “talk up” your car show on the air. Find local events calendars to include your car show on. Hand out flyers. Create the event on sites like Facebook, http://tweetvite.com/, and http://eventful.com. Encourage social media users to post on Twitter and Facebook. This step should be the one you spend the most time and effort on!
• Round out the show with other participants. Don’t forget that other participants might want to take part: Invite hot dog vendors to sell food, invite an inflatables renter to set up a “bouncy-house” for the kids, ask auto-related vendors if they would like to set up a booth or donate prizes.
One final tip – this one is critical! Always talk to local authorities to make sure that you have the proper licenses and permissions to hold an event. You might require a permit to hold the event, and might require a different permit to serve food or alcoholic beverages.
A car show can draw a big crowd of people because it’s a lot of fun. It can also help raise money and awareness for a good cause. Organizing a car show is a lot of work but with proper planning and some organization, it can be worth it.
So how do you drive more safely in the winter? Here are some top tips to help
- Keep a greater distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. In the summer, your vehicle might be able to stop on a dime but in the winter, your vehicle takes much longer to stop as ice and snow reduce the friction of pavement. It gets even worse around intersections. By maintaining a greater stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, you give yourself room to stop if the road is icy
- Ease out at every intersection. All intersections get icy in the winter. In many jurisdictions, snow plows push snow onto the corners to clear it off the roads. So visibility is dramatically reduced. Slowly ease out of each corner and listen for vehicles as you go
- When you hit an icy patch, steer into the skid. This is one of those lessons that every Canadian is taught but it’s so easy and instinctive to forget. When driving (and especially when turning) your back tires can start to slide around to one side or the other. When this happens, turn into the skid to correct
- Carry a snow shovel and some other kind of gripping device (like a towel, a board, or snow chains) to help you get unstuck if you become stuck
- Carry an emergency kit that includes candles and a blanket. If you have to travel outside of the city, let people know when you are leaving and what route you are taking so they can watch for you
- Make sure you thoroughly scrape the snow off of all of your windows so you can see clearly out of all them. Avoid the temptation to scrape away only the ice so you can peer out a small hole in the front of your vehicle
- After a snowfall, clean off your vehicle completely so that your headlights and taillights aren’t blocked by snow, and so that you don’t blind drivers behind you as snow blows off of your roof
- Slow down. Vehicles take longer to stop and visibility is dramatically reduced by snow banks and snow glare, so driving a little more slowly gives you more distance to react to whatever is in front of you
In Canada, each season presents its own unique challenges. Safe drivers recognize how these challenges change and they change their driving styles to accommodate. This winter, remember that being a safe driver means being a safe WINTER driver.