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ADVICE: Some practical tips for safe winter driving

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Winter driving requires a lot of patience and a lot of adjustments, especially in the weeks following the first real snowstorm. After all, motorists are always adjusting to the new realities of driving when winter officially sets in, and they tend to forget some of the notions learned in previous years. The idea behind this article is not to give a winter driving course. It is rather series of small reminders which, we hope, will ...

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ADVICE: Some very practical winter accessories

Winter is fast approaching, and that means there will soon be snow and ice on our roads and on our vehicles also in the morning and evening, unless we have a garage of course. However, to be well prepared for winter, it is necessary to take some precautions. First, make sure you have good tires and that your vehicle is in good condition. This is the bare minimum. Subsequently, there are several accessories that are ...

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ADVICE: Demonstrator vehicles, are they a good deal?

You’ve probably seen multiple ads for demonstrator vehicles in newspapers or on the web when you were looking for your next vehicle. This type of vehicle actually falls between a new vehicle and a pre-owned vehicle, but often it offers advantages that compare more favorably to a new one than a used model. A vehicle may hold the demo title for several different reasons. It may have been used by a dealership employee, or by ...

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ADVICE: Did you just get a flat tire? Don’t play with fire

There’s nothing more annoying than a flat tire, no doubt about it. You have somewhere you need to be, it is very likely that you are late, and suddenly you feel your vehicle is no longer responding the same way, that it tends to deviate to one side or the other and your steering wheel is vibrating under your hands. Then you lower your window, and you hear a fluttering sound that is certainly coming ...

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TECH: Nokian develops a tire that tells you when it is worn

Nokian tires are known as some of the best in the world, especially when it comes to their winter tires which dominate comparison tests year after year. Now, the Finnish manufacturer is looking into finding ways for motorists to get information about the condition of their tires quickly. According to Nokian, one out of every four accidents is attributable to worn tires. The new system developed by the company and named SnapSkan uses a special ...

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How to make the most out of your test drive

The test drive is the only time you will have in a given vehicle unless you buy it. It is therefore important to get the most out of it. Here are a few tips that will help you get all the information you need out of your test drive. Concentrate on driving The road test allows you to evaluate the comfort, handling, visibility, performance and quietness of a vehicle. In other words, it allows you ...

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A couple tips to help you buy your first vehicle

Buying our first vehicle is a very big step, but if we do not take the time to plan, our new vehicle can quickly turn into a nightmare. Here are a few tips that will help you when searching for your perfect new car. Determine Your Needs No matter what vehicle you purchase, it must meet your needs. So the first step is of course to determine our needs well before going to the dealership ...

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How to keep fuel consumption in check in winter

Winter is not easy on your vehicle, and certainly not easy on its fuel consumption. However, by following these tips, you can reduce the impact of winter on your vehicle’s fuel consumption. Do not let engine idle for too long Yes, it’s cold in the winter. There is no doubt about that. So it’s often tempting to let your engine idle for minutes on end before you hit the road to avoid an icy cabin. ...

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Practical advice on winter tires

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Winter in Quebec is not easy, we all know this. It tends to drag on, and if we are a motorist, it certainly complicates our travels on the roads. Since 2008, it is mandatory to have tires specifically designed for winter use, a fact that provides at least some reassurance that other drivers around us are operating a car with suitable tires. These tires, marked with a pictogram of a mountain with a snowflake, are ...

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Winter tires versus all-season tires: how to choose

winter tires vs all-season tires

It has now been nine years since motorists in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec are obligated to equip their vehicles with tires specifically designed for winter. These proper tires are identifiable by the presence of a pictograph of a mountain with a snowflake on the tire’s sidewall. To receive this emblem, a tire must conform to the standards established by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC). It is therefore normal that when a ...

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