The holiday season is closing in on us at high speed, everyone. Christmas shopping has officially commenced, even for procrastinators, and soon the sweet smell of holiday baking will fill many homes. This year, Capital GMC Buick would like to encourage all of you to make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season. What can you do? Well, there are many different charities and food banks that need volunteers and financial assistance this holiday season and there are a number of ways for you to get involved:
- Donate food to the food bank, a family in need, or the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton
- Volunteer at the food bank or a similar foundation
- Help out your local animal shelter, children’s hospital, or retirement home to bring a little holiday cheer to the animals and people there
Unfortunately, not everyone has someone to spend the holidays with. And some families, regrettably, aren’t able to afford it at all. But people can be pretty amazing. Statistics Canada shows that 12.7 million Canadians, aged 15 and over, volunteered through a group or organization in 2013. Hopefully we can make that number grow!
We’re all very excited, and we hope the rest of you will join us in showing our holiday spirit this year. Together, we can make a difference.
It’s that time of year again. Ice and snow are slowing traffic down and vehicles continue to hit the ditch! Yes, that dreaded -40 weather is here and it has us all dreaming of escaping to a Mexican. Sadly, we can’t run away all winter to an exotic location to keep away from the freezing cold but we can make it a little easier on us. Getting in an accident in our winter months can be dangerous and sometimes fatal so they best way to keep us away from the ditch and away from sliding into someone is by getting great tires for the cold. The debate for as long as i can remember has always been Winter or All-Season tires. Here’s a few details about each tire to help you choose the best tire for you.
All season tires provide grip in wet/snowy conditions. They also allow you have stable handling and even tread wear. Experts now call all-seasons “three-season tires”. Although they do fairly well in the winter they by far lack compared to a winter tire. All-seasons are meant more for the beginning signs of winter like light snow fall and slush, but when it comes to ice and get through deep snow they become almost useless.
Winter tires excel in snow and ice. These tires are meant to perform in snow, ice, slush, sleet and cold but dry weather. The reason why winter tires do so well compared to all-season or summer tires is because of the tread and material they are made out of. The special design allows for the tires to travel through snow with ease and the material is a soft rubber material which expands in the cold for better grip. The tread also reduces the snow build up and allows for the driver to be more confident on the road.
It’s safe to say if you live in Alberta you should have winter tires on your vehicle by the time the winter months hit. Better traction means less accidents and that’s something everyone likes to hear!
Winter can be as hard on your vehicle as it is on you, even if the signs are a little less obvious (your truck can’t cry in front of the fireplace, clinging to a coffee mug). Here are a few reasons winter is tough on vehicles, and ways that you can help.
Winter Tire Wear
Living in Saskatchewan, the primary reason for switching to winter tires is obvious: it’s better to stay on the road than slide off of it like a shuffleboard. But, even for experienced drivers who choose to leave their summer tires on, cold weather can be costly. When the temperature falls, even 7o can do it, accelerated tire-wear will begin to show on your summer set. Unlike more flexible winter tires, summer tires are built to withstand heat, not salt, sand, and ice. In the long run, using one set of tires will not save you money because you’ll be replacing them more often.
Frozen Fuel Lines
The sound of an engine failing to turn over might be the seasonal anthem of Saskatchewan winters. To make sure their vehicles start every day, most drivers know to plug in their block heater overnight and to keep their battery fully charged by avoiding short trips. One problem drivers might not be aware of is a frozen fuel line. In sub-zero temperatures, moisture-rich air in the gas tank, mixed with fuel, can freeze. When the freezing occurs along the fuel line, it becomes impossible to start the vehicle. Keeping the gas tank full helps prevent this problem by limiting the amount of moisture in the gas tank. Plus, having plenty of fuel ensures you never get stranded in the cold!
Hold the Salt
Obviously, we’re grateful when city crews spread salt and sand around major roadways. However, the material can be as hard on your car as it is on the ice. In particular, as it’s sprayed up by your tires, salt will damage the exterior of your vehicle. The salt used on the road lowers the freezing point of water to prevent the formation of ice. But this property also means that salt can extremely corrosive, and promote rust with prolonged exposure. Underneath your vehicle, rust damage can lead to costly fluid leaks. On the exterior, rust damage is unsightly and will hurt the resale value of your vehicle. In order to combat rust-damage, all you need to do is wash your vehicle monthly in winter – just make sure you don’t freeze your doors shut!