Five Winter Driving Tips From Capital GMC Denaliville

Winter driving tips

Everyone thinks they’re a great driver until winter (or the law of averages) hits. Then, a bunch of people slide into the ditch and blame other people for it. So, whether you’re a new driver, or an experienced one, you should read these winter driving tips.  

Following Distance

In ideal driving conditions, you’re supposed to leave a following distance of four seconds between yourself and the car in front of you. But you don’t leave a following distance of four seconds, do you? Winter driving demands that you increase your following distance to seven or eight seconds. That’s the only way you’ll have enough space to stop in the event of a sudden obstruction. Finally, for the sake of Peter, drive slowly!

Winter Driving? Winter Tires

Get winter tires. It’s that simple. When the temperature falls below 7 °C, winter tires perform better than three-season tires. And when the temperature falls below zero, three-season tires becomes patently dangerous. Why? Three-season tires are comprised of stiff rubber that doesn’t become soft in high summer temperatures. Inversely, winter tires feature soft rubber that is pliable in extreme cold. On top of that, winter tires have aggressive tread patterns that cut through snow. Still don’t believe me?

Pump the Brakes: Don’t Pump the Brakes

You’ve probably heard a ton of conflicting information about braking in icy conditions. But it’s pretty simple. I’m going to assume you have ABS. If you lose traction on slippery pavement, press your brakes down firmly and don’t release them until you’ve regained control. If you have Electronic Stability Control (as all vehicles manufactured after September 2011 do) then you can even turn the steering wheel to the direction you want to travel, and the system will apply braking power to the correct wheels to make that happen.

Losing grip completely, as you would on black ice, demands a different strategy – ESC or not. When you’re going over black ice, don’t hit the brakes. Simply take your foot off the accelerator and wait until you’ve passed over the patch of ice (usually they aren’t greater than a few square metres). Jamming on the brakes and turning the steering wheel will give you even less control and increase the likelihood that your car makes a sudden, unpredictable maneuver as soon as it hits drier pavement.

Don’t Drive

If you’re going to be driving on the highway, make sure you check the highway hotline or a similar service before heading out. When the highway is icy, or visibility is poor due to blowing snow, it may be better to cancel your plans. First, the chance of a dangerous accident increases. If it’s hard to stop, maneuver, and see, you’re more likely to get in a collision – it’s that simple. But that’s not the only danger of extreme winter driving.

If conditions are dangerous for you, then they’re also dangerous for emergency services. While you’re waiting at the side of the road or in the ditch, it may be difficult for a tow truck to get to you. Try to wait inside your vehicle, but only run the engine for around ten minutes per hour in order to keep the heat up while conserving fuel. Also, make sure the tailpipe is not clogged so you aren’t breathing in exhaust fumes. Hopefully you’ve also packed some essential supplies. Which brings us to the next tip.

Safety Kit

You never know when you might get stuck out in the cold, so it’s important to remain prepared. Which is why it’s important that you put a safety kit in your vehicle. What should you include in your safety kit? You need some gear for staying warm, blankets, ski pants, boots, and gloves. You should also have a shovel and maybe even some sand to dig yourself out. If you’re really serious, you may even include road flares, food, water, and a knife in your winter safety kit. 

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The LaCrosse is Buick’s flagship sedan – and a worthy one. Last year, it introduced Buick’s brand-new design language. In the past, Buick’s vehicles have been dated by the time they hit the showroom floor. But the 2018 Buick LaCrosse is clearly more about timelessness than trend. Smooth arches and refined details combine to create the impression that Buick is really back. And the details won’t disappoint the fine first-impression.


The standard engine is a 2.5L I-4 supplemented by “eAssist light electrification.” Buick has eschewed calling it a hybrid, ostensibly to avoid frightening the average consumer. But it simply means that you get the best of power and fuel economy. For those who want even more power, Buick also offers an available 3.6L V6 with an impressive 310 horsepower. And, thanks to Active Fuel Management, which reduces the number of cylinders in use at low speeds, it still gets great fuel economy.

Comfort and refinement preside over the interior. Bose’s Active Noise Control and Buick QuietTuning provide a remarkably quiet cabin, even when driving at high speeds. In the silence, you can enjoy stunning details like the standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8” touch screen, and OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. Other standard features include:

  • Remote Start
  • Rear Park Assist
  • HID headlamps

2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir

Earlier this year, the Buick Enclave became the first vehicle to be released under the Avenir badge. Avenir is Buick’s new premium trim, and it signals first-class refinement and style. Now, the 2018 LaCrosse is set to join the Enclave and become buick’s first Avenir car.

Nine out of ten LaCrosse buyers are choosing one of the top two trim levels — customers are signalling they want more from Buick. With even more content and an elegant look, Avenir adds a unique name and appearance for those who want the best of our attainable luxury.

-Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Buick

It’s impressive look begins with the Avenir grille. Buick calls it “three-dimensional” but I would more impressed if it was two-dimensional. In any case, it looks fantastic with it’s sharp wing badge and lower complement. And the breathtaking style carries over into the interior where you’ll find premium leathers and custom Avenir stitching. Buick has also included the Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium audio and panoramic moonroof.

Refined Performance

The LaCrosse Avenir comes with the standard 310 horsepower V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission. The combination ensures that the power delivery is not only immediate and forceful, but also remarkably smooth. Other available performance features include Intelligent Twin-Clutch AWD and a Dynamic Drive Package with continuously variable real-time dampening control.

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse and LaCrosse Avenir will arrive in early 2018.