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Glenwood Auto your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Expert Preparing an Emergency Kit for Your Car

At Glenwood Auto Service, they are committed to providing you exactly that. Your vehicle will be professionally diagnosed and top quality parts will be installed by technicians with years of experience that you can trust.

Glenwood Auto are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & service experts 

Here they share a great tip on Preparing an Emergency Kit for Your Car:

Slippery or snow-covered roads, reduced visibility and bitter cold: these are all conditions that can make driving difficult and even dangerous during cold weather months. Winter also brings an increased risk of getting stuck in your car, so dress warmly before heading out.

Follow these tips to learn about winter driving risks and prepare an emergency kit for your car.

Exercise extra caution when driving in these winter road conditions:

  • Blizzards: The most dangerous of winter storms, combining falling, blowing and drifting snow, winds of at least 40 km/h, visibility less than one kilometre and temperatures below -10°C. They can last from a few hours to several days.
  • Heavy snowfall: Refers to snowfalls of at least 10 centimetres in 12 hours, or at least 15 centimetres in 24 hours; accumulation may be lower in temperate climates.
  • Freezing rain or drizzle: This can lead to ice storms, with ice covering roads, trees, power lines, etc.
  • Cold snap: Refers to temperatures that fall rapidly over a very short period of time, causing very icy conditions.
  • Winds: They create the conditions associated with blizzards, and cause blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility and causing wind chill.
  • Black ice: Refers to a thin layer of ice on the road that can be difficult to see or can make the road look black and shiny. The road freezes more quickly in shaded areas, on bridges and on overpasses when it is cold. These areas remain frozen long after the sun has risen.
  • Slush: Wet snow can make for slushy roads. Heavy slush can build up in the wheel wells of your vehicle and can affect your ability to steer. Large trucks and buses can blow slush and snow onto your windshield, leading to a sudden loss of visibility.

Follow these tips if you are stuck in the snow:

  • Try to stay calm and don't go out in the cold. Stay in your car: you will avoid getting lost and your car is a safe shelter.
  • Don't tire yourself out. Shovelling in the intense cold can be deadly.
  • Let in fresh air by opening a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
  • Keep the engine off as much as possible. Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning and make sure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed by snow.
  • If possible, use a candle placed inside a deep can instead of the car heater to warm up.
  • Turn on warning lights or set up road flares to make your car visible.
  • Turn on the ceiling light; leaving your headlights or hazard lights on for too long will drain the battery.
  • Move your hands, feet and arms to maintain circulation. Stay awake.
  • Keep an eye out for other cars and emergency responders. Try to keep clothing dry since wet clothing can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat.

Prepare an emergency car kit

Always have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car. A basic car kit should contain the following:

  • Food that won't spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water—plastic bottles that won't break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes or boots
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind‑up flashlight
  • Whistle—in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan

Items to keep in your trunk:

  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares

Print or download the Emergency Car Kit list. Cross items off the list as you put them in your car.

Follow us on Twitter for helpful tips on emergency preparedness: @Get_Prepared

To learn more about road safety and winter driving, visit Transport Canada.

These tips have been brought to you by Public Safety Canada, in cooperation with Transport Canada.

 

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Crestview Auto Service your TRUSTED SASKATOON TIRE DEALER shares a tip on scheduled vehicle maintenance

Let's face it, most of us do not think about the tires on our vehicles until we run into a problem....and that problem may be a major inconvenience at best; an accident at worst. Having your vehicle serviced by people that you trust is an absolute must. Let Don and the highly trained technicians at Crestview Auto Service work with you to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road.

Crestview Auto Service is your Trusted Saskatoon Tire Expert and they also offer full Auto Service and Repair in Saskatoon

 

Here Don shares a great tip on scheduled vehicle maintenance: 

Some of us look forward to winter while others do not. The snow and cold will come and we can be proactive in minimizing the affects of the change in weather on our vehicle.  Each vehicle comes with a service schedule designed to keep your vehicle working properly for many years, through the cold and heat. Along with the scheduled intervals routine inspections will identify a service needed before it becomes too late and a major repair is needed.  

Although regular oil changes are typically the main focus of maintenance, it is equally important to make sure the other fluids and wear items on the vehicle are properly inspected. The level of fluids is usually the easy part, although many manufactures have done away with the traditional “dip stick” to check some of the fluids. In these cases it is necessary to follow a set procedure that may include a scan tool to interface with the on board computer system before the level can be checked. Having lubricating oils in good condition is very important to proper function of your vehicle and help with reduced costs over the life of the vehicle.  

 

 

Many times a fluid will look ok but will have become contaminated and acidic. This will cause the component we want protected to be damaged from the inside out.  Once damage is done it cannot be undone without substantially more cost than routine maintenance costs. 

When systems are flushed on your vehicle it is important to have the proper chemicals and detergents used and to make sure all of the contaminants are flushed out. Fluid flushes that do not use the proper chemicals or detergents can leave the system dirty and in need of another service shortly after. Think of it as having a glass of milk, let it sit on the counter for a day and rinse it out, when you look at the glass you still have a film of old milk on the glass. When you wash the same glass with soap the glass is clean and ready for the dinner table. Your vehicle will thank you with reduced failures and the inconvenience that comes with a breakdown. 

 

 

For the most part your vehicle maintenance schedule is designed to service these fluids before they become contaminated and breakdown. At times these services need to be done sooner and can be determined by your qualified service provider. The manufactures schedule is the longest (not the shortest) time/mileage you should go before maintenance is done, to get the most from your vehicle. 

All of us want our vehicle expenses to be the least they can be. When we look at vehicle maintenance and repair costs as the cost of transportation, it makes sense that proper maintenance be done to reduce our cost of transportation.  

Find Crestview at 24, 23rd Street East  or online at www.crestviewautoservice.ca - they are a fullservice Saskatoon Tire and Auto Repair & Service business and they can be found on the Saskatoon Directory under TIRES SASKATOON    they are your TRUSTED SASKATOON TIRE and AUTO REPAIR EXPERTS

 

 

Trusted Saskatoon auto repair & service expert Glenwood Auto's tip on Checking your fluids

At Glenwood Auto Service, they are committed to providing you exactly that. Your vehicle will be professionally diagnosed and top quality parts will be installed by technicians with years of experience that you can trust.

Glenwood Auto are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & service experts

Here the Glenwood Team share their first of many video Tips it's definitelyworth watching!!


Glenwood Auto's tip on Checking your vehicles fluids correctly.

Crestview Auto Service your Trusted Saskatoon Tire and Auto Repair Expert shares a tip on Ride Control for your Vehicle

Let's face it, most of us do not think about the tires on our vehicles until we run into a problem....and that problem may be a major inconvenience at best; an accident at worst. Having your vehicle serviced by people that you trust is an absolute must. Let Don and the highly trained technicians at Crestview Auto Service work with you to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road.

Crestview Auto Service is your Trusted Saskatoon Tire Expert and they also offer full Auto Service and Repair in Saskatoon

Here Don shares a tip on Ride Control for your Vehicle:  

First a little trivia about the life of struts and shocks; research by manufactures shows that on the average road (not Saskatoon’s pothole roads) each strut or shock on your car cycles 1100 times per kilometer. That works out to be 88 million times in 80,000 kilometers! That’s 88 with 6 zeros added, WOW! When they get worn out they cycle even more. Your vehicle feels the wear, a vehicle with as little as 80,000 kilometers can take an additional 3 meters or more to stop than a vehicle with new struts and shocks?  That can be the difference between making a quick controlled stop, or panic and possibly an accident.  

Struts and shocks are the components on your vehicle that control the up, down and rocking or sway movement of your vehicle. The struts and shocks don’t hold the vehicle up, that’s the job of the springs. When a vehicle is new, the struts and shocks allow us to have a safe controlled ride, over time the struts and shocks are slowly wearing and most drivers do not realize how worn they are until after they have been replaced. The difference in ride and vehicle control after replacement of worn struts and shocks can be dramatic.  

 

In the past we used a visual inspection and a bounce test of the vehicle to determine if they were good or bad, if we saw oil on the outside or if the vehicle cycled too much after a good bounce we recommended new ones. With the newer technology of the seals and internal components, this only works on struts and shocks that are extremely worn. Over time, as the internal seals, oil and components of struts and shocks wear they loose the ability to control the springs, the extra movement causes internal heat and even more wear. 

The internal wear is the reason for the deteriorating ride and control. With this wear the oil inside the struts and shocks aerates while the vehicle is in motion, the air acts like a squishy ball, allowing excessive movement of the vehicle. The further you drive the more aerated the oil and the less effective the strut or shock becomes. Unfortunately we cannot change the oil in the struts and shocks when it gets worn out like we do engine oil. You may have seen advertising from manufactures advising you to replace struts and shocks after 80,000 kilometers; this is the reason, the oil is worn out and the struts and shocks are not working as they were intended to. 

 

There are other considerations with worn struts and shocks; all of the extra vehicle movement creates wear in suspension and steering components requiring replacement sooner than needed. The braking system is also affected by having too much weight transferred from the back of the vehicle to the front when slowing down, this overloads the front brakes creating excessive wear and longer stopping distances which can cause both front and rear tires to loose their grip on the road. Tire tread can also become cupped and worn excessively.  

 

Regular maintenance inspections, performed by experienced technicians along with the needed services will help you save time and money keeping your vehicle safe and reliable for many years to come. 

 

Find Crestview at 24, 23rd Street East  or online at www.crestviewautoservice.ca - they are a fullservice Saskatoon Tire and Auto Repair & Service business and they can be found on the Saskatoon Directory under TIRES SASKATOON    and Auto Repair & Service Saskatoon they are your TRUSTED SASKATOON TIRE and AUTO REPAIR EXPERTS !

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