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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Share What You Need to Know About Safe Railway Crossing

Superior Auto Body Ltd Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and they are an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for clients... and to help out, they also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest accident prevention tip, they share advice about safety at railway crossings in Saskatchewan. 


RAILWAY CROSSINGS ARE HIGH COLLISION ZONES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE SAFE



IN A COLLISION WITH A TRAIN, THE TRAIN WILL ALWAYS WIN!

When driving your vehicle around Saskatoon and area roads, it’s easy to think you’re the king of the road. But when that road intersects with railway tracks, be prepared to give up your crown. There are so many rail tracks crisscrossing our province and many of them do not have safety barriers.

Trains are massive columns of speeding metal that can take more than a kilometer to come to a complete stop. As a driver, you need to respect their size and power or risk serious consequences.

Vehicle collisions with trains result in an average of 12 injuries and 2 deaths each year in Saskatchewan. The human cost is tragic, particularly because collisions with trains are entirely preventable.

SASKATCHEWAN RAILWAY CROSSING ISSUES

It’s a dubious distinction for Saskatchewan; a disproportionate number of railway crossings that are judged to be the most dangerous in the country. Of the 500 railway crossings that Transport Canada has assessed as being among the most dangerous in Canada, more than 60 are in this province. Put another way, with only about three percent of Canada’s population, we have an unlucky 13 percent of the crossings on this list.

Transport Canada says this list reflects a number of elements including not only the number of collisions, but also the characteristics of the crossings including:

  • Volumes of rail and vehicle traffic,
  • The type of trains,
  • The number of tracks,
  • Vehicle and train speeds and,
  • Whether these crossings are in rural or urban areas.

Mixed in too, is information from a database of “rail occurrences” maintained by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, including “accident and incident” data.

RAILWAY CROSSINGS – SUPERIOR SAFETY TIPS FOR SASKATOON AND AREA DRIVERS


Be alert and be prepared to stop

As you approach a crossing in the middle of Saskatoon or in rural Saskatchewan – whether marked or uncontrolled – remember to slow down and look both ways. You must stop if you see a train coming since they always have the right of way.

Never try to race through a crossing before a train arrives

They aren’t required to slow down at crossings and their speed can often be difficult to gauge. Trying to save a few seconds by beating the train simply isn’t worth the risk. Regardless of what you drive, in a collision with a train, the train will always win. To reinforce this point, many railway crossings are equipped with electronic warning devices. Their message is simple: stop your vehicle and wait until it’s safe to proceed. Don’t needlessly put yourself in harm’s way by ignoring flashing lights or driving around barrier arms. Even if you make it safely over the tracks, a hefty fine could be waiting for you on the other side. Tickets for failing to obey a stop signal at a railway crossing start at $220.

Exercise caution around railway tracks even if you don’t see a train approaching

A common mistake is stopping on the tracks while waiting for traffic ahead of you to proceed. Not only do you risk a collision with a train, but your vehicle could be struck by the barrier arms if they’re activated. To avoid these situations, stop well behind the barriers and wait until you have enough room to clear the tracks completely.

Be sure to look for multiple sets of tracks

They are indicated by a small numbered sign under the traditional railway crossbuck. Don’t proceed after a train has passed until making sure another isn’t approaching on a different set of tracks.

Watch for other vehicles stopping in front of you

Half of all crashes occurring at crossings are rear-end collisions where the lead vehicle is slowing down or stopping. Pay particular attention to school buses since they are required to stop at all uncontrolled railway crossings. Flashing amber lights will be activated on the bus, giving you plenty of warning before it stops.

Staying safe near trains isn’t complicated. Rather, it’s a matter of knowing the rules and obeying them to ensure that you arrive at your destination safely.

Our team at Superior takes pride in their workmanship… as we always say, “When we get through it’s just like new”.


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Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts at Culligan Saskatoon Share the Benefits of Water Softeners

We’re here when you need us: Culligan Saskatoon has been treating your water needs in Saskatoon and surrounding areas since 1949. Our business is dedicated to making your water better using the best equipment, best service, and best prices around. Our team lives and works in the local area and we’re a family owned and operated business. In our latest news, we talk about the benefits of a water softener from Culligan Saskatoon.

Benefits of a Water Softener from Culligan Saskatoon

Appliances Last Longer

Culligan Saskatoon’s water softeners extend the life of appliances you use daily. By reducing the build-up of minerals in the water supply, your water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine run more efficiently. With any of our soft water systems, get more while spending less on energy and detergent.

Say Goodbye to Flaky Skin

The water conditioning and filtration system help eliminate contaminants that are often found in tap water, giving you top-quality water. No more dry, itchy, skin! 

No More Static in Your Clothes

Leave the static behind when you wash your clothes in soft water. Your clothes deserve the best water that is free of chemicals and residue after it is filtered through a water softener.

Spotty Dishes? Not Anymore!

Culligan Saskatoon’s water softeners remove calcium and magnesium to keep your water soft and your dishes clean. No more streaky glasses from the dishwasher!

With a Culligan water softener, the benefits are endless. Contact Culligan Saskatoon for a free in-home water test today.

Culligan Saskatoon has proudly been serving Saskatoon and area since 1949. That’s more than 70 years of excellence in water, customer service, and product knowledge. Culligan is the name you can trust when it comes to water in Saskatoon and the surrounding area and we look forward to meeting you!


WANT BETTER DRINKING WATER IN YOUR HOME?

Having better quality water in your home is more important than ever before. From bottled water to installed water filtration systems, our Culligan Water experts can recommend the solution that’s right for you and your family

Guaranteed Satisfaction: As always, our residential equipment is backed up by our 30-day, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Warrantied: Culligan residential equipment may come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Culligan's Residential Products

Culligan's Commercial Products

Culligan is proud to offer their famous free water analysis just call and they'll come out to your home and test your water for impurities!

CHECK OUT THEIR CURRENT WATER SPECIALS  

"You could give your people Culligan water"

Culligan are Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts


Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Share Why Colour Matching is Vital To Repairs

Superior Auto Body Ltd Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and they are an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. We offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for our clients... and to help out, we will also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest accident prevention tips, we share the reason correct paint matching is vital to auto body repairs.



When your vehicle is involved in an accident, you want to have it repaired as close to new condition possible. One of the most technically challenging parts of auto body and collision process is paint matching and the final finish.

We have all seen auto bodywork rolling around the streets of Saskatoon that is not up to par, and it often looks worse than the original accident. If the entire panels have been replaced, there is often a noticeable difference between the new panel and the rest of the car because of mismatched paint. It is the job of the team at Superior Auto Body to make sure your vehicle looks as good as new, and this is a challenge as paint matching is one of the most difficult skills to master.

When your car or truck was newly painted at the factory, the entire body was painted at the same time from the same batch of paint. This ensures that all the parts of the car are EXACTLY the same colour and shade of paint. Paint matching is an art, and only an experienced and accredited auto body shop can accurately match new paint to an original finish. All automotive paints have codes specific to the colour, but there are thousands of variations and shades. Additionally, colour variations from original are inevitable because of normal aging. When a car has been on the road for a few years, there is a normal fading of the color. Even if a new batch of paint is mixed to factory specifications, there may still be a noticeable difference, and this is where the skill of the body shop comes in.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE EXACT COLOUR TO MATCH?

There is a tag, usually inside the door jamb, with code numbers and one of these codes is the paint color for your car. This number is used to correctly match the paint should a repair ever be necessary. The number of colors available is staggering, even basic colors such as black and red have dozens, if not hundreds of different shades. In addition, the older the vehicle, the more difficult it may be to match the paint. At this point insurance coverage has some influence on the repair work. If a door panel on an older car needs to be repaired after a collision, a good body shop should be able to match the paint to your satisfaction. There are blending techniques that allow new paint to lightly overspray old paint to achieve a transition that is not noticeable. In some cases, it may not be possible to match the paint due to weathering and fading, and it may be necessary to paint the entire side of the car.

Any accident is an unpleasant experience that you want to put behind you. One important step is having your car repaired properly, and the best way to do that is to use an experienced auto body and collision repair shop like Superior Autobody; a repair shop that warranties their work, will repair the hidden damage that may not be apparent for a month after the accident and stands by their work. 


Our team at Superior takes pride in their workmanship… as we always say, “When we get through it’s just like new”.


For more Superior Auto Body Tip & Articles Click here.

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Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts at Culligan Saskatoon Share Advanced Drinking Water Filter System

Since 1949, Culligan Saskatoon's mission has been to deliver high-quality water treatment products that will benefit every part of their customers' lives. At Culligan, they understand that a water quality improvement system is an investment in your family. In their latest Saskatoon water tip they share a New Product: Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter System. Culligan are Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts


Product Alert at Culligan: Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter System

We’re here when you need us: Culligan Saskatoon has been treating your water needs in Saskatoon and surrounding areas since 1947. Our business is dedicated to making your water better using the best equipment, best service, and best prices around. We’re Family Owned: Our team lives and works in the local area and we’re a family-owned and operated business. In our latest news we are excited to share our product, the Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter System, and talk about its features and benefits by producing safer drinking water with reverse osmosis water filtration. 

The Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter System provides advanced filtration to reduce chemicals like chlorine, lead, and arsenic. Not only does it provide you, your family, and/or your employees better and safer drinking water, the faucets are available in a magnitude of styles, colours, and finishes to perfectly match your kitchen, office space, or home.

The space-saving design is a great addition as the Aqua-Cleer® can be kept under your sink, eliminating the need for counter space as storage. The design of the Aqua-Cleer® can be installed conveniently in all types of different locations which gives you the flexibility to put it where it works best for you!


Culligan Service Technician’s Do it All!

Your Culligan Service Technician does it all for you! They handle the installation, filter changes, and filter disposals. After installation, our helpful technicians will give you any additional information you need on the Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter System. The system filters your water to reduce harmful impurities so you not only don’t have to worry about set-up, you can remove any doubt about how safe and clean your water is while improving the taste of your food and beverages.

Experience the difference Culligan water can make with the Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter System! Learn more about your water today. Get started with a simple FREE Culligan Saskatoon Complete Water Test Analysis and one of our water specialists will then provide you with a quote on a water treatment system for your home or business.

Culligan Saskatoon has proudly been serving Saskatoon and area since 1947. That’s more than 60 years of excellence in water, customer service, and product knowledge. Culligan is the name you can trust when it comes to clean, safe water in Saskatoon and we look forward to meeting you!

WANT BETTER DRINKING WATER IN YOUR HOME?

Having better quality water in your home is more important than ever before. From bottled water to installed water filtration systems, our Culligan Water experts can recommend the solution that’s right for you and your family

Guaranteed Satisfaction: As always, our residential equipment is backed up by our 30-day, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Warrantied: Culligan residential equipment may come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

child drinking from Tap in Kitchen

Culligan's Residential Products:

Culligan's Commercial Products:

Culligan is proud to offer their famous free water analysis just call and they'll come out to your home and test your water for impurities!

CHECK OUT THEIR CURRENT WATER SPECIALS  

"You could give your people Culligan water"

Culligan are Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts


Trusted Saskatoon Furnace Experts at JOB Heating & Air Warn Against Falling Behind on HVAC Maintenance

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning’s wonderful staff will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. They also offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and they also offer home heating tune-ups. JOB are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace experts and they can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs! 

At JOB Heating & Air Conditioning, Saskatoon we are eager to provide the best possible customer experience, our aim is to be a professional resource for our clients before, during and after the sale! Our team takes pride in our service knowledge in regards to modern industry equipment and training. We are recognized by peers and offer sales, service, training & installations for residential, and commercial Heating, Cooling and Plumbing systems in Saskatoon and area

In their latest article, Trusted Saskatoon Heating Experts at JOB share tips on HVAC unit maintenance to prepare for the upcoming fall temperatures.

Don't Fall Behind With HVAC Unit Maintenance 

Temperatures are getting lower which means fall is slowly starting to settle into Saskatchewan. Before it gets too cold from the harsh winter months, you may want to do some maintenance on your HVAC unit to ensure it is in tip top shape. The last thing you want is for your furnace to give out on you when it’s -40°C outside.

HVAC Unit Maintenance: Keep it Clean

It is important to clean out all the built up dust and debris that has gathered in your HVAC unit over the summer months. When dust is built up, it decreases the efficiency of your HVAC unit, therefore increasing your utility costs. By giving the vent a good clean in the fall, the HVAC unit will be running as efficiently as it can.

Leaves can be hazardous for your HVAC unit as they may get stuck in your outdoor unit and start a potential fire. Other particles can also accumulate in the unit, so we recommend cleaning out any particles and debris from the unit to help save you money and energy in the long run.

Test Your Thermostat

How do you know if your HVAC is being overworked? Try testing your thermostat. If you can see an accurate temperature reading displayed, it is working properly. Fall maintenance is the perfect time to double check all the settings you have set up on your thermostat. With cooler temperatures, you will want your home to be warmer so it is a good idea to change the settings on your thermostat based on the upcoming fall weather.


Schedule Maintenance

Contact JOB Heating and Air Conditioning to have an HVAC professional conduct a thorough maintenance inspection of your HVAC unit and address any problems it may be having. With regular maintenance from experts, your HVAC unit will produce lower energy costs, increase its efficiencies and leave you never having to worry about the maintenance yourself.

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning is a Trusted Saskatoon plumbing company. We show up on time, deliver on budget and we leave the work area cleaner than when we arrived! At JOB we take pride in our plumbing services in this city and surrounding area, so nothing means more to us than testimonials from our clients as their preferred plumber in Saskatoon.


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