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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Western Millennium Collision Share 5 Tips for Safe Driving!

At Western Millennium Collision, they focus on three things: quality, convenience, and service. Quality implies that they maintain state-of-the-art tools and equipment so that their highly experienced technicians have all the latest tools and technology to ensure that your vehicle receives the finest quality and extraordinary workmanship. Convenience is all about valuing your time and simplifying the process of having your car fixed from the moment you contact them. Their shop is large enough to accommodate any size of vehicle, so that you can drive into the estimator for a complete evaluation of the damages to determine how fast the repairs can be done and how much it will cost, in one easy step. Western Millennium Collision Is a Trusted Saskatoon Collision Repair & Auto Body Shop.

5 TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING

Owning a car is one of the biggest purchases most people will make. However, unlike owning a house, a car is not an appreciating investment. It is a depreciating asset which means it loses value over time. Here are 5 tips to drive safe.

1. KEEP A WELL-MAINTAINED CAR

Every day you take your vehicle on the road, you contribute to its wear and tear. You need to be a responsible car owner in order to extend the value of your vehicle. Maintaining a car is more than just keeping it clean. You have to make sure it is in fine, road-worthy condition, some key tips are:

  • Check water levels every 2 weeks.

  • Make sure the tires are inflated to the proper temperature.

  • Never let the gas run down to near-empty levels.

  • Check the levels of the following car fluids: engine oil, brake fluid, coolant, washer fluid, radiator, transmission, and power steering.

  • Keep track of your car battery expiration date.

  • Make sure the power windows, rear, and side mirrors, and dashboard lights are working.

If you notice something wrong or unusual with your car, don’t take any chances. Bring it right away to your nearest mechanic or car repair shop.

2. WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT

It seems odd that in this day when commercials and reminders of the importance of using the seat belt are on rotation on every type of media, some drivers and passengers still refuse to buckle up. Don’t be complacent because your car has air safety bags. Car accidents remain potentially deadly even with increased safety features.

This is especially important for passengers who stay in the back seat. If the car gets rear-ended by another vehicle that is travelling at a high speed, the passenger becomes a projectile who could either hit the driver or go through the windshield. Either proposition should be enough to make you put on your seat belt the moment you enter the car.

3. KEEP COOL ON THE ROAD

A car is a heavy machine often made of solid steel. It is a marvel of engineering and the latest technology. It can give one a sense of empowerment and invincibility. Behind all the computer processing and gadgetry that goes on inside your car, the human organism remains in complete control. Your car will function the way you want it to function. That is why incidents of road rage and physical altercations happen on a daily basis. Some drivers let the sense of empowerment get to their heads. When another driver does something that makes you feel disrespected, it is not worth your time and energy to find ways to respond in kind. Not all drivers are of sound mind. Don’t be one of them.

4. MASTER DEFENSIVE DRIVING

You should focus explicitly on what you can control from your end. There are drivers who are not well versed in proper driving etiquette or who have a clear understanding of the rules of the road. In some countries, when you signal that you want to move to the right lane, the car behind will suddenly accelerate to make sure you don’t get ahead of them. Then there are drivers who don’t understand right-of-way and just careen their vehicle through an intersection.

There could be other reasons why the driver handles their car that way. They could be a beginner; there could be an emergency or it’s just someone who is having a bad day. It is not your concern to find out why drivers drive the way they do. Your only focus is to make sure you practice safe, defensive driving.

5. DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE

There is a market for apps that prevent people from texting or answering phones while driving. Why? Because multi-tasking while driving is proven to be very dangerous; it takes your focus away from the road, others on the road, and from handling your car properly.

This is the reason why many countries have passed laws that prohibit using your mobile phone while driving. In some countries and provinces, the penalties can be very severe. They include indefinite suspension of driving privileges, a monetary penalty, and even jail time. Another example of irresponsible multi-tasking is grooming while driving. Women are often caught putting on makeup or fixing their hair while their cars are still in transit. Men are sometimes caught putting on their neckties or shaving while driving.

When you’re driving, you should focus only on the road that is in front of you and if you get in any collision or accident, contact Western Millennium Collision for all your vehicle repair needs.

 

Trusted Saskatoon Tire and Auto Repair & Service Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Be Safe On The Roads This Winter

Safe driving is always important, but being on the road during winter warrants extra precautions. That's why we have written up our most important tips to stay safe in hazardous, wintery weather conditions. 

1) Avoid slipping and sliding

Ensure your vehicle is ready for Canada’s changing winter weather, by switching your all-season tires to winter ones before the temperature drops below 7°C. Winter tires optimize the performance and safety of winter driving. The braking distance of a winter tire could be up to two vehicle lengths shorter than the braking distance of an all-season tire. 


2) Replace Worn Tires

It’s extremely important to check your tires each winter season because worn or bald tires can be very dangerous. Tires have tread wear indicator bars moulded into them. A solid bar of rubber across the width of the tread means it’s time to replace the tire. 

3) Make Sure Your Tires Are Correctly Inflated 

For every 5°C drop in temperature, tires lose one pound of air pressure. To ensure optimum fuel efficiency and prevent irregular or premature wear, tire inflation should be checked monthly. Several tire manufacturers recommend that tire pressure should be higher in the winter, so check to see whether your tire pressure should be adjusted accordingly. 


4) Fill Your Trunk With A Winter Survival Kit

Winter weather can be very unpredictable, so make sure you have a winter survival kit in your trunk in case you get stuck in bad conditions. Every car should have a scraper for the windshield, a small shovel, candles, and warm clothing such as a winter jacket, gloves and a hat. Also, make sure you bring a cell phone with you on every trip in case you need to call for help.

5) Defrost Your Vehicle Properly 

Although it takes you a few extra minutes, make sure to properly clean your windows and remove any excess snow from the top of your vehicle. Ice and snow that is left on your vehicle can obstruct your view, causing potentially dangerous situations. 

6) Top Up Your Fluids

Wintery road conditions can cause your windshield to get dirty quickly, so make sure your windshield washer fluid is filled up. Also, ensure your gas tank is at least half full, as on very cold days the condensation in the tank can freeze and cause problems. 

7) Buckle Up & Adjust To Driving Conditions

Make sure you are always buckled up and adjust your driving to what the conditions are like. You will put yourself and others at risk if you do not change your driving style to suit the wintery conditions. 


Trusted Saskatoon Partners Announced As SABEX Awards Finalists!

THE SABEX AWARDS - SASKATOON ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Saskatoon and area have many great businesses that have raised the standards for the community and industry at large. At Trusted Saskatoon we value businesses run with integrity and are proud to announce that three of our Trusted Saskatoon Partners are Finalists for the 2019 SABEX Awards!

Customer Service (Sponsored by MNP LLP): Finalist - Glenwood Auto Service
Rob Scott (Owner) has always taken great pride in exceeding clients expectations when it comes to customer service. Glenwood Auto Service has a long history of delivering quality auto repair and service since 1973. Their motto from the beginning has been "fantastic service is our discount". Glenwood's commitment to superior customer service has remained consistent and because of this, the business continues to grow. 
Their customers are extremely loyal and Glenwood always listens to feedback to continue to grow. With over 2000 positive client reviews in an industry that is flooded with horror stories, we are proud to have Glenwood AutService as Trusted Saskatoon AutoRepair & Tire Specialists! 

Marketing (Sponsored by Handy Special Events): Finalist - Decora Homes Ltd.
Decora Homes specialize in building high-end custom homes. A multi-award winning home builder with over 10 years experience. When they unleash their creativity they excel and they love incorporating new ideas that make them truly unique. Decora Homes have always marketed their company to showcase the quality and uniqueness they are known for. Decora Homes have earned recognition for their distinctive design and spectacular detail. Decora Homes have been a Trusted Saskatoon Home Builder for over 5 years with no complaints.

New Business Venture (Sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic): Finalist - Wiebe Windows & More
Owner, Bradley Wiebe has been installing windows and doors in Saskatoon and area for over 10 years. When starting his own company in 2015 he knew that his focus would be on ensuring quality workmanship and exceptional customer service. Wiebe Windows & More has a 5-star rating and numerous customer testimonials and is on target to grow as a business by another 40% this year. Trusted Saskatoon is proud to have Wiebe Windows & More on our directory of excellence and to be able to promote their company with a new website, logo design and more through Trusted Marketing Services.




Congrats to these amazing individuals and Trusted Saskatoon businesses on being named a 2019 SABEX Awards Finalist!


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Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Pros Tip on Starting Diesel Engines In Saskatchewan Winters

Starting Diesel Engines In Saskatchewan Winters

Starting diesel engines during cold weather can be frustrating if engines are not properly prepared for lower temperatures. Batteries that are weak may not crank the starter motor fast enough or long enough to start a cold engine. As the temperature goes down, so does battery capacity. A battery that has all of its power available at 80 degrees F will have only about 46% available power at -20 degrees C. Plus, the engine will be 2.5 times harder to start at 0 degrees due to thicker oil and resistance to movement of internal moving parts. In effect, an engine is about five times harder to start at -20 degrees C than at 25 degrees C. Test weak or suspicious batteries under load before cold weather to help eliminate potential problems during busy times. If batteries need replacement, always replace with a battery equal to or more powerful than the original battery. Accessories such as radios, air conditioners, heaters and other high amperage devices put extra strain on batteries. Turn all of these devices off while the starter motor is in use.

Use glow plugs or block heaters on the engine for cold weather starts. Glow plugs heat the internal combustion chamber area to suitable temperatures for combustion. Otherwise, cold fuel sprayed into the chamber and onto the glow plugs can gel and adhere to these parts. Hard starting and inefficient combustion occur with the potential for damage to plugs and cylinder heads.
 
Use Number 1 diesel fuel in cold weather. It is more volatile than Number 2 fuel and ignites more readily under cold conditions. Keep the fuel tank full to prevent condensation inside the tank. Water from condensation can freeze and plug fuel lines from the tank to the engine. Add winter diesel fuel additive to the fuel to lower the possibility of gelling and improve starting.
 
Store tractors inside tool sheds, barns, garages or other suitable locations that are heated or warmer than outside temperatures. Only a few degrees warmer temperature can make starting faster and easier. The warmer the battery is, the more power it can provide to the starter motor to crank the engine. The warmer the engine oil is, the thinner it will be and have less resistance to moving engine parts. Make sure you are using the proper viscosity oil recommended for your engine for cold temperatures. If you cannot store engines inside or in a heated area, install a block heater on the engine. To save time and electricity, put the block heater on an electrical timer set to come on a couple of hours before you plan to start the engine.
 
If you suspect fuel has gelled from cold temperatures, change the fuel filter and warm the fuel (wait for the outside temperature to rise, use a block heater or put the tractor inside a heated area) before attempting to start the engine. Gelled fuel in the filter can block the flow of fuel from the tank to the injector pump.
 
After starting the engine on a cold day, allow the engine to warm up a few minutes before putting the tractor under load. Proper engine operation temperatures assure more efficient fuel combustion and may prevent damage to cold engine parts. Engine oil flows more readily at operating temperatures and allows proper lubrication of upper engine parts and area. 


Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Experts Share 10 Driving Tips

Have you ever noticed some older vehicles look new while other ones of the same age are falling apart? 

Staying on top of regular maintenance keeps your vehicle running better for longer. Here are ten daily driving tips to help you keep your car in good shape and save money maintenance-wise at the same time.

1. Avoid potholes

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is still surprising the number of people I see drive right through potholes even though there is plenty of space to go around them. These, when deep, can not only damage the tire and the wheel, but the impact can also have adverse effects on the suspension and steering components. The whole car will benefit from avoiding or slowing down for potholes, as these repetitive impacts tend to loosen various items in the car, creating rattles and squeaks.

 2. Look down the road

It may seem to be another obvious point, but it is important to look down the road not only to see where you are going but also to spot what is on the road itself. You will want to avoid weird looking items on the road that may damage your tires or bounce against the underside of the car. It will also allow you to spot bumps or dips in the road, or at least slow down for them so the impact is not as harsh.

3. Slow down for train tracks

In the same line of thought as the two previous points, slow down for railroad tracks when coming up to a crossing, or when coming up to a bridge on small country roads. These are always uneven with the pavement and create impacts for the wheels, tires and overall car that can be damaging over time.

4. Do not follow trucks up close

You may not have the choice…Getting stuck behind a truck is unavoidable. But as the driver of your vehicle, you can choose how close you are following the said truck. Not only is it safer to leave a greater distance, but you will also be saving your car from flying rocks and other debris which, over time, damage the paint, damage your headlights and windshield. As a bonus, when following a badly maintained older truck, staying far means less black fumes get into the filter of your ventilation system.

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5. Take it easy at first

Your car engine is made to run and move your car swiftly but is designed to do so when at operating temperatures. There is no need to idle the car for long, but take it easy for the first few kilometres while the engine goes up to its normal operating temperature. This will save you wear and tear as well as save some fuel; many engines are not as fuel-efficient when cold.


6. Smooth is key

Smoothness in your actions at the wheel is very important, not only for the stability of the car while moving but also for the durability of the vehicle’s components. For example, start braking slowly and a bit earlier than you normally do, so you don’t have to make panic stops all the time. The same applies to lane changes or merging into traffic. By going smoothly the various mechanical parts of the car will not take a hit but actually be able to work as intended, and thus last longer… Plus your passengers will enjoy the ride rather than being tossed around.

7. Floor it sometimes!

It may sound opposite to the previous advice, but your engine does need to be wound up and pushed at times. Wait until it is at proper operating temperatures and once in a while when merging onto highways, for example, step on the gas for swift acceleration. Getting the engine up in revs will allow it to work hard and burn some of the carbon deposit that tends to accumulate around the valve train. Doing this occasionally will help prevent having an engine head all gummed up or covered with carbon deposits.

8. Get to a full stop before reversing

How often do you, in a rush, throw the gear change lever into reverse (R) while the car is still moving? That is the best recipe for early transmission failure. Take the time to reach a full stop before shifting; this applies to any shifting action. Shifting before this full stop means the transmission needs to take the brunt of the momentum while shifting, which causes undue damage over time.

Make sure to also do so when shifting into park (P). Shifting into park on an automatic transmission means you are engaging a very small lever to lock a gear; that lever is not designed to stop the car and having to do so too often will result in premature failure.

9. Steer while rolling

Whenever possible, try to steer only when the car is in motion. Even when doing a parallel parking maneuver, get the car rolling slightly before turning the steering wheel. This will prevent too much effort being exerted on the steering rack and components, the major cause for steering rack failure. Turning the wheels while standing still puts tremendous stress on the whole steering system as it then has to fight with the tire and asphalt friction while the whole weight of the vehicle is on them.

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10. Plan errands in one round

As much as possible, try to plan all your errands of the day in one outing. There is nothing more damageable for an engine but to be run for only very short trips while being cold. In doing all errands at once, you reduce the time the engine is running cold and have more chances of having it stay to operating temperatures.

A little bit of caution and understanding of your vehicle by following these daily driving tips will help contribute to keeping your car in good shape. 

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