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Helpful Winter Driving Safety Tips

Young woman in snow with carEven though it happens every year, many people need reminders. It’s almost as if we try to block it out of our minds. What am I talking about? Winter driving of course.

Although it begins every year around this time, we often see drivers make typical mistakes on the road. So with that in mind, here are a few early reminders to help keep everyone safe on the roads this winter. Continue reading Helpful Winter Driving Safety Tips

Car Seat Safety Tips

Baby in rear-facing Car SeatRaising kids can be a challenge and a lot of fun. Transporting them in the family vehicle can be difficult at the best of times. I’m not sure which was worse; when the kids were little or when they got older. A day never goes by when I hear “shotgun” from one of my kids. They all want to sit in the front seat. However, when the kids are small, it’s every parent’s responsibility to know where the kids should sit, especially in the early years. Keep in mind the middle of the rear seat is safest for any passenger. It’s farthest away from any of the four sides in case of collision.

As many parents do, they keep infants in rear facing car seats for quite a while. The rear-facing car seat helps to support the child’s head and neck if the driver does a sudden swerve, stops abruptly, or is involved in a crash. Since the infant’s neck muscles haven’t built up much strength in those first years, keeping them in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible is the best thing for them. There are some rear-facing seats that can hold children up to 20 kilograms! As long as your child hasn’t outgrown the rear-facing child seat, keep them in it! Continue reading Car Seat Safety Tips

Tips To Help Your Teen Be a Better Driver

Tips To Help Your Teen Be a Better DriverIt’s that time of year when we send our kids back to school, and for the first time, some of them will be driving themselves — and maybe even siblings — to and from campus.

Regardless of whether they’re headed off to a college in another city or state, or just driving to the school across town, we know you want your teen driver to be as safe as possible behind the wheel. Continue reading Tips To Help Your Teen Be a Better Driver

Driving Tips For Students Heading Back To School

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Well, it’s that time again: The kids will be heading back to school and I think that makes many parents very happy. Having four kids myself, I look forward to getting back into a regular routine once again. However, with an older son who now is heading to college, there are a few things that are different with him driving every day versus walking to school each day. If you’re a parent facing the same things, here are a few tips you may want to consider. Continue reading Driving Tips For Students Heading Back To School

Spring Thaw Brings Pothole Punishment    

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It’s that time of year: Spring season freeze and melt cycles cause our weary roads to erupt with punishing potholes. Another colder-than-average and snowy Ontario winter means additional road maintenance challenges for cities and towns across the province.

Hitting a pothole can damage tires, wheels, steering and suspension, wheel alignment, and more. Hitting even one especially severe pothole could alter the alignment of a wheel and cause uneven tire wear. Uneven tire wear means the tire will need to be replaced sooner than necessary. That bad bump can wind up costing car owners hundreds of dollars in repairs! Continue reading Spring Thaw Brings Pothole Punishment    

5 Tips for Winter Road Safety from CAA and AG+R

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When winter weather gets particularly ugly, driving in severe cold and snowy conditions can be both frightening and dangerous.

These extreme winter weather conditions pose unique challenges and safety risks for most Canadian drivers. To help Canadians prepare for winter driving, the Canadian Automobile Association partnered with Transport Canada to create a brochure listing the top five winter driving safety tips drivers need to know.

The goal is to help Canadian motorists prevent problems before they occur. The brochure, called “You, Your Vehicle and Winter Driving,”  is a handy guide that includes information about how Canadians can make their vehicles winter-ready, how to prepare for and drive in bad weather, and what to pack in a winter survival kit. The downloadable guide is full of helpful safety tips, and can be printed out and kept in your glovebox. However, we’ve got a very brief summary of the five tips here: Continue reading 5 Tips for Winter Road Safety from CAA and AG+R

Are Your Tires Ready For Winter Weather?

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As temperatures cool across the nation, we at Active Green + Ross Tire Centres want to remind drivers that it’s time to start thinking about winter driving conditions and how to protect themselves and their passengers on the road.

While it’s important to adjust driving habits to weather conditions, according to Marc Brazeau, President, Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada,  the most imperative thing Canadians can do to protect themselves and their loved ones is transition to winter tires.

“The idea that all-season tires are as effective as winter tires is a dangerous misconception,” said Brazeau. “The design and durability of winter tires improves performance and enhances safety in a variety of road conditions. They’re the one and only choice for winter driving.” Continue reading Are Your Tires Ready For Winter Weather?

Understanding How Brakes, Tires, and Shocks are the “Safety Triangle” of your Car

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There are three parts of a vehicle — brakes, tires, and shocks — that work all together and are often called the safety triangle. There is a strong relationship between the performance of your car’s shocks, brakes, and tires, and safe driving,  so Active Green + Ross Tire Centres join with Car Care Canada to educate drivers  to ensure proper maintenance of each point on this safety triangle.  Continue reading Understanding How Brakes, Tires, and Shocks are the “Safety Triangle” of your Car

This Dashboard Light Could Save Your Life!

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Do you know what this dashboard light means? It is your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) telling you that one (or more) of your tires is dangerously under inflated.

Under-inflated tires are estimated to cause thousands of car crashes and hundreds of deaths each year, yet 42 percent of drivers still can’t identify the TPMS vehicle dashboard icon, and 1 in 10 surveyed admit to having intentionally ignored a TPMS warning and continued to drive, according to survey results from Schrader International. Continue reading This Dashboard Light Could Save Your Life!