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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Snow Tires

Deeper Tread Means More Grip

Snow tires are more effective then standard tires and even all-season tires because they have deeper tread with specifically designed patterns that allows more traction in, slush and ice. They also are made with a specific rubber compound that stays softer and more flexible in the cold weather that provides more contact to the surface and thus more control.

Essential for Winter Driver Safety

Winter tires are absolutely essential for winter driving safety. They not only help you get going in the often difficult driving conditions but equally as important, they allow you to stop. It you are going to the local mountains to ski, up to Whistler or into the Interior, snow tires are often mandatory to pass for obvious safety conditions. Please do not think that your superior driving skills matter when you are sliding on ice or stock in a few inches of snow because they won’t.

Renting Vehicles with Weather Appropriate Tires

Snow tires can be expensive running upwards of $250 per tire plus installation cost. It can be costly for the wallet and time especially considering the annual rush at tire shops when the white stuff starts to fall. Often the best solution for the snow tire issue in a climate like Vancouver where snow is not a constant on the ground in the city but does come at different times throughout the winter… is to rent a car, van or SUV already equipped of the snow tires. Vancouver is known to get dumps for one or two days here and there so its tough to justify buying snow tires but yet essential if you want to drive on those days. Not only will you be driving safely in a properly equipped car for the conditions but you can save your own vehicle from the dirt and damage caused by the constant salting trucks that service the road.

Car Towing

Tips for the towing driver

If you are the one towing the car you should be cautious that you don’t cause damage to the cars. When starting off, you should start off gently and ensure that you don’t yank the rope which would cause it to break. When changing direction, do it gently and always warn the other driver about it. It’s common for the tow rope to break. If it breaks or you see any other problem, you should stop immediately.

Tips if you are the one getting towed

Getting towed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have control of your car. Before the towing begins you should turn on the ignition so that you release the steering lock. This is to make it easy for you to steer the car. While on the road, pay close attention to the driver towing you. You should steer and brake your car in synchronization with the driver towing you.

You should maintain tension in the towing rope by applying light brakes. This is to minimize jolting. If the steering or brakes aren’t working you should avoid getting towed as you can’t control the car. In such a scenario you should call a professional towing company that will tow the vehicle even in your absence. The companies use specialized vehicles that are able to move the car without requiring a second driver.

Preparing To Receive Imported Car

Double-check all the requirements you need to claim your imported car. Make sure you have all the required paperwork for customs. These documents usually include the original bill of lading, bill of sale, and proper foreign registration. Don’t forget to check the custom’s website every now and then to see if there are any new forms that you may have to complete and submit or other requirements.

Prepare for all the expenses. Although you may already have paid a lot during the initial shopping and importing process, you will still have to pay some fees when your car arrives. Make sure you have the budget for this and some additional money to cover any unexpected additional charges. The last thing you want is to suddenly scrimmage for some money or even have a hard time coming up with the amount you need when claiming your car.

Consider hiring a customs broker to handle the process for you. If you don’t have the time to do all the work that comes with preparing to receive your imported vehicle, you can always hire a customs broker to do this. Although you will have to pay extra for this service, you can avoid a lot of mistakes when you work with a customs broker. Providers of this service will check all the required documents you have to ensure there will be no delays at customs. They will also already know the fees that come with getting your car so you don’t have to do any additional research or guesswork.

Recycling Worn Out Parts of Vehicles

1. Oil Filters:

When an oil filter needs to be discarded, it cannot be just dumped into the garbage. The reason for this is that the oil filter contains oil which contains toxins. If released into the environment, it will contaminate the soil, waterways, underground reservoir and marine life.

The recycling of oil filters entails mechanical crushing of the filter to extract all the remaining oil. This leaves the metallic portion. The metal is sold as scrap and reused.

2. Car Batteries:

Many a time a car may have its various parts functioning perfectly but the battery may be malfunctioning. At such times it becomes necessary to dispose of the battery. Disposal of battery should be done with caution as a car battery contains acids and lead which are harmful to the environment.

An old car battery can be recycled to manufacture a new one. Therefore, many battery vendors offer to exchange old batteries for new ones. The best way to recycle a car battery is to exchange a worn out battery for a new one or a recycled one. Using a recycled battery is beneficial as it is much cheaper than a new battery.

3. Tires:

Once the tires of a car are worn out, they will need to be replaced. Disposal of car tires is a problem. This is because car tires are non- biodegradable and voluminous. Hence, they occupy the precious landfill.