Winter tires gain their advantage not only because they have superior tread patterns that are engineered for traction on ice and snow, but because they’re made with softer rubber compounds to enhance grip. That means when it’s cold, whether it’s on dry pavement, snow, or slush, they’ll always outperform all-season tires.
Regardless of your choice in tires, it’s important to check your tire pressure in winter on a regular basis. As temperatures drop, the pressure in your tires will decrease – ensuring that your winter tires have the right amount of pressure will extend their tread life, reduce fuel consumption, and keep you and your passengers safe on the road.
After all, tires are what allow you and your vehicle to roll down the road. The main functions of a vehicle’s tires include supporting the vehicle load, transmitting traction and braking forces to the road surface, absorbing road shocks, and changing and maintaining the direction of travel.
Why is Autumn Driving Dangerous?
Fall is a beautiful time of the year in the lower mainland. But it can be unpredictable. A bright, sunny day can suddenly turn cold and rainy right before your evening commute.
In addition to sudden weather changes, here are some other reasons why autumn driving can be dangerous:
Wet leaves are slippery and can cause your car to start hydroplaning unexpectedly.
When schools are back in session there’s more traffic on the roads.
The angle of the sun changes in the fall, which can make the early morning and late afternoon glare more intense.
Rain, fog and frost
Fall weather can limit visibility and make bridges slippery — making driving more challenging for commuters in the lower mainland.
Although you should always obey posted speed limits, it is especially important during the school year. Children crossing the road on their way to and from school can easily get distracted and step into harm’s way.
This is particularily important at the beginning of the school year and police will be out in full to enforce the law throughout British Columbia.
Slowing down and being vigilant is crucial to keeping kids safe. Children are often out throughout the day at recess, lunch, and for certain classes, so it’s important to drive slowly throughout the day.
Gas prices on the rise!
With fuel prices rising this summer, smart motorists can save dramatically by following these 5 simple gas-saving tips.
1. Plan your trip
Did you know that several short trips can consume up to 2X more fuel when initiated from a cold engine? By planning your trips wisely, you’ll save big.
2. Use your cruise control
Using your cruise control when out on the highway will help you maintain speed that is legal, safe, — and very fuel efficient.
3. Refuel in the morning
Gas is stored underground and is more dense in the morning when it’s cooler. As the day warms, gas expands and a litre of gas becomes slightly less by volume.
4. Keep your air filter clean
Replacing your air filter is easy and inexpensive, and probably the most practical way to increase gas mileage of any vehicle.
5. Brake sensibly
Avoid sudden breaking when coming to an intersection. You’ll save considerably by taking your foot off the gas pedal and coasting to a stop.
Whether your Kia is new or you’ve been driving your KIA for years, sooner or later even the best drivers can be involved in an accident.
To get your KIA back to its original condition, KIA Motors recommended that all KIA owners take their vehicles to a Factory Authorized KIA Repair Centre in order to avoid disapointment.
B&D Autobody and Glass has been recognized and Certified as the trusted KIA repair centre in Vancouver by KIA Corporate — and that includes getting the paint right. We’ll match the exact factory paint specifications for your KIA and our technicians and paint specialists will get your KIA running and looking great again.
B&D Autobody and Glass is proud to announce that we’ve been given the KIA Certified Collision Care Provider status, — a prestigious certification offered only to those with proven qualified collision repair facilities.
What does our certification mean to you?
Certification proves to insurers and to customers alike, that we have what it takes to repair all the highly technical current and next generation KIA vehicles.
Being CERTIFIED proves that our collision repair facilities have all the proper tools, equipment, as well as the training, — all essential to your vehicle’s fit, finish, durability, functionality, value, and safety.
Beware of hidden damage
When your car has been involved in any type of rear-end collision, even when the damage seems superficial, don’t take chances with hidden problems that can jeopardize your safety later. Instead, bring it to a dependable auto body shop to have the damage inspected, inside and out. Our body shop technicians have the training, experience and equipment to locate and repair underlying issues and get you back on the road promptly and safely again.
At B&D Autobody and Glass, we work directly with insurance companies so you don’t have to, — and guarantee our work to ensure your peace-of-mind for countless miles after the repairs are done.
Another long weekend approaches and many British Columbians are planning family road trips, but some are warning this could mean hectic roads and tricky conditions at higher elevations.
Taking a road trip in early spring doesn’t put you in the clear when it comes to the highways of BC. You may be surrounded by cherry blossoms in greater Vancouver, but as soon as you leave city limits and head for higher elevations you may find that winter remains.
Well travelled highways such as the Sea to Sky, Coquihalla, and Allison Pass (and others) can get daytime/overnight snowfall all the way through until the summer. You need to prepare accordingly. Don’t change your winter tires quite yet.
According to ICBC, Easter long weekends average four fatalities, 650 injuries, and 2,300 crashes in the province. Last year, reports show that there were nearly 500 injuries and almost 2000 crashes in B.C. over the Victoria Day long weekend.
Make sure your vehicle is road-ready after the winter thaw – follow these spring car maintenance tips to ensure your ride is fit for the upcoming warmer season.
- Change those winter tires. While these are ideal for winter weather conditions, winter tires actually compromise traction on dry and wet roads.
- Your vehicle will need a thorough cleaning. Give your car a good post-winter-washing, both on the outside and inside — that means washing and waxing, clearing out that built-up clutter, and whipping out the handheld vacuum to pick up all those crumbs.
- Check your battery. If your car battery is more than four years old, you should consider driving down to your local auto parts supplier to get your battery tested, and possibly replaced.
- Check your brakes. Before setting off on any spring road trips, make sure your brakes are in good working order — especially when driving in BC’s mountainous terrain.
- Check your windshield wipers. Snow, sludge and ice can take a toll on your wiper blades in wintertime – make sure they’re ready for April showers, and check for tears or cracks.
- Change your oil and fluids. This is the easiest way to avoid unnecessary high fuel consumption, poor engine performance, and can even prevent severe engine damage.
Taking these simple steps now will go far to eliviate future problems and make that spur-of-the-moment spring get away just that much safer and more enjoyable.
Most collisions in winter and early spring are caused from driving too fast, and following too close — which is also a major factor in casualty collisions in British Columbia.
The following tips will show how you can make a few adjustments when driving in bad weather.
- Adjust your speed and slow down.
- Drive at a speed so you can safely control your vehicle.
- Leave some space — it can take as much as twelve times the normal distance to stop in icy conditions.
- Never use cruise control on wet or slippery roads.
- Look at least 15 to 20 seconds ahead and slow down if your visibility is reduced.
- Use extra caution when approaching highway maintenance equipment and never pass on the right.
Before you leave, dress for the weather conditions, even on short trips. Clear your windshield, lights, mirrors and all side windows of ice and snow to give you proper visibility. And finally, keep your gas tank full to avoid the risk of codensation that may cause gas-line freezing.