Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - November 2012

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The Christmas Holidays are fast approaching and I know many of you are starting or have already started your Christmas shopping.  Many of you are probably also planning to be doing a lot of driving to different families for the holidays as well.  The last thing anyone wants is to be stranded on the side of the road with the car full of presents, kids, the dog and it’s snowing out!  I remember coming home from my grandparents one year on Christmas day, and we passed a mini van with it’s four ways flashing on the side of the road and a few feet ahead a man was walking.  My dad decided to stop and it turns out the man had run out of gas and his family were waiting in the van to keep warm.  Do you know how hard it is to find a gas station that is open on Christmas day?  Very difficult!  Eventually, we did find a gas station and got him some gas to get him back going on the road.  Running out of gas on Christmas Day is something that is completely avoidable and yet it happens.  Let’s be prepared over the holidays so it doesn’t turn into a disaster for us. I’ve attached a Winter Survival Guide that was produced by Be Car Care Aware so be sure to download it and check it out.

Since I won’t be sending out another newsletter until the end of December have a happy holiday season and safe travels.


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Active Green and Ross has 75 locations across Ontario and they have great prices on Winter Tires!

This month's topic: 6 Holiday Tips to Stay Safe

  1. If you are planning a long trip make sure you take your vehicle into your local Active Green and Ross store and get the “once over”. Are you ready for an oil change?  If so, this is a good time to do it since the technicians will also check your battery.  If your battery is weak you will definitely find out in the wintertime, since that’s when it will likely let you down. Get your battery changed before it lets you down. The average life of a battery is just over three years.
  2. Install or purchase four winter tires!  I keep harping on this but they are so incredibly important to safe driving.  I know it is going to be colder than +7 degrees Celsius this winter and it is predicted we will get more snow this year than last year. Go to www.activegreenross.com to check pricing on tires.
  3. Keep your gas tank between a ¼ and ½ tank.  This is a good habit to have to protect your fuel pump but also, the lower you go in gas, the greater risk you take in getting water in your gas lines and having it freeze up and then your car won’t start!  That’s no fun…. Also, you never know when you may be stranded due to an accident on the highway and you have to sit in your vehicle for hours until the mess is cleaned up.
  4. Share the driving.  Driving while you are fatigued can be very dangerous especially if the roads are bad.  You need all of your faculties and you need to be paying 100% attention.  If you are tired and there is someone else in the vehicle who can drive, let them drive a bit while you rest.
  5. Keep an Emergency Roadside Kit in your vehicle.  The hope is that you never need to get this out, but you never know.  The only times I’ve needed my roadside kit was when I’ve been driving other people’s vehicles.  Ahhhh.  My Kelly Gear Emergency Roadside Kit would be the perfect addition to your trunk  Items that you want to keep in your trunk include but aren’t limited to: booster cables, blanket, gloves, snow brush, screwdriver, windshield washer fluid and kitty litter.  A full list can be found in the Be Car Care Aware Winter Survival Guide.  I’m attaching a link to it so that you can download it.  http://www.aiacanada.com/uploads/BCCA/NEW_BCCA/PDFs/BCCA_winter_survival_guide_en.pdf
  6. If you do get into a situation where your vehicle is skidding make sure YOU LOOK WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.  This is the most important aspect of winter driving and increase your following distance when the roads are bad.  Everyone needs more space to stop.

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!

This months photo: Be Car Care Aware, Winter Survival Guide

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