Autos: Ownership

Tips for Driving on Icy Roads

Thursday  17:37,   02 february 2017

The weather can change drastically during the winter season, with wild temperature swings, snow flurries and freezing rain. However, life goes on and no matter what the road conditions are like, we must still get out and drive to work. First and...[...]

Know the Code: What your mechanic is really saying

Thursday  17:36,   02 february 2017

Knowing the lingo of the service counter can be of great help when trying to decide what repairs need to be doneFirst, there are a lot of drivers who have spent years building great relationships with their techs in the shop. These are the types...[...]

Your Corner Wrench: Frozen at the drive-through

Thursday  17:36,   02 february 2017

When a car window gets frozen stuck, the worst thing you can do is keep trying to crank it downIf you’ve ever seen the inner workings of a vehicle’s door window regulator, you might be surprised at how seemingly light and flimsy they are. Like many...[...]

All hail the zipper merge: How Canadian politeness is killing the efficiency of our highways

Wednesday  16:51,   01 february 2017

Canada's stubborn refusal to merge late is dangerous, anarchic and — amazingly — slower. In some of the better-driving parts of the world, it’s illegalVirtually every traffic scientist agrees Canada is absolutely awful at merging through...[...]

Collision mitigation and winter is a tough mix

Tuesday  18:21,   31 january 2017

Precise sensors that keep us safe have little protection against the elementsThe majority of collision mitigation systems use sensors which either detect objects through visual (cameras) or imaging (radar) or sound (sonar) methods. When they’re...[...]

Starting a Car in Winter (and Even Without a Block Heater)

Monday  16:41,   30 january 2017

Starting a Car in Winter (and Even Without a Block Heater) [...]

Brake Pads and Fluids: The Basics

Friday  16:36,   27 january 2017

You not plowing into the back of that Chrysler starts with your brake pedal and ends with its pads, but that's not the whole story.BUT FIRST, THE...[...]

How to Fit Car Seats Three Across

Thursday  17:21,   26 january 2017

One of the most common questions we hear from consumers is, which cars and car seats will make it easy for me to secure three child seats across the rear seat of my car? Laws in many states now rLaws in many states now require children as old as 8...[...]

Your Corner Wrench: Break-in or break it, your choice

Thursday  17:20,   26 january 2017

The first thousand kilometres you drive in your car are crucial to its long-term well-beingYou’ve just gotten the keys for your new ride from your sales consultant, the seemingly endless hours of paperwork are over — you’re finally free to head out...[...]

Great Reasons to use a Trickle Charger (and One Reason Not To!)

Tuesday  16:20,   24 january 2017

I’m a huge advocate of using a battery trickle-charger, or battery tender, when you won’t be driving your vehicle for extended periods of time - and especially if that vehicle is a newer one, packed with fancy electronics that get fussy if the...[...]

Reviving & Restarting Your Old Engine

Monday  16:25,   23 january 2017

The Cranking...[...]

How to get the most out of your car’s headlights

Thursday  17:51,   19 january 2017

Think your car's headlights are bad? Take these steps to improve your vision at nightIt’s become enough of an issue that the venerable Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the U.S. recently started rating the effectiveness of new...[...]

Supercharger vs. Turbocharger

Thursday  17:51,   19 january 2017

You’ve probably heard the terms “turbocharger” and “supercharger” at some point, but without spending plenty of time under the hood of a car, those terms can be little more than everyday automotive buzzwords. Turbochargers and superchargers are...[...]

AWD vs. 4WD: What's the Difference?

Wednesday  16:33,   18 january 2017

AWD vs. 4WD: What's the Difference?The automotive world is full of misinformation, old myths, and half-truths, and nowhere is that more apparent than in conversations about the drivetrain. Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive,...[...]

13 tips for driving safely in winter whiteouts

Tuesday  16:21,   17 january 2017

Plan ahead and check weather forecasts before setting out on the road , especially on longer drives.Look for special notices and storm warnings that may include both snow and wind for the two together can compound an already treacherous situation....[...]