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What To Do If Your Brakes Fail

Our vehicles are designed to keep us safe and to minimize chances of accidents happening. However, on the very odd occasion, things can go wrong and we have to deal with unknown situations such as brake failure. Hopefully, having your brakes fail on you is something that you won’t ever have to experience, but it’s always good to be in the know about what to do if this situation occurs. Here’s what to do if your brakes fail, and the steps needed to safely bring your vehicle to a stop. . .

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Written on January 27, 2017 by Nicole
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When To Change Your Windshield Wipers

There are certain features on our vehicles that we tend to ignore, and windshield wipers are one of them. It’s easy to completely neglect our windshield wipers, even though they play a vital role in keeping us safe on the roads. Essentially, your wipers help you to clean your windshield and allow you to see the road properly in rain and snowy conditions. It’s important to keep an eye on your wipers, especially if they haven’t been replaced in a while. Here’s how you know when to change your windshield wipers and why they wear down. . .

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Written on January 20, 2017 by Nicole
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Spare Tire Maintenance

Your spare tire is an integral part of your vehicle. While it’s easy to forget about it and leave it in your trunk untouched for many months, it’s important that your spare gets the same level of care and attention as your regular tires as you never know when you’ll need to rely on it. Most vehicles come equipped with a spare tire – unless you have run-flat tires – and its primary purpose is to act as a back-up in case you get a puncture or experience tire damage while driving. Your spare may be different from your normal wheels, or it may be exactly the same, but regardless, spare tire maintenance is essential and something that needs to be done regularly. Here are a few ways you can give your spare the TLC it needs and keep it in top condition so it’s ready for when you need it. . .

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Written on January 16, 2017 by Nicole
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Choosing Winter Tires

Driving in winter can be tough, especially if you live in a very cold climate and regularly experience sub-zero temperatures. Even if you live somewhere with an oceanic climate, such as Vancouver, winters can be harsh especially in the mountains, and snowy spells can easily hit leaving you with tricky and sometimes dangerous driving conditions. Winter tires are an absolute essential in the colder months, and there are many areas of Canada that legally require vehicles to have winter tires, especially on the highways. This ensures maximum control on the roads and can help to prevent bad accidents when harsh weather sets in. To keep you safe this winter, here are a few tips for choosing winter tires and things to look out for. . .

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Written on January 9, 2017 by Nicole
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How To Avoid Getting A Flat Tire

When it comes to your vehicle, maintenance and preventative work is just as important as getting repairs. Preventative methods and looking after your vehicle properly can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, plus you’ll have peace of mind that your car will transport you safely on the roads. Tire maintenance in particular is very important all year round, as your tires are integral in giving you control over your vehicle and gripping the road. If you don’t look after your vehicle properly, your tires are much more likely to wear down which increases your chance of tire damage. Here are a few tips to care for your tires and how to avoid getting a flat tire on your travels. . .

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Written on January 3, 2017 by Nicole
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Why Do You Need Winter Tires?

One question we commonly get asked is, “Why do you need winter tires?” Generally, the answer depends on where you live, where you drive, and the weather conditions that you experience. Winter tires are absolutely essential if you live in a cold climate, or one that regularly receives snow and ice. However, even areas that don’t tend to see snowy weather in winter can experience an extreme cold snap that brings in severe ice, snow and cold temperatures, so it’s always wise to be prepared. If you’re wondering whether you should invest in a set of tires for winter, here’s how to establish whether they’re right for you. . .

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Written on December 27, 2016 by Nicole
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Safe Driving at Night

Driving at night can be challenging, especially during the winter months when the hours of darkness are much longer. Lack of light, reduced visibility, and more difficulty judging distances all contribute to difficult driving conditions, so driving at night is undoubtedly more dangerous than in the daytime. Whether you’re driving under a clear sky or in bad weather, precautions must always be taken to keep you safe on the roads and avoid any accidents. Here are a few tips to ensure safe driving at night and things to look out for to help you take extra care on the road. . .

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Written on December 21, 2016 by Nicole
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How To Winterize Your Car

Winter is here, so if you haven’t already, it’s time to start preparing your car for the colder months. From winter tires, to new windshield wipers, to engine oil, to simply adopting safety precautions, there are many ways to winterize your car to ensure that you stay safe and survive the cold weather. Consider the following steps to get your car ready for the winter ahead. . .

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Written on December 13, 2016 by Nicole
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Choosing Spare Tires

If your vehicle doesn’t come with a spare tire, or if your existing spares need replacing, choosing tires can be a daunting task. While you’ll only need your spare tire on the odd occasion, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look into it properly and find the right tire to suit your vehicle. In the event of using your spare tire, it needs to. . .

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Written on December 6, 2016 by Nicole
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Things To Look For When Buying A Used Car

Buying a used car can feel like a daunting task, so it’s always good to get clued in so you know exactly what to keep an eye out for. Of course, there are no guarantees and the condition of the vehicle rests on its age, mileage, and history, but there are a number of warning signs that are worth knowing. If you’re hunting for the perfect vehicle, here are a few things to look for when buying a used car to make sure you get the best value for money. . .

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Written on November 30, 2016 by Nicole
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Tips For Driving in Snow

We may not be well into winter just yet, but the temperature is starting to fall which means icy weather is on its way. Snow and ice can strike at any time in the winter, so it’s always good to be prepared and know the safest way to drive in extreme conditions. To help you feel more comfortable on the roads this winter, here are a few tips for driving in snow to keep you safe throughout the season. . .

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Written on November 22, 2016 by Nicole
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How To Stay Safe When Driving in the Rain

Wet weather accounts for thousands of accidents on the roads each year, so it’s essential that you know how to stay safe when driving in the rain. Increased stopping time, poor visibility, and slippery roads all contribute to difficult driving conditions that can ultimately put you, your passengers, and other drivers in danger. The next time you’re caught driving in the rain, here are a few pointers to help keep you safe in wet conditions. . .

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Written on November 14, 2016 by Nicole
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How Do Anti-lock brakes Work?

Have you ever wondered how you can still maintain control over your vehicle even when the brakes are applied? The system, also known as ABS, is a mechanism in your vehicle that allows you to steer when braking heavily and prevents skidding to keep you safer on the roads. Anti-lock brakes are an essential feature as they give you more control over your vehicle. So if you’re wondering how ABS works, here’s a brief overview and why it’s such an important feature. . .

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Written on November 8, 2016 by Nicole
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Can You Repair A Flat Tire?

Can You Repair A Flat Tire? One question many people ask is whether you can repair a flat tire. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, tires can be a costly investment, so it’s good to know whether you can get your tire patched up or if it’s gone past the point of repair. One ...

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Written on November 1, 2016 by Nicole
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Reasons to Keep Your Car in the Garage in Winter

With winter approaching, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you can best look after your vehicle. Whether your vehicle is 10 years old or 1 year old, it’s always good practice to care for it properly to increase its lifespan and prevent any problems in the long run. Since Canad...

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Written on October 25, 2016 by Jeanne
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Fall Vehicle Maintenance  

Fall Vehicle Maintenance Fall is a beautiful time of year. The leaves turn orange, the air is crisp, and the weather is usually lovely and fresh. It’s also the perfect time to start prepar... read more

Written on October 17, 2016 by Brian
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How To Care For Your Exhaust System 

How To Care For Your Exhaust System Since the exhaust is hidden on the underside of our cars, it’s easy to ignore it and forget what a crucial role it plays. The exhaust system has the vita... read more

Written on September 8, 2016 by Joe
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How long you can drive on a spare tire? 

How long can you drive on a spare tire?

Your tire goes at the time when you least expect it, which is why it’s so important to keep a spare in your trunk just in case. But how safe is your back-up tire, and how long can you drive on a spare tire before you need to head to your local tire specialist and get it fixed? Read on to find out! read more

Written on July 18, 2016 by Danielle
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Car Brake Maintenance 

The braking system is one of your vehicle’s most important safety features. Especially if you use your vehicle on a daily basis, your brakes will endure a significant amount of wear and tear throughout their lifetime, so it’s essential that you take all measures to care for your brakes to ensure they’re in good working order. Taking time out to get your vehicle serviced is crucial to ensure your safety on the roads, so here are a few indicators that your vehicle may require car brake maintenance. read more

Written on June 13, 2016 by Danielle
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Timing Belt Replacement 

Timing Belt Replacement   The timing belt may be hidden inside your vehicle’s hood, but it’s one of the most important parts of your engine. Your timing belt plays a huge role in th... read more

Written on May 18, 2016 by Brian
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IMPORTANCE OF CHANGING ENGINE OIL 

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, changing your oil is one of the most inexpensive but vital things you can do to care for your engine. We all know that engine oil is required for our vehicle to r... read more

Written on April 26, 2016 by Danielle
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5 Warning Signs You Need New Tires

5 Warning Signs You Need New Tires   Just like we need to take a trip to the dentist from time to time, our tires need a little TLC too. Checking your tires on a regular basis is incredibly important, but unfortunately it’s not something that we do often enough. Ultimately, a good set o...

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Written on April 11, 2016 by Danielle
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Big O Tire Canada Develops Brand New Solution for Customers

Recently, Big O Tires Canada has decided to introduce a new Website, powered by Net Driven. Since being established, BIG O Tires has been "Getting It Right!" when it comes to your vehicle.  In case you are unsure of your tire need, the website features a new Tire Size Finder, which allows you t...

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