DRIVING FORCE Sales Consultant Felix Robitaille (right) presents Darren Domkowsky with a cheque for $100 for referring a customer to us.
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Efficient windshield wiper blades are crucial to safe driving and it’s important to pick the right wipers for your vehicle and driving conditions.
There are four types of wiper blades: conventional, winter, beam/flex and hybrid.
Conventional Wiper Blades
- an inexpensive option with a durable metal frame
- conform to most of the windshield as they wipe
- prone to wind lift and ice build-up in the frame, affecting winter visibility
Winter Wiper Blades
- less prone to snow and ice build-up
- do not conform to the windshield as well as conventional or flex wipers
- not suitable for summer use
Beam/Flex Wiper Blades
- relatively lightweight and feature an aerodynamic design, reducing wind lift and resisting the build-up of snow and ice
- frameless design provides lasting protection against streaking
- available with hydrophobic properties or with silicone
Hybrid Wiper Blades
- all-weather blades which can be used in both winter and summer driving
- combine the elements from conventional and flex blades
- show significant improvement in wind lift resistance compared to other blades as they adhere to windshields at high speeds
It is recommended that you change your windshield wipers every six to twelve months or sooner if your wipers show signs of wear. Look for frame damage, metal erosion, cracks, tears and missing pieces in the rubber. Even if there are no visible signs of wear and tear, it may still be time for a new pair if the wipers are streaking, skipping, chattering and splitting.
Maintain your wiper blades and extend their life by:
- cleaning your windshield every time you fill your gas tank and using a damp paper towel to wipe any dirt or oil from the rubber part of the wiper
- using your ice scraper and defroster to de-ice your windshield, not your wipers
What it is
Black ice is clear ice that forms without creating bubbles which allows it to blend in with the pavement on the road. This transparent nature can make black ice quite dangerous as drivers don’t know the ice is there until their vehicle begins to lose control.
When and where it forms
Black ice typically forms at the freezing point, and in frigid weather conditions on highways, it can often form due to the combination of freezing temperatures and heat from tires driving on the road. Black ice normally occurs at night or in the early morning when temperatures are the lowest and the sun isn’t around to warm the road. It is commonly found on a tree-lined route or a tunnel and forms easily on bridges, overpasses and the road beneath overpasses.
What to do
If you hit a patch of black ice, the best way to respond is to stay calm and do as little as possible. Slow down by taking your foot off the accelerator and try to keep the steering wheel straight. If you feel the back end of your car sliding left or right, gently turn the steering wheel in the same direction. Do not hit the brakes and do not steer in the opposite direction as this may cause your vehicle to skid or spin out. If possible, head towards areas of the pavement that offer more traction such as textured ice, snow and spots with sand. Black ice patches are normally no longer than 20 feet (6 metres) so the goal is to just slide your vehicle straight through them.
If your vehicle starts to skid (slide sideways), do not brake suddenly or yank the wheel in the opposite direction as that can make the skid even worse. Stay calm and slowly turn into the direction of the skid just enough to straighten out your vehicle to proceed back to the direction you want to go. It helps to focus on a target of where you want your vehicle to go rather than where the skid is taking you to avoid overcorrecting.
Here are a few tips to prevent or minimize your encounters with black ice:
- Drive according to the weather conditions. Don’t speed during snowy and icy weather as you are more likely to lose control.
- Don’t tailgate. Leave at least a car’s length between you and the vehicle in front of you and two car lengths in bad weather conditions.
- Keep your windshield clear of snow, ice, dirt or anything that can prevent you from seeing properly.
- Ensure your headlights are on when driving in dark and/or snowy conditions. Headlights are not just for night time and can often help you spot a shiny patch of black ice.
One of the most commonly held myths about driving in Canada is that the most effective way to warm up your vehicle in the winter is to let it idle. That’s simply not true. Not only does warming up your vehicle by excessive idling cost you money, wastes fuel and generates unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions, it only warms up the engine and not the wheel bearings, steering, suspension, transmission and tires.
The most effective way to warm up your car is to drive it. You only need to run your vehicle for 30 seconds before it’s okay to drive. Once on the road, it will warm up a lot quicker. Idling slows the process of warming your engine as the coolant does not circulate as well as it does while driving. In fact, idling forces the engine to operate in an inefficient and gasoline-rich mode that can actually damage the engine’s performance and reduce mileage overtime.
Furthermore, plugging in your block heater can help reduce the impact of starting your vehicle as the heater warms the coolant and in turn warms the engine block and lubricants. This allows the engine to start more easily and reach its operating temperature faster. To save money on electricity, invest in an automatic timer and set it to switch the block heater on two hours before you plan to drive your vehicle instead of leaving it plugged in all night.