Among one of life's greatest challenges for any homo-sapien throughout history has been the decision between two viable options. For example, having to choose between eating a delicious apple pie or an equally delicious blueberry pie; there is no right answer. Likewise, where the tire hits the road, this decision is the exact equal in dilemma. Choosing between winter or all season tires is one of the biggest decisions one has to make throughout the year! And depending on who you ask, there's a very wide discrepancy as to which one is best for winter driving - with good reason too.
What's the big deal?
Well, the safety of yourself and your loved ones, dummy. It's not to say that winter tires are 100% going to keep you safe on icy roads and we'd be splitting hairs to give you what the differences in percentages are for that. To be quite honest, even with our modern age of technology and advancement of engineering prowess, we still don't have a tire that will keep you from sliding down an decline covered in black ice. So this is where we can base our entire blog post on the fact that winter tires will help you stop quicker and in a shorter distance on black ice. Of course, that's not to say that all-season tires can't stop that way either.
Say what? Okay, hear me out.
Yes, we can all agree that scientifically at a molecular level, the softer compound of a winter tire will handle black ice or snow differently in comparison to a set of all-season tires. But in the right circumstance and proper driving awareness, a person driving on all-season tires can stop the same as a person with winter tires. How? Well, depending on your distance to the car in front of you, the speed at which you are travelling will help determine how safely you can come to a stoppage every single time you need to. No-brainer right? A person with winter tires can become confident and follow too closely at an unsafe speed and cause an accident; to no fault of the tires. So understandably, we can see how hard it is to conduct experiments without being able to properly account for human error.
Um, no. Of course, depending on where one is geographically, with differing weather patterns across the globe, someone in Los Angeles probably doesn't have to even utter the words "winter tires" whereas someone in Alaska would have winter tires a majority of the year. For us here in Ridge Meadows and seeing how last winter was quite a doozy, getting winter tires just for the winter season might actually be the best idea. Winter tires perform well in sub-zero temperatures and the patterns on the tire enables it to handle snow and ice more handily than all-seasons. All-seasons won't handle snow as well but when temperatures start to warm, they'll handle better and especially in the rain, will repel water and provide a better grip in the rain.
If you are looking for safety rather than pinching pennies, getting a set of winter tires to switch in and out of will provide you the best possible driving experience regardless of what mother nature has to throw at you. However, if you're the type to avoid the hassle of switching in and out sets of tires, then going with all-season tires and making sure to drive more conscientiously will make the decision just as viable.
That being said, don't forget to stay safe and be sure to leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
Happy Winter To You All!
As if the news of summer being over isn't bad enough, looks like parts of BC is already starting to snow. Well, so much for the Fall season; might as well start playing the Christmas music and skip Thanksgiving and Halloween altogether. Whether you blame global warming or you believe it's a weather anomaly, experts are calling it a continuation of La Niña which is described as, "a cold event." This event, according to the National Ocean Service, brings a colder winter in the Northwest.
It is probably a safe bet to make that this winter is going to be COLD so make sure your vehicle is in tiptop shape to avoid any problems with worsening road conditions. If we have a longer and colder winter, we can expect to see more pot-holes, more damage to tires, more salt damage to vehicle parts and increased wear and tear on the overall life of our vehicles. Schedule a time to get your tires changed to winter tires in advance because this season is going to be a pretty busy one. Chances are, if you're in the thick of snowfall, you probably won't get an appointment to get your tires swapped out so be the early bird.
Remember to drive slow, maintain more distance from the car in front and pump your brakes rather than applying full pressure. Locking your tires by fully compressing your brakes will cause your car to skid while it struggles for traction.
For all your towing needs in this coming winter season, look no further than Ridge Meadows Towing!
Well, of course it's included! What do you think distracted driving means? If you thought it was purely cellular phone use while driving as the only definition of distracted driving, you're incorrect. Obviously anything that impedes you from safe operation of a vehicle, for example, hands are tied up, then that would constitute distracted driving.
On top of the hefty $368 fine (not sure who comes up with these exact fines), you will also be handed down a 6 point deduction on your license. These 6 points allots to a 300 dollar annual premium (www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/tickets/Pages/Driver-Penalty-Points.aspx) so when you get insurance, expect to pay more. Make sense because if you're unsafe, you better pay more to get insured (not that money discourages bad behavior).
Be sure to keep these things in mind when you're on your commutes leisure or occupational. These days, with the availability and supply of drive-thrus, getting snacks is super convenient so getting caught doing this has become much easier.
Be safe out there!
If you're still not aware, the end of August also marks the end of the tolls on Golden Ears & Port Mann Bridge. This will no doubt help with the traffic coming into Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge as it opens up new routes to take. Not to mention, going to Richmond through Highway 17 is more convenient now instead of the old route of going through New West just to avoid the toll bridge.
Don't forget to pay your outstanding tolls as anything before August 31st, 11:59pm is still counted towards your bill.
And lastly, don't forget to drive safe!
Professionally speaking, the appearance of your tow truck represents the face of your company and your business practices. A poorly maintained tow truck is not only an eyesore but also, safety-wise, a liability for yourself, your customers, and other users of the road. As such, we hope to provide you or your company with the proper maintenance tips to keep your fleet in the best physical shape for the sake of professionalism and your business going forward. Follow these tips to give your towing business a competitive edge.
This first tip is essential for any tow truck operator since it also serves as a workplace safety practice. To ensure quality towing for your clients and mitigating legal liabilities for yourself and your company, doing a periodic 360 degree inspection of your tow truck and its components are essential. If your tow truck is equipped with a winch, checking the cable for frays in the cable is critical to its function. Aside from its components, keeping the amount of loose items in the truck bed also serves as a healthy maintenance practice. Any loose items like nuts and bolts in your truck bed could fly off and damage your customer's windshields; obviously everyone would avoid this as much as possible. Given time, a tow truck will go through varying weather and seasons causing various different types of wear and tear. A properly maintained tow truck will boost the confidence of your operators or yourself in the execution of their daily rounds of serving your communities towing needs.
A Vehicle Too
Well duh! Don't forget that your tow truck is also a vehicle in itself so whatever maintenance you would put on your personal vehicle, you probably want to do that on your tow truck also. A tow truck needing a tow is both comedic and ironic in a mostly negative way so be sure to stay ahead of the curve in your caring of a tow truck. All the regular maintenance like oil changes, tire changes, washer fluid, etc. are all more critical in a tow truck than civilian vehicles. Why? Well, imagine you're in the dead of winter and it's packed snow outside. Most people aren't driving and the ones who are either are super prepared or left without a choice. Without having stayed ahead of winter and getting snow tires for your tow truck in preparation, how can you properly service a call let alone get your tow truck there in the first place? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense does it? Foresight and staying ahead of the game will both save you and your customers many heartaches.
Nothing helps preserve the life of your tow truck more than regular cleaning to minimize deterioration and proper lubrication of all moving parts. Cables and joints are common places for dirt, water and other particles to seep into and cause catastrophic damage. The best way to avoid this type of situation is to regularly inspect, clean and lubricate these areas; maintaining these components will ensure smooth operations and preserve the longevity of your service vehicle.
In summary, a regular and consistent pro-active attitude will pay dividends to the life of your tow trucks. From regular inspections to proper maintenance to diminishing wear & tear through generous lubrication, these all work in conjunction to keep your tow truck in the best condition for your servicing needs both in the present and in the future. A clean vehicle increases the confidence of its operators which in turn assures the customers in any situation and ultimately, pushes up your bottom line. Everyone wins in this situation.
Best of luck!