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Winter Tires – How to Purchase and Maintain Them (Part 1 of a 3-Part Series)

posted by Maaco Saskatoon    |   February 26, 2014 08:40

When purchasing winter tires, the customer is often overwhelmed with decisions – the first of which is whether or not to purchase them in the first place.

 

Winter tires are costly, but well worth the investment. Built for all types of vehicles, these special tires allow the driver to deal with icy roads to reduce the chance of spinning out or fishtailing on corners. In hilly areas driving in winter can be a hazard as well, with snow and ice, and a nervous driver’s mind can be put better at ease knowing that their braking capacity is strengthened with winter tires, and that they will be able to stop at a shorter distance, to allow for the driver’s maximum reaction time.

 

Since the elasticity of regular all-season tires is decreased when the outside temperature drops below a certain point - 7°C/45°F –the customer can expect the performance of their all-season or summer tires to decrease as well. That being said, the customer can expect increased performance in their winter tires, because their winter tires are built differently, with a compound that maintains elasticity. This is crucial in a collision situation.

Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada are advising motorists to always be mindful about safe driving in winter.

Vehicle handling is improved when tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index are installed on all four wheels. View a demonstration video showcasing the benefits of using four winter tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index by visiting visit http://www.rubberassociation.ca/wintertirevideos/wintertirevideos.html.

Snow Tires

Tires marked with the pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake meet specific snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions.

 

If you intend to drive in severe winter conditions, install four winter tires that meet the "snow tire" designation on your vehicle. These snow tires will assist you in controlling your vehicle safely in slippery conditions.

Tires marked "M + S" – or "mud and snow" tires, also known as "all-season" tires— continue to provide safe all-weather performance, but may not always be suitable for severe snow conditions. Wide, high performance tires, other than those that are specifically designed as snow tires, are not considered suitable for use on snow covered roads.

Which Snow Tires are Available (And Where)

You can contact tire dealers or manufacturers to obtain information on which models meet this new designation.

Please remember:

• Install four winter tires - To help maintain control and stability of your vehicle in icy conditions, Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada recommend that you install winter tires in sets of four.

• Mixing tires with different tread patterns, internal construction, and size degrades the stability of the vehicle and should be avoided.

• As a tire wears, snow traction is reduced. Tires that are worn close to the tread-wear indicators have reduced traction and should not be used on snow-covered roads or in severe snow conditions, and should be replaced as soon as possible.

• Proper air pressure extends tread life, improves safety, and reduces fuel consumption — all vital factors in saving energy and protecting the environment. Tire pressure decreases as temperatures drop, so be sure to check the pressures at least once a month when the tires are cold, especially and preferably after the car has been out all night to get an accurate reading. (For more information on proper tire inflation, please see the publication “Riding on Air” at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng//motorvehiclesafety/tp-200.htm.)

If you have winter tires and still find yourself in a collision, Maaco Collision and Auto Repair will take care of all your car’s needs, during and after, with our Customer For Life program. Call us at (306) 653-5655 or visit us at www.maacosaskatoon.ca, or come see us at 659 51st St E, so that we can help you get back on the road. Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make it like it never happened

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Meet all the awesome members of our team!

posted by Maaco Saskatoon    |   February 7, 2014 15:48

Robin “Steve” Wakelin is our “go-to” guy here at Maaco Collision in Saskatoon. He really enjoys doing glass work and wants to continue with that. He’s our glass technician, putting in all the windows of the vehicles that we do here down at the shop.

Steve has done glass for two years now at Maaco, in addition to a few other jobs, detailing and automotive refinishing, sanding, polishing, and teardowns of vehicles that come through the shop. Steve took shop class in high school and through that, learned a lot about automotive finishing and wanted to continue that as a career.

Originally from North Battleford, he relocated to Saskatoon for work opportunities for himself and his family. Some of Steve’s hobbies are snowboarding, skateboarding, fishing, being outdoors, and a variety of country music.

If you want to get your windshield fixed by Steve, give us a call at 306-653-5655 at Maaco Collision and Auto Repair and we’ll schedule you an appointment.



What to do When You’re Involved in a Collision

posted by Maaco Saskatoon    |   January 22, 2014 10:11

 

 

When experiencing a collision, sometimes life can become very stressful and overwhelming when you were least expecting it to.

 

 

 

 Sometimes they can occur when driving conditions are poor, such as when the roads are icy, when there is black ice present, and when there is a snowstorm, or when it is very windy. 

 

 

 

When traffic collisions seem to happen so quickly, it can be hard to recall the details later. 

 

      

 

The most important thing to do in the case of a traffic collision is to remain calm, although sometimes this is a task that is easier said than done.  If someone is hurt, if you think any other driver may be guilty of a Criminal Code offence, such as drunk driving, or if there is significant property damage, you must always call the police.

 

In the case of an accident, if no one is hurt please try to move your car to the side of the road where it will not obstruct traffic.  If your car is not mobile, simply turn on your hazard lights, or use cones, flares, or warning triangles.

 

At the time that the collision occurs write down as much information as you can about the accident so that you don’t forget it when you are asked to repeat it later.  When filing a claim with your local SGI insurance outlet, you will be asked at that time to recall details about the incident.  While speaking with the other driver or drivers, if one or more was involved, write down their contact information, such as name, phone number, and address, as well as their insurance broker if applicable, and if there were any witnesses, write down their information as well.  If you can, you may sketch the accident, noting the position and directions of the cars, or use a disposable camera if you have one. 

 

Though it can be difficult and stressful being in a car accident, remember that these accidents can and do happen to anyone.  Always be vigilant and watchful of unsafe road conditions, and do not drive if you do not feel comfortable doing so.  If you are involved in a collision, please call SGI.  Once SGI has done all the preliminary paperwork, Maaco can help you with all your collision repairs and needs.  Please call us at Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting at 306-653-5655, or simply bring your car down to the shop at 659 51st St E and we’ll handle the concerns of your vehicle.  We can’t prevent an accident, but we can make your vehicle look like one never happened.

 

Icy Road Conditions

posted by Maaco Saskatoon    |   January 14, 2014 14:00

This time of year, road conditions-in Saskatoon and rural Saskatchewan-can be very icy and sometimes, it can even be tough to walk on the road without slipping and falling. Imagine what being on the road with a car is like! A car is both fragile and rugged. One wrong move on an icy road without the proper winter tires might have you in a fender-bender (or the ditch), but as well, a car must be winterized to survive in harsh winter weather conditions.

Driving on interchanges require extra-special attention and focus while driving, because these often get salted and sanded less frequently than other main roads. While driving on main roads, such as the downtown core, that are often frequented by pedestrians, take extra care and go slowly in these areas, as these are often the iciest of areas. Sometimes leaving a few minutes early for work in the morning will get you ahead of the morning traffic rush, but sometimes it’s also necessary, for driving slow on icy roads so you’re not in a collision.

When on an icy road, if you feel yourself start to skid, don’t brake and don’t panic. If it is slippery, make sure you pump your brakes, also called “threshold” braking, until you come to a complete stop. Trying to see where black ice is, which is invisible, can be hard to do, so please make an effort to drive slowly and carefully at all times.  Remember that if you are in a collision to remain calm.  Our next blog will be on what to do when you are in an accident, keep checking back for more great information.

 

If you are in a collision, Maaco Collision Repair will look after all your and your car’s needs, during and after, with our Customer For Life program. Give us a call at (306) 653-5655 or visit us at www.maacosaskatoon.ca, so that we can help you out and get you back on the road. Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make it like it never happened.

 

Importance of a Safe Windshield Installation

posted by Maaco Saskatoon    |   April 14, 2013 14:56

You look through it every time you’re in a vehicle, but do you know how important the windshield is to your safety?

Not only does it protect you from the elements and road debris, it also keeps you from being ejected from the vehicle if you’re in an accident; it helps the air bags deploy as they’re supposed to; and it supports the roof of the vehicle in the event of a rollover. But in order to do its job effectively, your windshield has to be installed correctly.

The windshield in Jeanne Fransway’s vehicle wasn’t. And it’s a problem that's more common than you may realize, especially when the factory-installed windshield has been replaced.

That’s why Maaco Collision Repair focuses on repairing chips or cracks whenever possible. Repaired glass is even stronger at the point of repair, and by repairing the auto glass instead of replacing it, we can protect the integrity of the factory seal and keep your vehicle as safe as possible.

If the damage to your windshield can’t be repaired, our trained technicians will perform a complete cut out of the old adhesive, clean both the new glass and the windshield frame thoroughly, and apply a new, full layer of the correct adhesive when we replace the windshield to ensure it’s strong enough to keep you and your family safe.

Your auto glass repair or replacement may be covered by your insurance policy. Please contact your insurance provider for details. If your repair or replacement will be covered either totally or in part by your insurance company, please let us know when you call to make an appointment.

 

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