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Protect Your Vehicle from Road Salt this Winter

3 ways to help protect your car from salt, snow, dirt and debris.

By | Car Cleaning, News, Repair Tips, Safety

Although we may love the idea of a beautiful White Christmas, your car sure doesn’t. If you’re driving on the road often, your vehicle may pick up lots of dirt, salt, rocks and other debris hidden in the snow.

 

Here are 3 ways to keep the exterior and interior of your car clean this winter:

 

1. Paint Protector

Winter weather conditions take a toll on the exterior of your car. Just like when you wear gloves, a hat, and coats to endure the snow and cold, your car also deserves some added protection.

Your vehicle’s paint protects the metal from outside elements like ice, salt and debris. Using paint protector will keep the paint in shape and ensure your vehicle is not exposed to corrosive properties (washmenow.ca).

Now is the perfect time to add a layer of protection to your car before the snow and salt start hitting the road. You can either purchase a paint protector and apply it yourself or take your car to a detail shop.

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3. A Car Wash Goes a Long Way

One element of winter driving that causes the most exterior damage to your vehicle is road salt. Salt on the road does have benefits for safer driving, however it can cause some damage to your exterior over time.

In-N-Out-Car-Wash explains that “Salt can get into all the cracks and crevasses of your car, waiting for the spring when the weather warms up and it actively starts to produce rust and corrosion.”

Washing your car throughout the winter season is a great way to keep the bottom and sides of your car clean and prevent rust or deterioration.

There are a few options to choose from when washing your car this winter:

  1. A single wash at your local gas station, estimated between $7.99-$14.99 CAD depending on the service
  2. Specialty car wash shops such as In-N-Out-Car-Wash
  3. Season passes offered at local gas stations

 

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3. Don’t Forget to Look Down

Salt, snow, mud and dirt not only make a mess of your exterior but also collect inside. When getting into a vehicle, most of us are focused on getting away from the cold that we don’t pay attention to the mess we bring in.

If you haven’t done so already, look into purchasing rubber floor mats for your car. Even though most cars have a rubber base, a mat will make cleaning out dirt and salt much easier and allow you to keep it clean more often.

Tip: To clean the mats themselves, use a rim and tire cleaner to get rid of the stains the salt leaves behind.

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winter tires

Winter vs. All-Season Tires: What works best?

Get the right tires for the right conditions.

By | News, Safety, Tires

The winter season is quickly approaching and it’s time to start thinking about changing your tires!

 

When it comes to the winter season, it’s important to take extra precautions when driving. The weather conditions and cold temperatures have a drastic effect on the function of your regular car tires. So, it’s important to consider changing to winter tires once the temperature starts to drop even if you don’t see the snow!

Why are winter tires so important?

 

Many parts of Canada and the United States experience extreme winter conditions that make driving very difficult and hazardous. Although all-season tires can somewhat navigate through snow and ice, they may not fully perform well in extreme cases; making winter tires a necessity on the road.

Studies show that at 7° C (44° F), the rubber on all-season tires will stiffen up and begin to have less traction on the road.

 

Enoch Omololu states that “the main difference between winter and all-season tires is in the rubber compound used to make them. Winter tires are made of softer rubber that remains flexible when temperatures drop and maintain a grip on the road. In addition, winter tires have deeper threads that allow for a bigger bite and traction on snow and ice.”

Where are winter tires mandatory?

 

In Canada there are only two provinces that have legal regulations for winter tires:

British Columbia

  • Many roads in BC require winter OR all-season tires between October 1st and March 31st
  • Some places outside of the Greater Vancouver and Victoria regions (mountainous regions) require tire chains/studded tires
  • A failure to follow these requirements will result in a fine of $109

Quebec

  • The previous mandatory date for changing to winter tires was December 15th but has been moved up to December 1st through to March 15th as of 2019, in efforts to increase road safety and encourage other parts of Canada to follow by example
  • This includes every type of motorized vehicle
  • Failure to comply with this regulation may result in a fine between $200-$300

United States

Throughout the United States there are no regulations that legally require you to have winter tires. However, it’s recommended that people driving within the Snow Belt, an area subject to low temperatures and heavy snowfalls, should consider changing to winter tires.

 

 

How can the Jack and Jill of All Tires help?

 

Of course it’s simple to make an appointment at your local mechanic to get your winter tires changed. But why go through the inconvenience of taking time off work and waiting around because of the inevitable delays, just to do it all again in 5 months time? With the Jack and Jill of All Tires you can change your tires on your own schedule.

The average cost of a tire change is $60 CAD, and that’s just for one car for one season! The minimum cost of having your tires changed for you would be around $120 CAD, and at a retail price of $220 CAD, the Jack and Jill of All Tires will pay for itself within two years. Now imagine the time and money you’ll save if you have more than one car to maintain!

  • Having a mechanic change your tires could take hours.
  • Changing them on your own could take 40 minutes.
  • And ordering a Jack and Jill will only take 5

 

Order your Jack and Jill of All Tires today and change your tires by the weekend.

 

The Old Farmer's Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Predictions

Want to know know more about the upcoming winter season? Find out more with some winter weather predictions.

By | News, Safety

The Old Farmer’s Almanac and how it can help you:

 

In preparation for the winter season, it’s important to do some research about what the upcoming weather predictions will be. The Old Farmer’s Almanac; more specifically the long range forecast is the perfect source! The forecast accuracy is about 80 % due to the gathering and study of overall weather patterns. 

The long range forecast can predict weather patterns and temperatures for up to two months, so it’s a perfect source to consider when thinking about changing your tires. 

The Farmer’s Almanac bases its forecasts on three scientific disciplines:

  • solar science (the study of sunspots and other solar activity)
  • climatology (the study of prevailing weather patterns)
  • meteorology (the study of the atmosphere)

In making accurate predictions, the information is gathered amongst different regions throughout the United States and Canadian Provinces.

Canadian winters really portray the perfect ‘white Christmas’, however, if you live in Ontario you may experience a harsher winter than the other provinces with temperatures and snowfall expected to be greater than normal.

 

Atlantic Canada

  • Includes: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and part of Québec.
  • Winter temperatures will be normal with the coldest period beginning mid-December to early March. Precipitation will be below normal in the north but above normal in the south. The snowfall will be above average beginning mid November to early February.  

Southern Quebec

  • Winter temperatures will be normal with the coldest periods in early December to late February. The snowfall will be generally below normal but the snowiest period will be from late November to late March.

Southern Ontario

  • Winter temperatures, precipitation and snowfall will be above average. The coldest period will be from mid-November to early March while the snowiest period will be from early December to early March.

The Prairies 

  • Includes: Southern Alberta, Southern Manitoba and Southern Saskatchewan.
  • Temperatures will be higher than normal with above normal precipitation. It will be the coldest beginning in early January through early March. The snowfall will be below average in the west but above average everywhere else with the snow beginning mid-November to early April

Southern British Columbia

  • Winter will be colder with above normal precipitation and below normal snowfall. The coldest and snowiest period being from mid-December to mid-February. 

Northwest Territories and Yukon 

  • Winter temperatures, precipitation and snowfall will be above normal.
  • For the Northwest Territories, the coldest period will be from early January to mid-February while the snowiest period will be from mid-November to late December.
  • While in Yukon the coldest period will be from late November to early March and the snowiest period from mid-November until early February.
The winter season throughout the United States varies depending on what region you live in. Those who live further north, specifically in the snowbelt, will experience different ranges of temperatures and snowfall this year.
Keep reading to learn more about your location.

 

 

1.Northeast Region 

  • Includes (parts of): Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont.
  • The winter will be milder than normal with above normal precipitation and normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be throughout January and the snowiest periods will be from mid-November to early January

2. Atlantic Corridor 

  • Includes (parts of): Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, NY, NJ, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. 
  • The winter temperatures will be above average with the coldest period being between mid-January to late February. Precipitation will be above normal while the snowfall will be a little below average. The snowiest period will be throughout February.  

6. Lower lakes region 

  • Includes (parts of): Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, NY, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 
  • Winter will be normal with above average precipitation. The coldest periods will be from early December to mid-January. The snowfall will be above normal, specifically in Ohio, and the snowiest period will be from early January to late March. 

9. Upper Midwest

  • Includes (parts of): Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota.
  • The winter temperatures will be above normal with the coldest and snowiest periods taking place from early January to late March.

 

If you live in any of these regions and are expecting snow beginning early November, consider changing your tires with the Jack and Jill of All Tires to be prepared for this upcoming winter!

 

For further information about daily, monthly and yearly weather predictions in your region, you can head over to the Almanac website and discover more about general weather and temperature patterns.

 

Travel Tips for Back to School

Worried about getting a flat tire on the road? Here are some tips to get you or your child to school safely!

By | News, Repair Tips

When getting ready to drive on the highway, it’s important to be prepared for the long journey. Flat tires happen often on these types of trips and there are simple ways to prevent or limit this hazard.

 

What Can Cause a Flat Tire:

Tire Pressure

  • Over or under-inflated tires can cause lots of damage to your vehicle. So, before heading on the road it’s very important to check your tire pressure. The recommended PSI for your vehicle’s tires is located on the panel on the inside of the driver’s side door.

However, a common mistake that is often overlooked is the effect that extra weight has on your tires.

  • When you are moving back to school, be cautious when overloading your vehicle with excess weight your tires are not used to carrying. If too much weight is sitting on a tire, it can cause a blowout (same effect as sitting on a balloon). So be sure to compensate for the extra weight and distribute an even pressure amongst all four tires.

Poor Road Maintenance/Construction Zones

  • Flat tires and highway construction zones go hand in hand. Many major highways have areas that are under construction for either maintenance, extensions or upgrades.
  • When driving through these areas, be sure to slow down and look ahead for signs of construction debris such as nails and glass and also try to avoid unmaintained pot holes or rough paving spots. It is important to note that “if the hit is hard enough, it can damage the tire, either on the outside where one can see it or on the inside where the damage is hidden” (Wheels.ca). Concluding that the damage could be instant or the wear and tear on your tires could result over a few months.

It’s a Blowout! Common Causes of Flat Tires

Hot Weather

High temperatures cause the air in your tires to expand, increasing the tire’s overall internal pressure and the chances that you’ll spring a leak or blowout altogether. During warm weather, be sure to monitor your tire pressure regularly and do what you can to avoid overinflation.

How to prepare for your trip

  • Plan your route and consider alternative ways in case of road closures
  • Follow your local news outlets for updates on highway traffic and accidents
  • Check your vehicle and tires before and during your trip

How we can help

 

We carry two products that were created for the safety of our daughters who also endured these long road trips to and from school throughout the years. Click the link to check out Our Story.

The Jack and Jill of All Tires

Essential for long drives, The Jack and Jill of All Tires is a simple and compact tool that can be stored in the trunk of your car – making changing your tires on the road safe and easy!

Our website also includes a detailed step-by-step process so you can learn to change your tires wherever you are.

Get Jacked Safety Tool Kit

Our Get Jacked safety kit is a must have no matter your destination, so you’ll always prepared in case of an emergency.

Safety Kit includes:
Bag
Compact Snow Shovel
Candles & Matches
Hand Warmers
Emergency Blanket
‘Call Police’ Banner
Flashlight – Batteries
Booster Cables
Emergency Tow Rope
Whistle

Contents of safety kit

 

It’s important to be aware of how to maintain your tires and prevent damage as much as possible.

 

Safe travels!