Family Day in East Gwillimbury

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Posted on Feb 21, 2018

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Family fun day skating at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex

It was a fantastic day at the Family Fun Day at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex!  Families came out to learn about and book summer camps at the Health and Active Living Fair. There were presentations from dozens of community groups, sports teams and clubs, plus great information from the Emergency and Community Safety Services.

Family Day Fun Skate

The NewRoads Ice Rink hosted try it programs and demonstrations for hockey skills ages 3 to 5, ages 6 to 10, ringette along with sledge hockey and speed skating demonstrations.

There was also an excellent BBQ provided by the Mount Albert Lions Club, pick up ball hockey, maple syrup, face painting and free family skating sponsored by NewRoads and Atlas Landscape.

Hockey in our DNA

From all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group, we would like to thank all the volunteers, the Town of East Gwillimbury staff, and our incredible community who came out to enjoy all the fun on Family Day!

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit. newroads.ca/community.

Short Track Speed Skating

Family Day Fun Skate

 

6 Ways to Improve your Commute

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Posted on Feb 20, 2018

Commuting tips

Here are 6 ways to improve your daily commute York Region

For some people, the most stressful part of their job isn’t the work itself, but their trip to and from the office. If you’ve slowly begun to dread your commute, read ahead to learn some of the ways you can make your daily drive a little more enjoyable.

Take the scenic route

Often, the worst part of the commute isn’t the distance itself, but the traffic you’re forced to deal with – especially if you work downtown.

Instead of taking the most direct route home, you should consider taking a more scenic journey to and from work. Sure, it may add a few more minutes to your commute, but it will also make your drive a lot more relaxing. And on those heavy traffic days, it may even be faster at times.

Change your hours

You’ll have to work this out with your boss, but a lot of companies now offer flexible hours to their employees. If you typically work 9-5, try switching your hours to 8-4 or 10-6 to beat some of the morning traffic. The more cars you can avoid, the better.

Leave earlier

If you’re constantly rushing out the door in the morning, there’s a good chance that stress will carry over into your drive to work.

If you know you’re running late, you’re more likely to become more worried at the sight of a traffic jam, which will negatively affect your ability to drive. Leaving early can help ease that stress.

Setting your alarm just 10 minutes earlier can ensure you’re a lot more relaxed when you leave your house in the morning, making for a much more enjoyable commute.

Carpool

If driving itself stresses you out, consider creating a carpool between you and some of your co-workers. Take turns driving to cut down on the number of hours you spend directly behind the wheel. Not only will this help to improve your stress levels, but it will also save you a little extra cash on gas.

Take public transportation

If you want to avoid the stresses of being behind the wheel altogether, you could consider leaving the car in your driveway and take public transportation instead. Sure, trains and buses don’t offer the same level of comfort as your own automobile, but they’re cheap and convenient.

Public transportation can also allow you to become more productive during your commute, as you won’t have the road to worry about.

Discover new music

If you find that you’re constantly switching stations whenever you’re in your car, you may want to consider finding different ways to discover new music. Both Apple Music and Spotify are able to create playlists just for you, so you won’t have to worry about finding the perfect song on the radio.

Music can also be a great way to de-stress, especially after a tough day at the office.

 

2018 Women in Business Award Winners

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Posted on Feb 14, 2018

2018 Women in Business Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Women in Business Award Winners!

An incredible time was had by all at the “Love Your Business” event powered by the East Gwillimbury and Georgina Chamber of Commerce. It was another sold-out crowd at Silver Lakes Golf & Conference Centre 6th Annual Women In Business Luncheon. The event was an inspiring opportunity to celebrate the success of businesswomen in our region and included some fantastic local vendor booths, a delicious lunch courtesy of Silver Lakes and a great keynote speech by Patti Thompson of King Cole Ducks.

If you have ever considered Duck farming could be fun, watch this video for some serious laughs and learn about a local company who has “their Ducks in Row”.


King Cole is genuinely a From Farm to Fork type of business and supporting our local farming community is top of mind for all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group.

Silverlakes Golf

The theme of this year’s luncheon was “Love your Business: Keeping the Passion for your Business Alive”. Congratulations to all the Award nominees and the two winners of the Women of the Year Awards, Kim Mortson of ‘Body Design‘ with the EG Chamber and Amanda Stewart from ‘I Do! Weddings’ with the Georgina Chamber. Thank you to everyone who came out to share, celebrate and inspire one another! For more details, please visit www.egcoc.org & www.georginachamber.com #WIB2018

2018 Women in Business Award Winners

NewRoads is dedicated caring for our community through sponsorship and participation. To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit newroads.ca/community

View full event photo’s her via Snapd Newmarket

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Should you buy a Pickup Truck?

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Posted on Feb 13, 2018

why buy a truck

Why your next vehicle should be a pickup truck

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle and aren’t opposed to shaking things up, a truck could be the perfect car for you. There may be a number of preconceived notions associated with trucks, but the reality is that many of the ones on the road today make for pretty incredible vehicles to own.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider owning one:

You’ll have a better view

One of the greatest benefits of owning a truck is having a better view of the road in front of you. This can be great for highway driving, as you’ll have a better sense of where traffic is moving and may be able to shave a few extra minutes off your commute.

They’re not as bad on gas as you’d think

If there’s one reason that many drivers stay away from trucks, it’s the belief that they’ll end up costing them a fortune in gas. While this may have been true in the past, a lot of today’s trucks are much lighter and incorporate technology that allows them to burn fuel at a much more efficient rate.

Sure, they’ll never be as gas-friendly as a high-end sedan, but you also won’t be going to the gas station every other day if you drive a truck.

You’ll be more prepared

How many times have you seen a piece of furniture or wanted to take your junk to the dump, but weren’t able to because your vehicle wasn’t big enough?

While many assume that they’ll never need to use a truck for its intended use, you’d be surprised just how many times it can come in handy.

If you have children that plan to go off to school, a truck can be convenient for when they move in and out of student housing. By owning a truck, you’ll be ready for anything.

They’re smooth

When you think of a truck, you probably think of a loud, clunky vehicle. In reality, they’re actually quite smooth to drive.

They’re safe

Fortunately, many trucks are equipped with the exact same features that many consumers look for in cars and SUVs.

They’re great in the winter

If you live in a small town or in an area that doesn’t get plowed often, a truck can be a lifesaver during your morning commute. Even if there’s fresh snow on the ground, a truck with winter tires should have the capacity to get from point A to point B with little trouble.

Owning a truck can also come in handy if you drive up to your cottage in the winter.

They’re affordable

While it ultimately depends on the make and model, many of the trucks on the market today start at incredibly affordable prices.

Since many are built to last for years and years, you can rest assured that your money is going towards a quality investment.

 

Most common winter accidents and how to avoid them

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Posted on Feb 6, 2018

common winter accidents

For many drivers, it can be somewhat nerve-wracking to get behind the wheel during the wintertime. While everyone wants to feel safe and comfortable when they’re driving, that can become more difficult when it’s snowy and icy outside.

To help your confidence with winter driving, here are a few ways you can lower the chances of getting into an accident this winter:

Sliding through intersections

Having difficulty braking can be a huge problem for drivers when the roads are slippery, especially if your vehicle isn’t equipped with winter tires.

You’ve likely heard it many times before, but winter tires are crucial for staying safe in the winter, especially given the harsh conditions we’re accustomed to in Canada. Not only can driving without winter tires be unsafe for you, but it can also be a hazard to everyone else around you, as the reduced traction could cause you to hit a nearby car or pedestrian.

Even if you have winter tires, they won’t do you much good if they’re worn out. Make sure you maintain your winter tires and have them checked by a professional before you put them on to ensure they’ll last for the entire winter.

As the saying goes… All-Season tires may get you going, but winter tires will help you turn and stop.

Winter Tire Maintenance

Lane drifting collisions

If it’s snowy outside and the roads aren’t clear, it can become quite difficult to see the lane markers ahead of you. This can be quite dangerous if you’re driving down a windy road, especially if the drivers on the other side of the road are running into the same problem.

In order to increase your visibility, it’s important that both your windshield wipers and defrosters are operating properly. This problem can also arise at night, so it’s important that your headlights are fully functioning.  If you’re having difficulty seeing the lane markers, make sure to slow down and give ample room for the car ahead of you.

Quick Tip: Have a windshield cleaning squeegee and bucket with winter windshield fluid in it in your garage loaded and ready. After pulling into your garage after a long day on the road, give your windows a good cleaning so you’re ready to take on the next drive when it comes. It’s also a great time to refill your windshield washer fluid – running out of that stuff on the highway can be extremely dangerous.

Winter driving habits

Spin-out collisions

No matter how careful you are, driving on a slippery road is far from ideal. If you’re behind the wheel when the roads are icy, make sure to take your time! Braking hard could cause you to spin-out and collide with another vehicle or a nearby object or building.

If you begin to spin, it’s important that you stay as calm as possible and steer in the direction you’re sliding.

As mentioned earlier, owning winter tires can help to avoid such an event from occurring.

Rear-end collisions

If you’re the type of driver who often finds themselves braking at the last possible second, you could find yourself in a rear-end collision if you’re not careful.

Remember that it takes longer to brake in the winter, especially if the roads are slippery. Pay attention to your surroundings and react ahead of time instead of panicking and slamming on the brakes.

 

Tips for Maintaining Your Winter Tires

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Posted on Jan 30, 2018

Winter Tire Maintenance

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your winter tires

Winter tires don’t come cheap, which is why it’s crucial that you take care of them over the next several months. Depending on how long the cold weather lasts, you could be using your winter tires for close to half the year, making it worthwhile to maintain them on a consistent basis.

Here are some quick and easy tips to ensure your winter tires last:

REGULAR CHECK UPS

It should really go without saying, but the best way to maintain your winter tires is to inspect them frequently. Cold weather will typically reduce the air pressure in your tires, so it’s important that you check them on a consistent basis to ensure they’re properly inflated.

Driving with under-inflated tires will not only hurt your fuel economy, but it will also increase tread wear and negatively affect your handling – which kind of defeats the purpose of having winter tires in the first place.

COMPLETE SETS

This may be surprising to some, but there are some drivers who believe they only need two winter tires if their vehicle has front-wheel drive. While this may sound like an easy way to save a few extra bucks, it’s dangerous.

If you have mismatched tires, each tire will handle the road differently which can be unsafe. While it may cost more up front, it’s always in your best interest to purchase a full set.

STORAGE

Once the roads begin to thaw, it’s important to keep your winter tires in a safe place once they’ve been removed.  Make sure to store your tires in a dry environment away from any direct sunlight. If they’re in the sun for too long, the tires could begin to overheat, causing the rubber to crack.

A garage is typically the best place to store them away from the harmful outdoor elements. Make sure to lay them flat on the ground. If you want, you can lay them on top of one another. Just make sure that they don’t sit on their tread, as this can leave flat spots.

Finally, consider investing in a set of tire covers. This will help to ensure your tires stay fresh for next winter.

REPLACEMENT

While you can do everything in your power to extend the life of your tires, they still won’t last forever. To ensure you’re not driving with worn tires, you should have them inspected by a professional before putting them on each winter.

Buying a new set may be a little pricey, but it’s crucial that you do everything in your power to stay safe on the road – especially in the winter.

 

6 Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

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Posted on Jan 23, 2018

Distracted Driving Tips

Here are 6 tips to avoid becoming a distracted driver

If you weren’t already aware, the Ontario government reiterated its commitment towards cracking down on distracted driving by implementing new rules and harsher fines for 2018.  While it was always in the best interest of drivers to pay close attention when they’re behind the wheel, the new laws and regulations should only create extra incentive to avoid driving carelessly.

Here are six tips to avoid getting distracted behind the wheel:

Take a cell break

First and most obvious, ditch your phone.  The average driver is well aware of the dangers of texting behind the wheel, yet many continue to do so on a regular basis.

If you’re someone who is somewhat addicted to their smartphone, you should take away the temptation of checking your messages by placing it in the backseat or glove box whenever you’re driving. If something is urgent, you can always pull over to the side of the road to make a call.

Prep the kids

While kids can be a blessing, they can also be a bit of a handful at times. While this is usually nothing more than an annoyance for parents, it can be quite dangerous if they begin to distract you behind the wheel.

Make sure your children are buckled up and settled in before you start the engine. Having your kids happy and comfortable is key to a safe drive.

Make sure you’re awake

No matter how hard you try, it’s hard to concentrate on the road ahead if you’re having difficulty staying awake. Driving tired is sometimes unavoidable – particularly if you have a long commute. Avoid driving late at night or for a long period of time. Ask others to take turns if you’re with other licensed drivers.

Don’t let your temper get the best of you

If you find yourself getting angry at another driver, take the time to take a deep breath and relax. Sure, this person may be frustrating you in the heat of the moment, but it’s not worth risking your life or the lives of others in order to get back at someone else.

Eat or drink beforehand

It’s no secret that drivers can run into trouble when they begin to multi-task behind the wheel. If you’re someone who gets hungry or thirsty fairly easily, try to eat or drink before you begin your commute. This way, you’ll have satisfied your cravings and avoided the temptation to do both when you’re driving.

Don’t fiddle with the radio

Far too many drivers get restless when they listen to the radio, switching the channel seemingly every other minute.

If you’re a channel switcher, consider making your own playlist on Spotify or Apple Music and play that during your morning commute. Not only will you get to listen to what you actually want to listen to, but you’ll also be less distracted.

 

5 Winter Driving Habits to Avoid

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Posted on Jan 16, 2018

Winter driving habits

5 winter driving habits you should avoid

We’re officially in the heart of winter, meaning drivers will have to be extra cautious behind the wheel.  No matter how confident of a driver you are, you likely experience at least some level of anxiety in the winter. And while there’s no way of eliminating the worry completely, there are steps you can take to ensure you’re more comfortable behind the wheel during the cold months.

Here are five driving habits you should avoid:

Slamming on the brakes

Whether it’s snowing outside or the roads are icy, it’s always in your best interest to slow down and take it easy.

Driving at a faster speed means that everything will take longer when compensating if lose control of your vehicle. Note: If you do happen to slip, make sure to stay calm and steer in the direction the rear of your car is sliding.

Slamming on the brakes is never a good idea, but it’s particularly bad in the dead of winter.

Using summer tires or all-season tires

You’ve likely heard this a number of times before, but driving with all-season or summer tires during the winter is simply unsafe.  While you may have the urge to save a buck or two – especially after the Holiday season – your safety is not an area where you want to cut corners.

At the end of the day, summer and even all-season tires are simply not suitable for the winter conditions, especially given the weather we’ve experienced over the past few weeks.

Driving with snow on your roof

It may be considered one of the bigger annoyances and driving hazards when it comes to winter driving, but it’s important that you take the time to properly clear the snow off your car every morning.

Driving with snow on your roof can be a hazard to other drivers, as well as pedestrians. If you noticed that you’re typically in a hurry in the morning, get up five minutes earlier to ensure you have enough time to clean the snow/ice off your car.

Pouring hot water on a frozen windshield

If you think that pouring hot water on a frozen windshield is a smart way to speed up the de-icing process, you’d be wrong. The temperature difference between the hot water and the icy windshield could be big enough that it actually cracks.

Stick with an ice scraper. It may require a little more elbow grease, but at least it won’t cost you a new windshield.

Don’t tailgate

Not only is it important that you slow down when the roads are poor, but it’s also crucial that you keep a safe distance between you and the other drivers. Tailgating the car ahead of you is extremely dangerous, especially when it’s snowy outside.  In general, you should be a full two seconds behind the car in front you.

 

 

5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Car

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Posted on Jan 9, 2018

New Year's Resolutions for your Car

Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions for you and your car

With 2017 officially behind us, now is the perfect time to capitalize on the New Year and make improvements.  While making a resolution or two for yourself is always popular, it’s also a good idea to make a few for your vehicle – especially considering how much the average person relies on theirs.

Here are five New Year’s resolutions you should make for your car:

Maintain it regularly

You’ve likely heard this a thousand times before, but regular maintenance is the best way to ensure your car lasts for a long time. Sure, skipping out on an oil change or two may save you some extra cash in the short run, but failing to maintain your car will eventually upset the automotive karma gods who may sting you in the worst way possible.

Make a maintenance schedule and stick to it. It’s better to spend the money now, and not when you’re stranded on the side of the road.

Be more patient

Road rage and aggressive driving are two of the most dangerous problems on the road today. If another driver is getting on your nerves, take a deep breath and relax. At the end of the day, getting back at another driver isn’t worth the risk of getting into an accident.

If you know you’re an aggressive driver, try to make a point of leaving earlier to ensure you’re not in a rush and can afford a longer commute.

Get rid of excess weight

Thankfully, your car doesn’t need to go to the gym to shed a few pounds. If you find that you’re spending more than you used to at the pump, it’s entirely possible that you’re carrying too much excess weight.

Go through your vehicle and get rid of anything that isn’t essential. Shedding unnecessary weight can help improve fuel efficiency.

Keep the interior fresh

How many times have you told yourself that you’re finally going to clean your vehicle, only to find yourself still looking at the mess weeks later?

Spend an hour and completely clean your car’s interior. Get rid of any garbage, vacuum any dirt and debris, and give your upholstery a good clean. If your vehicle is starting to give off a foul odur, give it a little extra attention or consider dropping it off at the auto-spa for a good deep clean.

Get any issues diagnosed right away

Don’t wait until you or a loved one is stranded on the side of the highway somewhere – when problems arise bring your vehicle in to have it looked at and fixed. An ounce of prevention goes a looong way!

 

How to care for your car battery this winter

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Posted on Jan 3, 2018

How to care for your car battery in cold weather

How to care for your car battery this winter

When Canadian zoos bring the Penguins inside, you know it’s time to get your car battery checked…

Following months of pristine weather conditions, the winter is finally upon is, with minus double-digit wind chills suddenly becoming the new norm. As a result, it’s important that you pay close attention to your vehicle’s battery, as the cold weather could negatively affect your battery’s useful life if you’re not careful.

Why do batteries perform worse in the winter?

Most drivers are aware that winter is typically the most dangerous time for their car’s battery, but aren’t exactly sure why.

When the weather is below zero for an extended period of time, your battery will take longer to perform the necessary chemical reactions to start your vehicle. Your engine also requires more power to get it started when it’s cold out, making your battery work much harder than it would on a nice spring day.

While it typically only occurs when the weather is well below zero for an extended period of time, your car battery can actually freeze on you. It’s unlikely that your battery will freeze if it’s fully charged, but a fully discharged battery can freeze at much higher temperatures.

Both of these reasons help to explain why your battery is at a higher risk of dying when it’s cold out, as all the extra work begins to put more and more strain on it as the winter months pass.

Have your battery tested

If you haven’t had your battery tested recently, it’s a good idea to go to your local dealership to have it looked at. The technicians will be able to determine how much juice is left in the battery, and let you know its current health situation.

Signs your battery is failing

While a dead battery can sometimes come as a bit of a shock, there are some warning signs to look out for.

If your headlights or dome lights begin to dim, that’s typically a telltale sign that your battery is losing power. A rotten smell, a cracked battery case, and/or your battery warning light turning on are also indications that something is wrong with your battery.

Finally, if your battery is more than three years old, you’re running a considerable risk by failing to have it checked out.

Prepare for the worst

If you’re the type of person who likes to plan for the worst-case scenario, it may be in your best interest to invest in either a booster pack or jumper cables. That way, if your battery does end up dying, at least you’ll have a backup plan.

 

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