Do I Need All Wheel Drive For Winter?

Winter All Wheel Drive

With winter slowly creeping in once again, the same old question has once again begun to surface, do I need all wheel drive to survive the winter? Gary’s is here to figure out if driving two extra wheels is worth it for the winter. We’ll also look at the differences between all wheel drive and 4 wheel drive and which one can perform the best in the snow and ice.

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Ottawa Car Maintenance – Christmas Special!

Ottawa Car MaintenanceAt Gary’s, we’ve already covered Ottawa car maintenance advice on the sounds and symptoms your car can make. While some maintenance is best left to the pros, there is some that can be done at home. What better time of year to outfit the budding gear head in your home than the season of shopping frantically at the last minute generous giving. Here you’ll find some great tips and advice for budget friendly items they wouldn’t mind unwrapping this year!



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Winters Effect On Your Car – Tis The Season

winter effect on your car

The Cold Shoulder – Winters Effect On Your Car

It’s begun. Our coats are getting thicker, our boots warmer, and rakes are giving way to shovels. Winter is here. There may be a few odd days of warm weather left, but it’s fairly safe to assume its time to settle in for the blowing snow and freezing temperatures. If you’ve been following us so far, you’ll be plenty prepared. Why do we prepare? Other than the obvious road hazards, what is winters effect on your car? This week we’ll look at how Canada’s most depressing favourite season affects your car, and what you can do about it.

Salt is the only thing you have to worry about. Other than that, driving in winter is really no different than in summer. You can even continue to put the top down on your convertible. This is some bad advice, and is just plain wrong. Winters effect on your car is vast, and very different than in summer. Lets start with the obvious:

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Winter Emergency Kit – Being prepared can save your life!

winter emergency kitMaking A Winter Emergency Kit

A patch of black ice can come out of nowhere, and in the middle of a snowstorm you could be stranded for hours before towing or emergency service can get to you. Winter or not, it is a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle that you can access in a time of need.




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Winter Driving | Don’t Lose Your Cool

Conquering Winter DrivingWinter Driving – Canada’s Second National Sport

We all know what’s coming. Winter driving. The leaves are changing and the warm summer breeze has given way to a crisp, cool wind. It was Ben Franklin who once said “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. Clearly old Ben never spent any time north of the 49th, because he’d know something else is certain – Canadian winters are cold. Canadian winters are harsh. Canadian winters are some of the most adverse conditions your vehicle can face.


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