What’s the purpose of maintaining winter-tire rims?

Why does everybody with winter tires have ugly black steel rims? Why don’t you just put winter tires on your present wheels and change them back in the autumn? If they are on their own rims, they are only a whole lot heavier to carry around. Is there any other purpose I am missing? — Sean, Toronto There are real reasons to get winter tires. The largest is safety. They’re demonstrated to shorten stopping distances on ice and snow. And, in Ontario, your insurance company is needed to offer you a discount if you use them. But why would you…

Shifting season rings in most dangerous time of the year for driving

The “most wonderful time of the year” could be close according to the Christmas carols floating about shopping malls, but we are already into the most dangerous time of the year on our streets. The end of Daylight Saving Time — in the majority of the nation — and the coming of authentic fall weather have created a perfect storm that will almost surely increase the amount of car-on-car and car-on-pedestrian events on Canada’s roads. Let’s count the ways: You will find the reduced hours of daylight, meaning there are fewer hours when motorists and pedestrians can easily find each…

I have got two Volkswagen diesels. Will the emissions fix hurt performance and fuel economy?

We’ve got two Golf TDI wagons, a 2013 and a 2011. Both were influenced by the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and when I elect to have the “” installed and the end result isn’t up to my expectations (poor gas mileage(slow performance), what recourse do I have? If I forgo the fix and continue to push it as it is, am I responsible for passing emission tests? And did we get as good a deal as the Americans? I can’t imagine what might be unique to the combustion chambers of VW TDI to create hydrogen oxide — which, supposedly, doesn’t happen…

If I lease a car in Winnipeg in December, is it winterized?

We’ll be renting a car in Winnipeg in December. Are the cars winterized and can withstand frigid nights, or do they have engine block heaters and have to be plugged in? — Mike, Tempe, Arizona They call it Winterpeg for a reason. Any vehicle you rent there — or anywhere else in Canada — should have the ability to deal with the cold. But they may not be equipped with winter tires. “All cars in Canada is going to be winterized. Truly the only thing that means to me is it’s enough antifreeze in the coolant and winter windshield washer…

Will microtransit become the next wave in commuter services?

It is after work on a Friday night, and Clément Garnier is anticipating hisnbsp;Chariot. “There was a baseball game and it was gridlocked at SoMa, where all of the startups are,” said Garnier, 26, a software engineer who works in San Francisco’s South of Market district. “There’s no simple transit home and I can not do Uber or Lyft, because using all the soaring for the game, it is way too expensive — it was Chariot ornbsp;nothing.” Is an app-based, rush-hour commuter shuttle service based in San Francisco in 2014 and possessed by Because lastnbsp;year. Chariot calls it microtransit —…

Can I get out of my car’s multiple security plans?

I bought a a year ago. I also purchased anti-theft protection ($595), rust protection ($1,595), paint protection ($595) and fabric protection ($595) and now regret it. Is there any way to cancel these plans? I know it says “final sale” in the purchase agreement. But isn’t there a way to cancel if you’re unsatisfied, like the rest of the products and services with yield policies? — Yash So long as the salesperson did not lie to you or violate a condition in the contract, there is probably no way to reevaluate those add-ons. “Every Or bill of sale requires, in…

Can I get out of my car’s multiple protection plans?

I bought a a year ago. I also bought anti-theft protection ($595), rust protection ($1,595), paint protection ($595) and fabric protection ($595) and now regret it. Is there any way to cancel all these plans? I know that it says “final sale” in the purchase agreement. But isn’t there a way to cancel if you are not satisfied, like all other products and services with return policies? – Yash As long as the salesperson didn’t lie to you or break a condition in the contract, there’s likely no way to subtract those add-ons. “Every or bill of sale requires, in…

Are licence plates fair match for random police checks?

We had been pulled over by police lately. The officer had run my plates and discovered that my license had expired three weeks before. Fortunately, my husband was driving and I just got a warning. I was surprised, partly because I had not realized that my licence had expired, but largely because I did not think police were permitted to look at your license plates unless you had committed a crime. Are they allowed to go fishing like this? — Rose, Vancouver You may have secrets, but your license plate number is not one of them. “There is absolutely no…

Justin Townes Earle pens a more modern car Tune

Singing about automobiles is nothing new for American musician Justin Townes Earle; he has been doing “automobile blues,” Of classic Samuel Lightnin’ Hopkins songs — such as I Had Been Burning Bad Gas or My Starter Won’t Start — for ages. But lately, Earle has been asked to compose a song about a modern vehicle. “So I took the challenge of someone telling me I could not compose a Chuck Berry-style car song about a Japanese import,” says Earle before a recent show in Ann Arbor, Mich., on tour to support his new album, Children in The Street. He met…

Is it safe to keep a container of gasoline in my trunk?

I don’t worry about running out of gas since I keep a container of gas inside my vehicle and minivan. At the car, it’s in the trunk. I make sure that there’s no gas on the outside of it. My 14-year-old son says it is dumb — and an explosion waiting to happen. — Kevin, Airdrie, Alta. Odds are, maintaining gas in your vehicle could end up being a fairly bright idea. Yep, we mean glowing as in fire. “It is not safe. It’s not recommended,” said Carol Henke, spokeswoman for the Calgary Fire Department. “If the lid isn’t tight…