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Winter Tips

Slush, snow, and salt wreak havoc on modern cars. There are three things you can do to make sure you keep your car ship-shape in shabby weather.

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Wash Behind Your Ears
Getting a regular car wash is important, but make sure your local car wash includes an undercarriage spray. This will clear snowbergs, salt lumps and slush bunnies from your wheel wells, and suspension.

Clear That Snow
It’s not enough just to clean your windshield, you need to clear snow from all windows, plus the roof, hood, and trunk. One quick stop is enough to take all the snow off your roof, and dump it on your windshield.

Foggy Windows?
Don’t wipe them! When your car windows fog up in winter, turn on your Air Conditioning. Seriously. If you have automatic climate control, all you really need to do is hit the button labelled for defrost mode – the car will do the rest, and quickly. If your car’s climate controls are manual, turn on the air conditioning pump, direct the vents at the windows, and voila, all clear.


From 0-100:Power is only as good as our ability to wield it. That’s where 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive comes in.

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By using all four wheels and tires to send power to the ground, AWD maximises the available grip for acceleration, and gets you up to speed faster. All things being equal, a vehicle with All-Wheel Drive will accelerate faster than a vehicle without All-Wheel Drive.

Running up that Hill - with no problems
Steep ascents are often tricky in winter. Ice, snow and rain make hills slippery, and rob cars of the grip needed to climb safely. 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive systems allow each tire to get the most torque it can handle at any given time, making it safer and easier to climb that hill.

Traction: Three common winter traps

Stuck against a snow bank?Did the snow plow wall you in overnight? Your vehicle settings can help.

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First, turn off traction control, this allows your wheels to spin slightly, which is often necessary to help break through icy snow banks. Then, turn on 4WD lock, if you have it. That prepares your vehicle to keep power running to all four wheels, right from the first throttle application. Then, use gentle but steady throttle pressure to work yourself free.

About to tackle an icy downhill?
In vehicles equipped with Hill Descent Control, simply select that button, and let the car’s ABS system ease you down the hill, keeping an eye on your surroundings, and your hands on the steering wheel. No Hill Descent Control? Be smooth, and gentle, use steady brake pressure to ease yourself down the hill. No matter what the condition is, rule one is to look as far ahead as you can.

Unplowed roads and highways
One quick blizzard can turn your family visit from fun, to frightening. Make sure all your vehicle safety systems are enabled, and if you have selectable drive modes, opt for snow mode. That tells your car’s onboard computers to expect slippery conditions and readies them to respond more quickly to wheel spin and slip.
Keeping your eyes up and looking as far ahead as possible will help you drive more smoothly, and keep you going in the right direction.

Hot Drinks

Pumpkin Spice lattes and hot chocolate aren’t the only drinks that can keep you warm this winter.

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A surge in popularity for tea has brought about a blooming industry of flavoured teas. For the coldest, bitterest days, we suggest a warm apple cinnamon tea. Got a cold coming on? Try a camomile or even a honey-lemon ginger.

Then, when the day is done, the keys are put away for the night and it’s time to curl up on the couch with your family, maybe try a mulled wine – an underappreciated winter classic.

Four Epic Winter Road Trips

Highway 10 from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.

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This highway only opened in November 15, 2017, and it’s the only highway that you can take all the way to the Arctic Ocean. Not for the faint hearted, this winding, undulating highway deep into the Arctic circle is one of the most adventurous and remote roads you can drive. It replaces an ice road that used to run up the Mackenzie River in winter.

Mt Tremblant, Quebec
The drive to Mt Tremblant, Quebec, is one of the prettiest, most interesting, and fun winter drives you can do. Once up in the mountains, there is skiing, snowshoeing, curling, and even winter driving experiences on off-road courses and race tracks to try your hand at.

Tlicho Winter Road, Marian Lake, Northwest Territories
While the Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk is no longer, there are still over 3,000 km of ice roads throughout Northern Canada. For a true adventure, make your way out to Marian Lake, north of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territory and drive one of the remaining ice roads, the Tlicho Winter Road.

Bridal Veil Falls, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
When conditions are just right, you can walk behind the Bridal Veil falls at Manitoulin Island, about six hours north of Toronto, Ontario. The ice cave is breathtaking!

Off-road Driving Explained

Grip is the all-important connection between your tires and the ground.

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Your tires lose grip if the surface is slippery, if the tire doesn’t have enough weight on it, or, if the tire is overloaded.This is why slow and steady is better off road than fast and frantic. By keeping the vehicle balanced, you’re much more likely to maintain grip at all four corners. After all, no tire is any good when it’s up in the air.

When You Lose Grip
Sensors within your car can determine when one (or more) of your wheels are spinning more than the others. A 4Motion systems will then trigger AWD and allow power to flow more freely to the three wheels that have better traction, that gives you more grip, and gets you out of trouble.

What is Torque?
Torque is a measurement of work over distance. In most cases, the unit it is measured in in lb-ft. When the wheels are spinning, the torque produced by your engine is being wasted. AWD systems effectively open new pathways for the torque produced by your engine to flow down, making sure that energy is used to keep you moving.

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