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Nicoalbum

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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:37:16 AM

...winter driving has already come to many parts of the country, but in Canada’s soft underbelly, we’ve only experienced a whisper of what’s to come. According to data collected by Canadian Tire Roadside Assistance, daily emergency dispatches in the Greater Toronto Area jump significantly on the first day that feels like winter. Why? Drivers are not prepared.

“Canadian drivers should be experts in anticipating winter,” says Graham Jeffery, category business manager, Tires, Wheels and Accessories, with Canadian Tire. “They aren’t. Winter comes like clockwork year after year and it still seems to come as a big shock to them.”

This year’s kit features first aid supplies, an electric tire inflater, gloves, tools, a blanket, a poncho, jumper cables, a reflector kit, a flashlight, polyprop
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:33:36 PM


This is an interesting Opinion Piece, too bad it is Verboten under GB Guidelines.
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mattpolska
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 10:31:39 PM

theres a foot of snow in my yard winter started 1 month ago...
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Moumoom
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 5:32:12 PM

Duh... yes, why are people so surprised? Yet, note this - people also want a "White Christmas!" The further north in Canada, people know snow tires are the best defence. They simply do it automatically, whereas in the southern parts, people still wait until the last minute to put on winter tires, or think if they drive very slowly, they'll be safe.
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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 5:22:45 PM

What do they expect, look at the calendar.
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07skydriver
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 3:44:41 PM

Just stay home.
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:59:03 PM

An inconvenient truth is that winter comes every year.
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:57:05 PM

When I sold services to churches they would call with emergencies every December and tell me that Christmas was coming, why wasn't I ready?????
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doggod
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:24:32 PM

You wouldn't think so, but it's that way in Anchorage too. Things get dicey after the first big snow while people who waited on switching to their winter tires rediscover the amazing facts about inertia and friction.

Once they've crashed their cars it's safe to go out again.

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hornet17
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 1:39:45 PM

Maybe they should move over here to Vancouver, it's never really winter here in the city, and we have a world class mountain resort just over an hour away.
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Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 1:35:01 PM

I lived in Minneapolis for many years. The first snow of every year showed how many drivers quickly forget how to drive in the stuff over the summer months.
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Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 1:30:36 PM

Imports to the area, persons that don't know what to do.
Just plain stupid. You live in an area of the planet that gets bad weather, plan for it to be BAD!
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fedupMN
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 1:03:29 PM

What you say? Winter is coming? This time of year? Who would have thought that was going to happen.
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Dr Gas
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:46:46 PM

SAmwe old story every year. People are getting more stupid every year. Unprepared, more like extremely lazy!

Yep winter always hits, and then we have on the news reports of how many people's cars were towed and how they "didn't know" they had to move their car, so the raod could be plowed, or it would be towed. And the best part - it costs $200 to get their car out of impound!!!!

Everytime this comes on the news I turn the channel! Don't car to hear about the STUPID AND THEIR STUPID PROBLEMS!

[Edited by: Dr Gas at 12/10/2012 12:47:48 PM EST]
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Spankster85
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:37:18 PM

There's always a few stragglers.
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SandeeC
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:36:27 PM

I grew up in a snow belt area and learned much from watching my father drive and listening to what he said. I put this knowledge into practice and never had problems - plus it got me out of lot of scrapes! Then I moved to Toronto and I just couldn't believe people. It seemed like no one listens or pays any attention to anything sensible. Totally unprepared too. Toronto is one place in the province where you really DO need snow tires (more so than in the country). I've watched people "shovel" their car out with their bare hands! I've watched a guy rock his car back and forth for 1/2 hr until he finally made it out of his parking space behind a snow bank - only to back right back in there (I guess to make a path?!) - and get stuck all over again. It took him another 1/2 hr or more of rocking back and forth to work his way out again!!! I've watched vehicles on a snow-packed hill (traffic light at the top), put their foot to the floor to get up the hill. Result - they went sideways and backwards DOWN the hill. It's a comedy of errors out there! As for safety kits? They probably won't know what they are! And as hard as I'm laughing at Canadian drivers, I'll bet the same goes for a lot of you American's too!
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Grismer
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:32:51 PM

Canada is a northern country; get out a do some winter activities and make the best of it.
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:15:59 PM

Drivers Ed. Comes in $500 insurance deductibles....
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sciotosix
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:52:06 AM

Must be newer drivers....I would think most Canadians would be used to it.
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Suzzoom
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:49:42 AM

In the US, unprepared drivers have an excuse--they move north & expect their Florida or southern California weather to move with them. As winter approaches northern Nevada, I always have an emergency box in my car with warm clothes, a shovel, kitty litter & various tools.
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Zuegma
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:44:31 AM

We've already had a couple of inches in Cape Breton (now long gone) and much to my surprise people actually slowed down for the bad visibility. Who knows, there still hope they'll continue to heed the warnings.
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1momsunshine
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:43:50 AM

Im never ready for winter,,,I hate it
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:39:45 AM

not to worry, if all the eco nutz are right
it will be 70 and sunny in toronto
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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:38:02 AM

Driver comes first in the winter equation
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