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Media post: Reviewing the new offshore Holden Commodore

2018 Holden Commodore. Picture 

In 2018 the Holden Commodore is manufactured overseas for the first time, as the Australian Holden factories have now been closed down.

As such, many Australians are sceptical that a fully imported Commodore will meet their expectations and be able to win the hearts of patriotic Commodore lovers.

The 2018 Commodore is being built in Germany, with a V6 engine but no V8 engine or rear wheel drive option. Its sold in Europe as the Opel Insignia and in the USA as the Buick Regal GS.

Here’s the Australian point of view on the top model of the new Holden Commodore:

Holden Commodore VXR V6 2018 Specifications

Price: $55,999 AU

Engine: 3.6L V6 unleaded petrol with direct fuel injection 381Nm/235kW

Transmission: 9-speed automatic all-wheel drive

Wheels: 20-inch alloy with 245mm wide Michelen

Safety: Traction control, dual front & side airbags, ABS, 5-star ANCAP safety.

Efficiency: 9.3L/100km with 215g/km CO2.

Style & Engineering

The new Commodore has a more European shape and is shorter and narrower than the old model. The front ‘shark nose’ is aggressive, fitting well with the modern lines of the body.

The engine is all new to the Commodore, and while it doesn’t have as much power as outgoing models, it’s performance and economy speak volumes for German engineering.

Passenger’s point of view

The Commodore still has plenty of space to accommodate four adults. Being shorter and narrower than the old model, there’s a bit less head and shoulder room, but the same amount of knee room.

The cabin is light and airy, thanks to the power sunroof and plenty of convenient storage to stow small items. Heated and cooled massage seats, wireless phone charging and the high-quality materials used to add to the comfort of passengers.


The new Commodore is a huge step up from the Australian built model, with a 360° rearview camera, and 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Driving the new Commodore

Commodores sold in Australia are tuned locally at Lang Lang, Victoria. As such, the suspension and handling (and the radios too) are tuned to Australian conditions.

The all-wheel-drive system can deliver torque effectively to the rear wheels via the Twinster rear drive unit. This means the Commodore keeps that ability to swing the tail on dirt that enthusiasts love. You get a car that’s comfortable for driving at city speeds, but when you want to notch it up a little, it responds with glee.

In the wet it’s fun to drive with excellent traction from the AWD system giving it a neat sideways kick and holding confidently through a slippery hairpin.

Overall Verdict

Some Commodore owners will always prefer the guttural sound of the old V8 engine, but not many will argue that the ride, performance, and handling on this new Commodore are excellent. It’s not the V8 muscle car that Australians associate with the Commodore brand, but it’s sporty, high-tech and a commercially viable car. Australians looking for brute straight-line performance might switch to the Stinger GT, but most will find that on twisting roads and for everyday driving, the 2018 Holden Commodore more than meets expectations.

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Media post: Why It’s Important To Find A Good, Reputable Repair Service After An Accident

After a car accident has damaged your car, you will naturally want to get it repaired as soon as possible so that you can get back to your normal routine. However, you also want to be sure to find a good and reputable repair service.  So, although you may be in a hurry to get your car fixed, you should avoid just settling on the nearest repair shop you can find. You need to take the time to find a reputable auto repair shop.

Let’s take a look at your best two options to get a good repair job done: using a direct repair program or finding your own auto repair shop.

Using A Direct Repair Program

Insurance companies often provide their customers with the option of using a direct repair program. In essence, a direct program is a network of auto-repair shops that have been approved by your insurance company. Although you are under no obligation to work with a recommended body shop or mechanic, there are some unique benefits to working with a preferred shop:

  1. You can choose to go to either a specialized repair shop or a one-stop shop.

Specialized repair shops: If, say, only your windshield was shattered by the car accident, you will need to get high-quality windshield glass expertly installed as soon as possible. So, in this case, a specialty service will suit your needs perfectly. An insurance company like ICBC will not only make your claims process quick and easy for a new windshield, but they will also suggest an ICBC express provider specializing in auto glass replacement.

One-stop shops: If, on the other hand, your car was damaged in a variety of different ways, then it may be more convenient to take your car to a shop that can fix everything, rather than have to get different insurance estimates and take your car to different places  for different types of repair jobs.

  1. You will find the billing arrangement easier. 

Since the payment-for-repair process will have been streamlined, it will make everything easier and less expensive for you.

  1. You will get high-quality service and repair work.  

Before endorsing an auto shop, an insurer will screen them to make sure that they provide high-quality service. Since an insurer’s reputation is on the line, they will not recommend an unethical or subpar repair shop.

  1. You will get an extended warranty on the repair work. 

A warranty on the repair work is especially important if you ‘ve been taking special care of an older car and have no plans of selling it to get a newer car.

Choosing Your Own Auto Repair Shop

If your insurance company does not have a direct repair program or you would prefer not to use it, then your other option is to choose your own auto-repair shop. You will either need to pay a deductible after the repair with your insurer paying their portion to the shop directly or you may have to pay the full amount to the shop and then get reimbursed by your insurance company.

If you already have a favorite repair shop then just take your car there. However, if you don’t know where to take your car, then you should choose a repair shop that has been highly recommended by family and friends who have used it or to a shop that has earned industry certifications.

The Dangers of a Bad Repair Job

Ultimately, your goal is to get your car to an auto mechanic who does a thorough job and who charges a fair price. When it comes to getting your car fixed, you don’t want to have to deal with the hassles and possible dangers of a bad repair job.

There are three ways a mechanic or repair shop can mess up repairs.

  1. They use fixes that simply don’t work.
  2. They don’t fix certain things that you asked them to repair or that they noticed when they were working on your car.
  3. They overcharge you for the work, inflating the cost of parts and labor.

The first and second issues are hassles when detected early because you then have to take your car back to the shop; however, if you are not immediately aware that the work was not done well or some repair jobs were not done at all, then you could put your own life in jeopardy, as well as endanger others, when you are driving in heavy traffic or speeding along the freeway.

Be mindful of the need to find the best repair work after a car accident. Often, you will find your car insurance company a helpful resource when it comes to where to take your car for the best quality of work, with many insurers providing a direct repair program for their clients.

Media post: The Dodge Durango GT AWD SUV is too cool

Did you know that the Dodge Brothers, Horace and John started building cars in 1914? They were two very intelligent guys who understood machines and who were passionate about automobiles. They initially went into the car business as machinists and made parts for other car manufacturers, including the all powerful Ford Motor Company, in which they owned a great deal of stock. The millions of dollars they earned by selling back their Ford stock was invested back into their company and they were determined to beat out Ford in sales by upgrading many of the systems on their cars and thus giving consumers a much better automobile.

When both the great Dodge brothers died in 1920 in the great influenza epidemic Walter Chrysler eventually bought their company. He continued on with their concept of building high quality vehicles and that legacy has remained with us to this day. You can see it in all of the Dodge products including the 2018 Durango SUV.

Dodge is always experimenting and researching and simply looking for ways to improve their existing stable of terrific cars. This year’s Durango offers a lot of innovative elements, not least of which is the SRT trim level that can tow 8,600 pounds, hit 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Wait…did we just say 60 mph in 4.4 seconds? Yes, we did, although we doubted it the first time we heard about it too so we checked numerous sources and the SRT Durango really delivers what it says it can. This car is like a dreamy crossover. That is, it has muscle car in its genes tucked neatly into a SUV body.

Okay, you can also get the Durango with a V-6 and it will be strong enough for all your needs but a little slower to reach 60 miles per hour from a dead stop. And who really needs to do that anyway? Yes, that was a rhetorical question – no reply necessary because as we all know, every one has some need to go that fast and have that much power – just for the fun of having it.

The interior is comfy and roomy and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera and a 7-inch touchscreen interface come standard with the SRT along with the very capable and silky smooth 8-speed automatic transmission that will keep you gliding toward your target destination. All in all, the new Durango lives up to both the Doge Brothers and Walter Chrysler’s ideal of high quality car manufacturing. Test drive one at Buhler today.

Media post: How to stop tyre tread wearing too quickly

It’s vital that you look after the tyres on your car. Not doing so could result in you losing control of the vehicle and having an accident. It’s also against the law to have tyres on your vehicle which have a tread depth of less than 1.5mm. This is why it’s important that you measure the tread on a regular basis, and replace the tyres if necessary.

When it comes to replacing the tyres on your car, there are ways that you can make sure that you get the best possible deal. Take time to do your research, and check out advice from experts such as Tyre Compare. However, even if you can get a good price for car tyres, you still want to make sure that the tyres you have on your vehicle last for as long as possible. The good news is that there are simple ways in which you can reduce the speed with which tyres wear out.

Drive consistently and sensibly

Consistent and sensible driving is one of the best ways to make sure that the tyres on your car last for as long as possible. For instance, constantly accelerating and braking helps to wear tyre treads down, leaving a bare patch, if the issue is not attended to. And, you should never be tempted to zoom around corners. Aside from the safety aspect, doing so means that the weight is transferred across the car’s tyres unevenly as the vehicle corners hard. This leads to tyres wearing out quicker than is necessary.

Think about road conditions

You may not always be able to avoid poor surfaces on the road, but if you can you should. Uneven and rough surfaces can cause havoc for average tyres that are meant to be used on smooth road surfaces. It’s also worth noting that extremely hot or cold road surfaces can cause damage to tyres.

Make sure that your car is properly maintained

From a safety aspect, it’s important that your vehicle is well maintained. A regular maintenance schedule also helps to protect the condition of the vehicle’s tyres. This is because certain issues with the vehicle can cause tyres to wear out quicker than they should do. For instance, if the wheels on your car are not properly balanced, you may notice that there is uneven wear on the tyres. You will normally notice that when you have a tyre on your car replaced the mechanic will then make sure that the wheels are balanced.

It’s all very well making sure that you have the latest stereo system for your car, or upgrading to a better interior, but you should never forget about the tyres. Worn tyres can help to cause fatal accidents, so they should never be ignored. The tips that we have given you should help you to protect the tyres on your car. But, you still need to check them on a regular basis, and have them replaced if necessary.

Guest post: Protecting Your Bed: 5 Reasons a Roll-On Bedliner Could Improve the Value of Your Truck

Almost two out of every ten vehicles sold are trucks. Many owners intend to keep their trucks in service for as long as possible, hopefully reselling for a good price before upgrading. That’s why we choose to install bed liners after purchase; it’s one way to preserve, and even improve, the value of your truck. But there are various kinds of bed liners available on the market. Here are five benefits you’ll get out of installing a roll on bedliner in your truck.

  1. It prevents rusting – and much more. Scratches, dings, and patches of rust can degrade the value of your vehicle. Not only does a roll on bedliner protect you from friction blemishes, but from the elements.

Your truck won’t become damaged due to rain, sun, vibration, or even salt water when you apply a bed liner designed to prolong the beauty of your bed. 

  1. It’s a seamless fit. Your dealer may have offered you many accessories for your new truck. Among these, plastic drop in bed liners are a popular option, mostly due to how cheap they are.

However, there are few guarantees with a drop in liner. Despite the fact that there will be a fit for your model, it’s never perfect. Water and dust can still seep in, so rust and grime aren’t prevented. Furthermore, such a liner will move as you drive and haul, creating the potential for scratches in your finish.

  1. The choice is yours. Roll on bedliners are about as custom as it gets, and hug every contour of your truck bed. But that’s not all – you get to decide what exact areas your new liner will protect. Do you want your new bedliner to protect your tailgate? The upper edges of your bed?

You won’t have a choice if you choose a pre-fab drop in. There could be corners and spaces where the liner doesn’t protect your bed. With a roll on, you get maximum coverage in a configuration of your choosing.

  1. It requires little maintenance. A roll on bedliner isn’t just some aftermarket accessory; it’s part of your truck. A good liner won’t require upkeep or repair; once you perform due diligence with proper application, you’re good to go.

Your truck is already an investment. Take the steps to protect it once, and you won’t spend extra in the long run.

  1. It’s safer to haul cargo with a liner. One understated aspect of roll on bedliners is the grip it can provide. Even plastic drop ins don’t keep your load from sliding around in the back of your truck.

With a roll on bedliner, sharp turns and sudden stops are less likely to result in a bed-damaging shift of goods. You remember the pride you felt when you drove your new truck home for the first time. Keep that feeling, and pass it on to the next owner, when you protect your truck with a roll on bedliner. It prevents damage, covers every nook and cranny, and doesn’t ask for any more of your attention after you choose and apply the best-quality product.

Media post: Don’t Make These Mistakes When Choosing Car Insurance

More than often, the process of finding the right provider for car insurance can be a tedious process. In the age of so many options and promising offers, we often find ourselves being led down garden paths which unfortunately bring us back to square one. Luckily, with some research, we can identify the things we should not be doing if we are aiming to get cheaper car insurance.

Never fall for the “cheapest provider” claim

Any company advertising itself as the “cheapest” provider of car insurance is generally not telling you the full story. It is effective to customers, as we all want to pay less for something, especially when it appears to be in tandem with a recognizable company. However, what is cheap for someone else may not be for you. It is important to shop around, and compare prices against what exactly is offered. By adhering to simple rules, such as this guide, which has helpful tips on how to get cheap auto insurance, you can figure out your best approach to using comparison tools.

Don’t ignore local or regional companies

While the temptation to go with a larger provider can be harder to resist, more often than not there are smaller companies closer to home that can offer better rates and more comprehensive cover. As these types of companies know the area better, there is also a chance that they may have incentives which would not be offered by a bigger player.

Consider the type of car against the insurance you need

The flashier or more attractive the car is that you are trying to get insured, the higher the chance is that it will be stolen. This directly affects your premiums, as the risk the company is generally willing to take will incur higher costs. This can be ten-fold in an area with a reputation for crime, or vandalism.

Check your cover and how pertinent it is

For those insuring new models or vehicles which are more desirable than others, decreasing deductibles can have a positive effect on what you pay. Just as an older car would perhaps be better off insured against policies which preclude comprehensive cover and collision, these methods are essentially ways to figure out what works for you. Comprehensive cover on a vehicle with less worth doesn’t make great sense, in the long term, as sometimes the costs of repair can exceed the cost of the vehicle itself.

Avoid thinking your credit score doesn’t matter

Unless you live in California, Massachusetts or Hawaii, for example, your credit score can affect the price of car insurance. This is why it is imperative to take care of your finances, where possible, to benefit from better prices for auto insurance. While lending companies use this information to gauge your likelihood of paying back loans and credit cards, insurance companies can use this information to justify loading premiums. By linking the likelihood of you making claims with your history of poor credit performance, you will surely suffer as a result.

Media post: Car-Friendliest Cities in the United States and Around the World

Living in a city can be exciting and stressing at the same time; and drivers are probably the ones that are most aware of the good and bad things that come with urban life. You are close to everything, it’s hard to get bored and you have the chance to meet new people around the corner almost every day.

Whether you own a car or rent one to move around, not all cities are equally car-friendly. In some of them, filling up the tank at the pump can cost quite a fortune while in others insurance costs are much more affordable. A good or poor urban planning as well as the presence or lack of civil education and rudeness can also affect how comfortable and confident drivers feel.

Maybe it’s time for change of scenery… or maybe it’s time to realize that where you live driving is not as bad as it seems. Go on reading to discover the car-friendliest cities in the United States and in the world!

With A Global Perspective

When thinking globally, Germany and Switzerland can feel really proud: 3 and 2 of their cities have made it to the top 10 considering the congestion level and the average speed from the airport to downtown. According to a study by kfzteile24, these are the friendliest urban developments for cars and drivers:

  1. Dusseldorf, Germany: With only 20% congestion and 21.20mph average speed, it is the car-friendliest city in the world!
  2. Dubai, UAE: 26% congestion, 31.70 mph average speed
  3. Zurich, Switzerland: 26% congestion, 30.50 mph average speed
  4. Tokyo, Japan: 31% congestion, 25.50 mph average speed
  5. Basel, Switzerland: 27% congestion, 17.50 mph average speed
  6. Singapore, Singapore: 38% congestion, 32.40 mph average speed
  7. Dortmund, Germany: 23% congestion, 19.90 mph average speed
  8. Vienna, Austria: 31% congestion, 28 mph average speed
  9. Munich, Germany: 30% congestion, 27.40 mph average speed
  10.  Calgary, Canada: 20% congestion, 26.80 mph average speed

And What About Driving In The US?

Not all US drivers are equally happy with their driving conditions. Traffic delays, the cost of gas and insurance and the likelihood of having an accident all sum up to the rank of the American car-friendliest cities. Is your city on the list? Or isn’t even mentioned? Do you find the cities in the ranking surprising? According to data available from late 2016, these are the US cities where driving is far from being a nightmare!

1- Raleigh, NC: Gas prices are around 7% lower than the national average and insurance rates are 35% below average. Besides, Raleigh’s relatively low population density makes for shorter commute times and more available street parking spots.

2- Charlotte, NC: Gas prices and insurance premiums are just as low as they are in Raleigh. However, drivers have a slightly longer commute. Worried about finding parking spaces? Its population density is even lower than in Raleigh so parking your car is really not a problem at all.

3- Cincinnati, OH: Annual car insurance expenses are higher than in Raleigh and Charlotte but they are still lower than the national average. To compensate, repair and maintenance costs are amongst the cheapest in the States. In addition, commute time is only 24.3 minutes on average.

4- Cleveland, OH: With maintenance and repair costs amongst the lowest nationally and affordable insurance costs on average and a quick commute time, Cleveland is one of the car-friendliest cities in the United States.

5- Kansas City, MO: Those living in K.C. are privileged with a shorter commute time (22.8 minutes) than residents of other important metropolitan areas. In addition, gas prices are around 7% under national average. Despite annual insurance premiums being higher than other cities in this list ($1200), they are still below national average. There’s plenty of open space as well and a very low population density, which also contribute to the car-friendliness of the city.

6- St Louis, MO: With maintenance and gas prices 7% below national average just as in Kansas City, St Louis has a much higher population density, what takes the commute time to 25 minutes on average.

7- Denver, CO: Insurance premiums and gas prices are below the US norm and the average commute time is under 27 minutes. Maintenance costs are similar to the two cities mentioned before… good reasons to own a car in Colorado’s capital city.

8- Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee is a great US city where to own a car. FYI, it has one of the shortest average commute times amongst the major cities (only 23 minutes!) and maintenance and repair costs are also under the national average. Worried about insurance? It’s 11% below norm!

9- Birmingham, AL: Gas prices in Alabama are considered the lowest nationally. Parking is not a nightmare as the low population density is matched with plenty of free space available. Commute time is 26 minutes, which is quite quick for a big city!

10- Richmond, Virginia: Owning a car in Richmond is quite affordable: gas prices and annual insurance premiums are still below national average and commute time is only over 24.5 minutes.

Media post: How to sell your old car

If you have never sold a car, the process may seem long and complicated especially if you are not sure what to do first, how to price your vehicle or what you need to be aware of. Therefore, we have compiled a short guide to help you through the process starting from how to prepare your car for the sale to how to market it in the best possible way. As a bonus, you will also find a suggestion how your old companion can serve you once again in case you are financially troubled.

Keep in mind that the tips below are useful in case you are selling your car alone. If you plan to trade it at a dealership, there is no need to follow those steps as they will give you the same price no matter if your car is washed or not. Even though this may look less stressful, it also means receiving less money for your vehicle. Therefore, we recommend taking care of the sale by yourself following the advice below.

What you need to do before the sell

Before listing your car on a given site for sale, there are a few things that you need to do in order to secure a quick deal for a desired price. Here are three of the most important elements you need to consider:

  • Get your car looking good – make sure to clean your car well both from the outside and inside. Things like dirt, stains, empty snacks packages will make your car look older and cheaper. Invest some time and money to make your car look good. Replace the floormats, for example, if they are too dirty or worn out. This simple trick will make good impression to the potential buyers.
  • Have your car serviced – it is a good idea to have your car professionally inspected before putting it to sale. Thus, you will avoid any unpleasant situations afterwards. If there are any minor flaws, have them repaired. If there is a bigger issue, make sure to include it in the description of the car so that the potential buyers are warned.
  • Gather all documentations and records you keep – it is important to have all the documents related to your car handy. This doesn’t include only the title deed or other such papers but also records of all checks you have undergone. The maintenance and service records will give the potential buyer a peace of mind. A CarFax report that your car has never been in an accident will increase its value.

If you have done any modifications to the car think well whether you shall leave them or remove them based on the notion if they will increase or reduce the price of your vehicle.

Ask for the right price

Pricing your car is perhaps the most difficult aspect of the entire process. When it comes to determining the value of a vehicle several factors play a role. A significant one is the emotional factor – if you are attached to your car and relate it only to positive memories, then you would be more willing to ask for a higher price that is not realistic. On the contrary, if you have had some accident with the car or you are desperate to get rid of it, then you will be willing to give it away for even half of the money you can get for it.

The best way to determine the correct price for your car is to check some sites that sell used cars. There you will be able to see how much you can expect based on the make of the vehicle, the year of its production, the extras it offers, the mileage, etc. Some of the sites you can check include, Craiglist or eBay Motors. You can add a bit more to the actual price you are looking for to make room for people who like bargaining.

Make the right listing

Once you have prepared your car to be sold and determined the right price for it, you shall consider listing it for sale. The most efficient technique is to post your ad on several sites and not just on one. Thus, you will stand a greater chance of concluding the deal quicker. The best advice to follow when putting the ad is to be completely honest and describe in full details all the pros and cons of your vehicle. Including all details and features accompanied with the right photos is a must for a good ad. Remember that the potential buyer knows nothing about your car. They might not be looking for a car like yours even but a given feature or accessory might grab their attention and make them interested in contacting you. It is important to mention if the car has been through an accident or if there are any visible damages. There is no good in putting just nice pictures and when a buyer comes to be profoundly disappointed by the truth that the car is actually in much worse condition. Take as many pictures as possible (40 is considered a good number even though it may sound a bit excessive) and make sure to use a good camera that produces high-quality photos. All details should be clearly visible and make the potential buyer want to bid more for your car and not less as a result of being uncertain what your photo reveals. Honesty and accuracy, combined with a few marketing tricks as the ones above, are your best-selling strategy.

Consider a title loan instead

Take a moment to consider why you want to sell your car before you proceed with the ad. If you are short of money and this is the solution you see, think again of the other options. Let your car serve you once again in a different way. One possibility is to use it as a collateral to get a title loan. It is a quick and simple process without much paperwork, doesn’t include a credit score check and you end up with the cash in about 15 minutes after being approved. This is a faster way to cover any urgent bills or debts and once you repay the title loan back you can consider selling the car again in case you really don’t need it any more.

Media post: Some Simple Winter Driving Tips

Whether you’re a grizzled New Englander or just visiting your in-laws on a Christmas appeasement trip, chances are high that you’ll hit some snowy weather along the way. And, if you do, it probably won’t be the high point of your trip because we all know that snow, ice and arctic winds will do their best to get you into a car accident.

However, you can fight back. You can throw your natural abundance of common sense at this situation and come out the victor. In this article, we will quickly review this “common sense” just so you have it fresh and ready to go before your trip. Some of tips below are almost clichés but often the greatest truths are found in clichés, especially when it comes to safety issues.

Slow Down!

When the weather is warm and dry you drive at a reasonable speed (hopefully.) This applies to your your acceleration, your deceleration and your cornering speed. When old man winter hits, though, here’s a tip: slow it all down. Faster changes of pace can cause you to lose traction in wintery weather and you know the consequences. Take it from Jones Chrysler of Bel Air, a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Bel Air, MD, play it safe and slow it down when its slippery outside!

Braking when it’s slippery

Understanding the distance required to stop a vehicle when roads are slippery or icy, is an invaluable driving insight.  If you feel that your car is beginning to slide, “feather” the brakes with quick taps on the brake pedal. Chances are that your Automatic Braking System (ABS) will kick in too and the both of you (You and your ABS) can bring the vehicle back into control.

Double the distance

With the increased time necessary for breaking, you should shift your default car-to-car distance to,, at least, double the recommended 2 to 3 seconds. It’s really simple why you do this: If you are tailgating someone when the driving is slick and if they jam on the brakes, you may not have the reaction time to do the same. The result: a crunching slam and then a visit by some nice local law enforcement authorities.


Everyone knows that at some point you are going to be out on the road when conditions are poor. Our advice is to plan ahead just in case something happens. Make sure your car is stocked with emergency winter items such as blankets, water, a shovel, a flashlight, jumper cables, etc.). Also, check your tire’s air pressure, make sure that your engines anti-freeze level is okay and have plenty of windshield fluid on-board.

AWD/4×4 braking

As much as four-wheel and all-wheel drive cars do have an advantage over two-wheel drive vehicles in the snow, there seems to be a disconnect when some people drive them. Yes, AWD and 4×4 drive vehicles are fantastic when driving during winter conditions but you know what they aren’t fantastic at: Braking. AWD and 4×4 drive are no better than any other car on the road when it comes time to stop the vehicle.

Get winter tires

The message is in the title. While the tire manufacturers make great all-season tires, you really can’t beat real winter tires when driving on the snow and ice. The secret sauce is the compound the tire manufacturers use to make winter tires. Winter tires are made of a special rubber that remains “sticky” when it’s really cold out. Mate that with deep, aggressive tread patterns and you’ve got some serious winter driving capacity.