Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - October 2012




Happy Halloween!  Make sure you dress warm if you are going out with the kiddiesSmile

On the weekend of October 19-21, I was at the National Women’s Show in Toronto in the Active Green and Ross Booth. It was great to see some women who had attended my car care clinics.  Thanks for coming by and saying hello!  We also sold over 50 sets of pink wiper blades, woohoo! A portion of the proceeds is being donated by AutoTex Pink to breast cancer research.  If you want to get some PINK wiper blades please stop by the Active Green and Ross store at 580 Evans Ave, Etobicoke.  We also gave away 3 Kelly Gear Emergency Roadside Kits to three lucky women.  These lucky women were; K Rines, Sue Shantz and Linda Morrison.   If you didn’t win one and you still would like to get one please visit my website and order online.  (the shipping is free)  Christmas is right around the corner and here is the perfect gift!



Wiper blades were invented by a woman named Mary Anderson.  She patented the idea in 1905 and were standard equipment on all American vehicles by 1916.  The wipers were hand operated by the driver from inside the vehicle. 

This month's topic: Wipers and Winter Tires

Can you remember the last time you had your wiper blades changed?  Was it even this year?  This is the time of year you want to get some new wiper blades installed on your vehicle.  The nasty weather is already upon us and being able to see out your windshield is a pretty vital safety feature.  The summer heat actually dries the rubber out on your wiper blade and then it will streak across your windshield.  You can get either an all season wiper blade or a winter wiper blade.  I personally use all season wiper blades.  However, I don’t feel this way when it comes to tires and I’ll tell you why in just a bit.

Wiper Tip: When you know there is going to be a snowstorm or freezing rain.  Lift up your wiper blades before you park you car, so when you come back out it will be easier to clean the windshield.   You can’t do this on all vehicles, but you can do it on many of them.  Check to see if your vehicle is one of them.

Now, let’s talk briefly about winter tires.  Halloween to Easter is the general guideline to get your winter tires installed.  Don’t wait for the first snowstorm to make an appointment and don’t forget, if you bought your tires and wheels at Active Green and Ross your changeovers are no charge!  Just make sure you make the appointment  Winter tires are a must in Canada. (it’s the law in Quebec) Winter tires aren’t just for snow, it’s also for temperature.  When it gets colder than +7 degrees Celcius your all season’s tires ability to grip the road is severely diminished.  A winter tire is made of much softer rubber and this is what helps it grip the road so well in the winter.  As a result of being so soft, they will also wear out quicker, so be sure to take them off when it starts to get warm in the spring.  The other important aspect of winter tires is that it is four tires or nothing.  Just buying two winter tires can put you in an unsafe position.  In fact,  many shops will only sell you four tires.  When you do go to buy your winter tires here are some things you want to discuss with the service advisor.  How much you drive and your budget?  Like anything, there are good, better and best tires.  So you want to make the most informed decision on what to get for your vehicle.  If you are looking for a premium winter tire, Michelin X-Ice fits the bill nicely.  Michelin also has a rebate program going on right now, so be sure to ask about it.  Actually, pretty much every tire manufacturer has some sort of rebate going on at the moment.  If you want to price out tires on your own you can do so at

You will typically go through sets of tires throughout the life of your vehicle, so why not make one set a winter set.

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!

This months photo:

Kelly and Rita working the Active green and ross booth at the national women's show in Toronto


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