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Monthly Archives: March 2014

How Long Do Wiper Blades Last?

This is a real pet peeve of ours! Windshield wiper blades don't get the respect they deserve. They play a critical role in the safety and drivability of your vehicle by removing water, dirt, slush and snow. Here in Kelowna, they endure temperature fluctuations, from sub-zero winter weather to burning hot Okanagan summer sunshine. At times, they might have to operate for hours on end. Yet they're relatively cheap to buy and are made out of thin, flexible rubber -- not exactly the sturdy type of material that can take this kind of abuse forever. All of this combines to make your windshield wiper blades one of the hardest working and  least durable parts on your car or truck. Over time, they will crack, lose their shape and flexibility. Dryer climates certainly immune from wiper wear - heat and lack of moisture can damage your blades even if you never use them; just as very cold temperatures can make your blades stiff and easy to break. It ... read more

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BC Highway Winter Road Conditions Continue

Even though it's March 7th, the higher elevation roads here in BC continue to be a problem for drivers. Melting and freezing water can create black ice and heavy slush can prove to be just as dangerous when driving at high speeds. It is the las in BC that in order to drive the high mountain roads, all cars must have proper snow tires (those marked with the snowflake).  This photo was taken on February 17th by a friend of Boyds who was driving from Vancouver back to Kelowna only minutes before an avalanche closed the highway for two days. You can see from the photo that the normally 2-lane wide highway was down to only one lane due to the high snow bank dividing the highway. The vehicle in front is a big dually truck with two snowmobiles on the back. Before you drive the high mountain roads, check your fuel, your windshield fluid, your windshield wipers and your tire pressure. Check the BC Highways website to make sure the roads are open and above all... t ... read more

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