With so many different vehicle segments it can be hard to decide which one is best for your lifestyle. Here is our quick guide on the six most commonly driven type of vehicles in Canada.
These are the smallest of vehicle classes regularly found. Often described as “zippy” these little cars typically can’t transport much but have incredible gas mileage. These are often called student cars and are well suited for city driving. These are the least expensive vehicle segment to purchase. These are mostly found in hatchback styles but can be found as with two, three, or five doors.
Mid-Size or compact cars are what most people think of when picturing a car. They can comfortably fit five passengers and a small amount of luggage. These are available in a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, or five-door hatchback.
These are the largest of the car segment. With plenty of legroom in the back and ample trunk space, this is the car for active people. Full-Sized sedans often have additional features.
You will start to see more and more crossovers on the road. Crossovers are winning the race contest over the once-popular hatchbacks. The higher elevation gives the driver (and their passengers) more visibility and legroom, along with even more road traction and cargo space.
The mid-size SUV is by far the most popular vehicle segment for families and adult professionals. With a winning combination of enhanced safety features and plenty of cargo space, it’s a no-brainer choice for many. Mid-Size SUV’s are available with two or three-row seating and all have a hatch door.
The adventurer’s SUV is here. Trucks are no longer the only way to off-road with many Full-Size SUV’s offering 4X4 packages. These are not only designed to transport a lot of stuff but to transport it anywhere you need it to go. There is typically a lot of unexpected power under the hoods of full-size SUVs. There are available with two or three rows of seating to give you max cargo space potential.
Carbon Monoxide is an odourless, colourless, and tasteless gas commonly released by gas-powered vehicles through the exhaust. While Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is uncommon, it can be very dangerous. Here are our tips to help prevent carbon monoxide or other gas poisonings at home in your garage.
1) Do not Run Vehicles with Doors Closed
If you wish to start your car before you leave, open your garage door while running it.
2) Open Your Garage Doors
Our shops often keep their doors open during the warmer months. This allows for fresh air to enter the shop. Open your garage doors if you are using any hazardous goods or open flames.
3) Purchase and Maintain Gas Alarms
Look for alarms that can detect a vary of gasses. Carbon Monoxide is not the only gas that can be harmful. Place your alarms near appliances and away from windows or doors and test yearly. Batteries should be replaced every three to five years.
3) Store Dangerous Goods in a Safe Location
Dangerous Goods should be kept off the floor and away from foot traffic. Storage Cabinets are the safest way to keep these goods. Hazmat containers can be purchased, but all you need is to keep the goods out of the heat and out of reach.
4) Install a Ventilation System
Many people prefer to spend time in their garage working on various projects, but it is important to take precaution if it a regular pastime. Work with your garage doors open and run a ventilation system to give you provide you with fresh air.
If you are working in your garage for long periods of time, let others know where you will be, and how long you intend to work. If possible, have someone check in with you every hour to assure you are safe.
5) Do Not Charge Batteries Inside
Many people are unaware of this, but batteries should never be charged inside the home or garage. Batteries can leak other types of gasses that can be dangerous to your health, as well as can overheat and cause a fire.
6) Regular Inspections
Vehicle inspections are important to keeping you safe from possible poisoning. Visit your shop to assure your vehicle is in good shape with no leaks.
Remember: If you are experiencing headaches, dizziness, or vision problems, get into fresh air immediately.
When I was a kid, I loved the old cars at Tinkertown. There was always a long wait, but for a five-year-old, getting to “drive” for the first time was incredible! I remember concentrating very hard to follow the road, not realizing that the car was on tracks. Passing the little pond with legs sticking to the hot seats was an experience shared by many Manitoban kids throughout many different generations.
There is no shortage or automobile-related fun in Manitoba! Find something for the whole family this weekend. The first weekend of summer break can be difficult to plan for. We have gathered a list of activities for your car-loving kids to keep them entertained well into the summer.
For Young Children:
Located on 621 Murdock Rd, Winnipeg
What to See:
A family favorite for generations, this amusement park has a ride when you can “drive” antique cars or try your hand at bumper cars.
Located at the Forks, 45 Forks Market Road
What to See:
A real train and “construction” vehicles are all ready to be played on!
Slower Pace Activities:
Located in Elkhorn, Manitoba
What to See:
This museum has a large collection of both restored and untouched vintage vehicles.
Priced at $10 for adults and $2 for kids, this is an inexpensive day trip just West of Brandon. This is a relatively quiet museum but has treasures galore. Some vehicles are even available for purchase.
Located at the Winnipeg Police Headquarters, 245 Smith Street
What To See:
Check out their 1925 REO Patrol Wagon and restored 1978 Harley-Davidson and sidecar.
They are only open Tuesday through Friday, 10-3 but it is typically not busy and is free of charge. Guided tours are available on request.
Red River Exhibition Park, July 13
What to See:
Tricked out aftermarket cars, customized to their owner’s liking open minds up to the world of possibility.
One day only!
St Adolphe, Manitoba
What to See:
Watch cars race each other on a real racetrack!
Check the schedule for race times, as dates and times vary.
When I was fourteen, my family went on a road trip across the prairies. We had taken smaller roads trips before, like to Fargo or Brandon, but nothing this far. We were on a mission to get to Edmonton, Alberta that summer.
Our parents decided that the perfect way to bring all three of us kids together was to stuff us into our early 200’s Durango for three days. Because it was 2011, the only things we had to entertain each other were each other, and a portable DVD player. This was a very ambitious trip.
My parents proudly packed for our trip all week long, installing a roof rack and carefully planning our route. My dad used google maps to print out the route and installed his “trusty” GPS (more on that later) and was ready to go!
The night before, we packed up the Durango and our parents told us where we had to sit. My brother and sister sat next to each other, and because I was the oldest, I got the back seat all to myself. This arrangement changed once my brother and sister started squabbling, but it was a good idea in theory.
At four in the morning, my mom enthusiastically woke all of us up. How she had that kind of energy I do not know, but I do remember rolling out of bed, grabbing my backpack, pillow, and blanket, and immediately walking into a wall because I forgot to put my glasses on.
At five a.m., we had finally all been successfully wrangled and in the car. I fell asleep and woke up when my dad stopped for coffee at strange Tim Hortons. I thought that meant we were almost there but being unfamiliar with Winnipeg we were actually just somewhere West of the Perimeter. The stop wasn’t a total waste though, because Tims meant we could have Timbits for breakfast!
I remember seeing the rolling hills on the Saskatchewan/Manitoban border for the first time and being amazed that the ground wasn’t flat. I had seen mountains before, but those seemed to stand out of the ground instead of being an unsteady, wavy surface. I was ready for our first stop: The Dinosaur Museum!
We drove for what seemed like forever, finally arriving in a small, old town called Drumheller. We pulled in to our Bed and Breakfast to unpack and get ready to go out. For those unfamiliar with B&B’s, they’re like Air B&B, but you had to actually call to book your stay, and the owner of the home was there too. We were lucky because this particular B&B had Wi-Fi so I could keep reading my story as I waited. Once we were unloaded, we headed out.
Being fourteen, I thought I was too cool for the Dinosaur Museum, but my mom let me take pictures with her digital camera for the first time. It’s strange to think that not even ten years ago it was a big deal that I could use a digital camera when now I use my phone every day to take pictures for CROWN Auto Group. The museum hosted a whole slew of dinosaurs, but the best part was watching my brother, who was ten at the time, see the dinosaurs.
Our next stop was the Hoodoos, AKA the Badlands. It’s a provincial park and looked like what you would see at the Grand Canyon because of the distinct patterns in the soil. I remember climbing them with my family. The Badlands were also where I broke my first law; I took a rock, which is against the park’s rules. I still have that rock.
My family spent a day in Drumheller, and then we were off to the rest of our vacation: Edmonton. On the first day in Edmonton, my parents needed to go to Walmart. My dad used the hotel computer and got directions off Google Maps, and plunked them into his GPS. We all loaded up back into the car, and my dad drove. And drove. And drove. We passed through the city’s centre, by IKEA, and eventually, we drove into the suburbs. Faithfully following the directions, my dad followed every direction, all the way until we drove into someone’s parking lot hearing “you have arrived” from our GPS. Realizing something went wrong, my dad drove all of us back to the hotel and asked the front desk where the nearest Walmart was. It was literally right behind our hotel.
On the second day, we went to the amusement park, and I got to try my hand again at taking pictures. After spending a couple of days in Edmonton, we packed up again to go home, only this time my dad printed off the directions instead of using his GPS. Shortly after that trip my dad packed away his GPS, never to be seen again.
What’s your most memorable road trip? Tag us in your road trip pics this summer on Facebook and Instagram and we might feature them on our page!
Your phones’ smart, your home’s smart, but is your car? You don’t need a Tesla or Smart Car to connect your car to your everyday life. Connecting your car can be easy and cheap! Here are some changes you can start doing today to make some smart choices.
Tip 1: Use those free subscriptions!
When you purchase a vehicle, most have several free trials and subscriptions to services designed to make your life easier. Your product advisor can show you how to set up things like a personal concierge, Sirius XM, or your manufacturer’s roadside assistance. Take time to play with them and fully understand all they have to offer before you hit the road.
Tip 2: Connect your Phone
Your vehicle can do so much more than making phone calls. Fully enable your tech settings to do things like sending voice command texts, map out your route, and even find you cheap gas.
Tip 3: WI-Not?
Does your vehicle double as the family’s living room? If you have an active family, enabling WI-FI services on your vehicle will keep the kids quiet(er) on your next trip. Have an older vehicle? Portable WI-FI hotspots can be inexpensively purchased at most electronics stores.
Tip 4: Go Electric
Gas is on its way out and electric cars are on their way into your driveway! Electric and Hybrid vehicles are more expensive upfront but with government grants and charging stations popping up over the city, it’s easy to make the smarter choice. Charging stations can be easily hung on a wall. If you are an apartment dweller, many electric cars only require an outlet, just like the ones used for your block heater.
Tip 5: Safety First
Buckle up, kids! This is going to be a smooth ride! In the past few years, vehicle safety features have made leaps and bounds! While we aren’t quite there yet for autonomous vehicles on the street, we certainly have a lot of features that come close. Blind Spot Warning, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, and so much more. Did you know that as of 2018, every new vehicle must have a backup camera? If you’re still looking over your shoulders for the newest safety tech, now is the time to connect.
Looking to keep up to date with the latest advances in vehicle technology? Stay tuned for more car blogs from CROWN Mazda!
There isn’t always enough room for your car in the driveway or parking lot but parking on the street isn’t always favourable. Here are our ten tips you need to know when leaving your car overnight on the street.
Before you park, you will need to scout out the spot. To find the perfect parking spot you need to consider:
1) How many other cars are parked on the street?
If there are plenty of vehicles parked on the street already there is a good chance it is a suitable parking spot.
2) If it’s bright enough.
Brightly lit streets will help other’s see your vehicle in the dark and you can see your own when walking to and away from your vehicle.
No parking signs are an obvious warning sign not to park, but other signs should be observed as well. Look for bus stops, loading zones, and safety cones. All are indicators that you should not park there, even if there isn’t a no parking sign.
4) Don’t park too far from your destination.
Long walks are dangerous to take alone, especially in the evening. If possible, park somewhere where you can spot your vehicle from your location.
5) Security cameras can keep your vehicle safe.
While it will not directly protect your vehicle, if you find your vehicle has damage done to it when you’ve returned, a camera can help provide proof to your insurance.
Now that you’ve found the perfect spot you need to prepare your vehicle to leave it on the street. Here’s how to secure your vehicle.
6) Park close to the curb.
Get as close as possible to the curb and leave enough room for the vehicles parked around you to exit easily without impeding other vehicles.
7) Feed the Meter with Extra Time
Pre-paying for parking is tricky. Always add an extra hour to the meter to avoid rushing out in the middle of a conversation to prevent your vehicle from being towed.
8) Clean Up Your Car
Not only should your valuables be kept out of sight, but your vehicle should be free of anything unnecessary in the backseat. That bag of bags might be worthless to you, but someone might think there’s something more valuable inside. Detach your trailer hitch and any other accessories that can be stolen or damaged.
9) Apply Your Parking Brake
This extra step is always a good idea.
10) Take a photo of where you parked your car and any landmarks on the way.
If your vehicle has the technology, map its location on your phone.
Smart people know that the key to a successful road trip is in the preparation. We spoke with CROWN Parts managers to learn their proven secrets to a successful road trip while travelling with kids in a small car.
1) Keep Up with the Cargo
Trunk Space is key while travelling in a small car. Clean out anything unnecessary to make room for your first aid kit, stroller and fun activities! Cargo trays are a great way to keep your vehicle clean.
“I have one in my vehicle right now. I got tired of vacuuming up sand.”
Ian Robinson, Parts Manager and Father
Invest in a roof rack if you need more room. You must be able to see clearly out the back of your window while driving. Loose items could cause damage if you need to suddenly brake. Get active with a bike rack or trailer hitch! Many newer cars can handle a lot – ask our parts specialists if your vehicle can be fitted for one during your next service appointment.
2) Make Room for More
If you have young children, your vehicle needs enough space to comfortably fit your car seats. If you only have one car seat it should be installed in the centre of the row. This is the safest spot for your child in your vehicle. Before leaving make sure the straps are tight and not twisted or tangled. Multiple car seats need extra space. If your vehicle is a tight fit, consider renting a larger vehicle for the occasion or seeing us for an upgrade. Larger vehicles have many family-friendly options such as tents and DVD screens.
3) Prepare for Human Needs
The most important thing to keeping your young passengers happy is to take care of their basic needs such as sleeping and eating. Eating in the car can be messy but you don’t always shave a choice on road trips. Younger children can use their sippy cups, but for bigger kids, the spill-proof travel mug you bring to work will do the trick! Extra comfort can be found by bringing small throw pillows instead of larger ones in small cars.
An easy craft you can do with the kids before you leave is to give them a small reusable container with a lid (an old margarine container works well) and let them decorate it with stickers or anything else their hearts desire. Once you head out on the trip give them their decorated containers and ask them to place their garbage in it. If your kids aren’t fond of cleaning you can use their container to store small toys, crayons, or even snacks on the road.
Map out all the rest stops in the area. If your children need to use the restroom every three hours, plan on visiting a gas station with a public washroom. Matt suggests bringing extra fuel depending on where you’re going.
5) Tires Make the Car Go ‘Round!
Bring along a tire inflator and the phone number for your manufacturer’s road care service to be ready in case of an emergency.
“Make sure the spare tire is in good shape and has proper air pressure in it.”
Matt Salaam, Parts Manager and Outdoor Enthusiast
6) Power up!
Fully charge your electronics the night before and pack its charging cables. Turn on your data alert on your devices or use your vehicle’s WIFI to avoid overage charges. If you are using your car’s navigation add the location to your map a few days before and review the route.
7) Visit the shop before you go.
Before heading out on your next trip your vehicle could use a checkup. Even if you don’t notice any issues driving to and from work, driving at one hundred kilometres an hour for several hours could expose some surprise issues. Bring your car into the shop two weeks before a major road trip so there’s time to order any necessary parts.
Have more tips? Leave them in the comment section below.
Are you thinking of trading in your vehicle someday? We do it every day at CROWN! These are the top three things you need to start doing TODAY to help us get you the most for your vehicle.
Take Care of the Little Things
The chip in your windshield might not be a big deal, but fixing it before you come in could help improve the value of your trade-in. Little things like untwisting your seatbelts, defogging your headlights, or getting your trunk latch fixed show us you take care of your vehicle.
“If you take good care of your vehicle it will show. Doing little things like washing your car every week, especially in the spring months when there’s salt still on the roads, will make a huge difference in the long run.”
– Garrett Krieg, Pre-Owned Car Manager
Regular Service Appointments and Their Documentation
Keeping a binder of everything you’ve had done on your vehicle will give us a better understanding of what’s going on under the hood. If you service your vehicle at any of our CROWN locations, we will already have a record of this for you.
Regular maintenance on your vehicle will improve its value and lengthen the lifetime of your vehicle. If you have any outstanding recalls on your vehicle get them fixed.
Drive to the Conditions
We normally say this about bad weather, but road conditions play a part in this too. If you are an aggressive driver your vehicle will accumulate more wear and tear damage than most vehicles. Watch out for potholes, stick to the speed limit, and use the right tires to protect your vehicle.
Taking care of your vehicle is easy! If you are planning on trading in your vehicle, don’t forget to get it cleaned and detailed before your appraisal to get more for your vehicle.
It’s no secret that Manitobans love off-roading! Off-roading is about experiencing nature with your vehicle, but in order to do it right, you must be prepared. We spoke with our CROWN off-roading specialist Matt Salaam about what he thinks every off-roader needs to have to be prepared.
You must take care of yourself before you take care of others, which is why the first step to having a good off-roading experience is taking care of yourself. Here’s what you need before you go on an adventure:
First Aid Kit
Do not leave home without a first aid kit. Anything can happen when off-roading and you never know when you’ll need a Band-Aid!
Bringing a physical map may seem outdated, but you may not always have service in the areas you are travelling to. Make note of where you want to go, major landmarks, and if you are going with others, a clear meeting spot. Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
Cell Phone and Battery Pack
Using your data will drain your phone’s battery. If you are planning on using your phone for most of the trip you will need a way to charge it. An extra battery pack will make sure your phone is fully charged. Keep in mind that there may not always be cell phone reception when you go off-roading.
A Good Pair of Boots
Anything can happen off-roading. That’s why you need a tall pair of rubber boots. An old pair of sneakers will be no help if you need to push your truck out of the mud.
Everyone’s favourite part of any road trip is the snacks. Bring enough to last you a couple of days with plenty of water just in case you are out longer than expected.
Tools for the Truck (or SUV)
Recovery Gear is a kit that includes recovery ropes, shackles, and much more. You can purchase them as kits or create your own. Include a basic toolkit with your recovery gear.
A winch with proper recovery points will make your experience much smoother if you have the means to install it on your vehicle.
Off-Roading takes more fuel than you think! Always keep a jerry can or two on hand to fuel up.
Not only used for scuba diving, but this tool is also a must-have for off-roaders in the spring. Driving through water are no fun if you are worried about flooding your engine. This is also beneficial while driving through Winnipeg in pothole season…
Use this as a grip for your vehicle’s tires if it gets stuck in the mud, which is likely to happen when you go off-roading.
If the recovery boards don’t work, you’ll have to dig yourself out.
A Spare Tire (or two)
A prepared off-roader always has a spare tire on hand. Tough terrain can stress your vehicle’s tires and it is difficult to give CAA instructions to you when you are in the middle of nowhere.
All-terrain and mud tires are your best option when off-roading. Your all-season tires won’t quite cut it in difficult terrain. If at all possible, bring along a tire inflator and patches to repair on the go!
Now that you’re ready, go out and have fun! Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures!
Start enjoying the warmer weather and take your car on the drive it deserves! Spring is almost here and it’s time for our spring driving tips.
Here are some things to keep in mind about spring driving:
1) It’s Messy Out There
Spring is messy. Dirt builds up underneath and when the snow melts it makes its way onto the roads. Puddles and slush start building up, creating an easier way for your car to spread mud and dirt around. Your vehicle will start to collect dirt on and underneath it, possibly causing issues with rust.
Rust is created when salt and water are built upon your vehicle. Washing your vehicle once a week with undercarriage protection will help prevent your car from rusting out.
2) More Pedestrians
Warmer weather means more are people out and about Winnipeg. Watch out for kids playing on the streets or pedestrians trying to cross the roads. The roads will also see an increase in cyclists so be sure to share the road!
Spring in Winnipeg is pothole season! Drive slowly and take your time on well-travelled roads. Other vehicles around you may be swerving to avoid potholes so be sure to watch out for other drivers.
Potholes can wreak havoc on vehicles – they can cause flat tires, alignment issues, and even autobody dents. Take note of any differences you feel while driving your vehicle and make sure to mention it to your technician.
Winnipeg’s snow has a habit of melting and then freezing overnight. Drive with extra caution at night and in the morning as they may be ice covered. Black ice season isn’t over until all the snow and ice have melted away for good.
Winter tires should remain on your vehicle until the temperatures are steadily above seven degrees Celsius. For Winnipeg this means mid-April but if you have studded tires they must be removed by May 1st.