Be Careful On The Roads This Winter!

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With climate change in full swing, there’s no telling how extreme the winter of 2021 will be. Now, in Fall, is the time to prepare for the worst, with a smile on your face, of course. Because the people who don’t prepare might wish they had listened to Edd Stark when he said “Winter is coming.”

What my family has done to prepare is partly covered in the following:

  1. Filled the trunk of our car with emergency survival equipment, including a BBQ with propane and an inflatable boat.
  2. Switched out our seasonal tires for brand new winter tires.
  3. Changed all the fluid in our vehicle (with a focus on anti-freeze).
  4. Got a spare tire as well as a spare car battery for under the back seat.
  5. Made a close connection with our local towing company and law enforcement, with their phone numbers in our dashboard glovebox.

Now, you may or may not be doing a lot of driving this winter. Even if you’re not, it’s best to have your vehicle prepared for the worst, with extra gasoline and tire patch kits, because you never know how bad the snow storms will get. You might get a call from a loved one who needs help, whom the local law enforcement is unable to reach in a timely manner due to backed up traffic on the highways. You might get storm warnings and wish to vacate to a hotel in the city rather than burn up all your firewood in the boonies. With all this considered, everything could be fine. You might get one inch of snow, but it’s still best to be prepared.

So far we’ve discussed preparing for winter with your vehicle. This is a lot different than actually building safe winter driving habits, however. Before we discuss what we believe to be the foundational points of safe winter driving, we’d like to give a shot out to our sponsors:

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The Foundations of Safe Winter Driving

We here at Endurozone don’t claim to be experts in winter driving, but after discussing this with friends and family, as well as our local tow truck drivers, we’ve agreed that there are 3 key principles to remember when driving in winter conditions. Here they are:

  1. Drive much slower than you typically would. This is important especially in stormy weather when vision is obstructed. By driving slower than normal you minimize the risk of slipping on black ice or losing control of your vehicle on tight turns.
  2. Be more alert than usual. It’s best to always be alert when driving, of course, but it makes sense to say that in winter conditions extra alertness is required compared to summer driving conditions. When winds are blowing, trees could be falling, people could be hidden behind falling snow, and by paying more attention to where you’re vehicle is going and what is in front of you, you lessen the risks of putting your car in a situation you would other wise fail to avoid–in this case, the ditch, if you’re lucky.
  3. Keep extra space between your vehicle and others. Of course, you can’t control how close the person behind you is. If they’re too close for comfort however, you can be aware of this and make sure to show them your brake lights when you feel like there might be a chance you have to slow down up ahead. However, you have full control of how close you’re driving to the vehicle in front of you! In summer conditions this might be fairly close and no one will complain. But in winter, or even stormy weather any time of year, you reduce the chances of collisions when your increase the distance between vehicles on the road.

There are many more tips to keep in mind when driving in extreme winter weather, but these are the 3 main, most simple ones that you can always have in your back pocket whenever you step behind the steering wheel during stormy winter weather.

One last time before we let you go, we want to wish everyone a great end to the Fall seasons and safe Winter! Because, after all, “Winter is coming.”

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Benefits of Electric Scooters in Canada

Thinking of getting a motorcycle but worried about safety and expenses? First of all, you’re in the right place because our blog is all about having fun with and learning about motorcycles. Today, however, we want to share the benefits of taking baby steps, which in this case for beginners would be getting an electric scooter instead of a motorcycle.

Personally, I would recommend electric scooters for beginners to practice with because although you’re legally able to drive them in the bicycle lane in Canada some of them also go up to 50 – 70 KM per hour which is faster than most bicycles and safe enough to drive on most urban and residential roads without being in the bicycle lane. Before I get too personal with my opnion though, let’s see what others are saying. Here are the 3 most common reasons why young beginners who want to drive motorcycles should start simply by getting an electric scooter instead. However, click here to learn what an electric scooter axially is if you’re uncertain. Now let’s begin:

3 Reasons Why You Might Want to Get an Electric Scooter Instead of a Motorcycle

  1. Students who don’t enjoy arriving to school all sweaty because they had to peddle on their bike for ten kilometers often prefer bikes with electric motors on them. Basically, getting a scooter is just one step above an electric peddle bike. Also, electric scooters have more storage space so you can carry your books in the trunk department instead of adding extra weight on your back.
  2. Cost-wise, it’s much cheaper to plug in your scooter to an electric socket when you get home at night rather than spend $50 a week on gas, especially if you have shared accommodations and don’t have to pay for the entire electricity bill at your home. Also, many places have stations where you can charge your electric vehicles while parked these days.
  3. Because, in Canada at least, you’re able to ride your electric scooter in the bicycle lane if you wish, that also means that electric scooters are potentially much safer than motorcycles. You may not be able to take your electric scooter on the highway going 120 KM per hour, but then again if it suites your purposes then there’s no reason to do such a thing to risk your safety anyways.

These three reasons are just to get started, to aid you in making your final decision. If I could say one more thing it’s that you don’t even need a driver’s license to drive an electric scooter in Canada although they can go 70 KM per hour. This means that for young people especially who are still training how to ride correctly, a temporary electric scooter to get you through the first few years of adult life could provide the practice you need to become a competent rider.

Whatever you decide, us here at Endurozone wish you safety out there on the roads!

What Feels Good VS What’s Good (Why Men Drive)

Driving a car ever since m’ grand daddy slapped me has been the utmost metaphor for life. Life in general that is. Can’t blame me when I’m living in a box. Except for the guy who invented the box, of course. But then again we’re all driving cars and we all live in boxes. Are we really all just doing what feels good to us, or is there a better reason why we like to speed at 230 miles per hour down the freeway?

While continuing to use driving as the utmost metaphor for life in general, I would like to say that I have concrete evidence proving cars and driving in general is good for life in general and stereotypical men don’t just love cars because they feel good.

My evidence starts with my own first-hand experience seeing how owning a car has turned a lazy teenager into an efficient pizza delivery driver. No cap. That lazy teenager was my own son, and I’m as stereotypical as they get. My son is thinking about starting his own pizza shop now. But a year ago he was playing video games all day. Look at what a single vehicle did, even though I paid for it!

And it feels good too. I think, actually, now that I reckon, that’s all the evidence I need.

Getting ready for the long-haul

We like to look at our lives metaphorically as the process of towing a motorcycle. It all started we bought our fist motorcycle as teenagers and it all broke down from there. Next thing you know we got several motorcycles before a collection has begun. The, when it finally comes to time to all in the tow truck because we’ve gone too far, we’re only halfway there, and must settle as being old men with teenagers still inside of us.

Now you may not understand the metaphorical significance of this, but that’s fine, because over the long-haul we’ll be explaining this a lot more in further detail.

So we thank you for joining us and beckon you to stay in your motorcycle seats as we take you on a bumpy ride.

Too bad motorcycles don’t have seat belts…