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Toyota Winter Driving Tips & Giveaway

January 5th, 2012 @ 1:55pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouverites don’t normally have to contend with weeks on end of snowy, slushy, slippery streets like the rest of the country, however we could definitely use an education in winter road safety all the same. Last month Toyota Canada hosted a winter driving workshop at the Richmond Olympic Oval and offered up a few driving tips for locals:

  • Tires: Check the air pressure since cold weather causes tire pressure to decrease and that can affect the degree of grip your tires have with the road surface. The condition of tires also is important as worn or damaged tires can hamper your driving ability. It is best to replace tires before the tread depth is the regulatory 1.55mm.
  • Winterize: Be sure to check your battery, oil and all fluids, brakes, lights, and engine belts and hoses. What works in warm weather may not work so well when temperatures fall.
  • Plan Ahead: Before heading out check weather and road conditions and ensure you have plenty of time to reach your destination safely. Around here Drive BC is a great resource where you can learn about current road conditions and check out several BC highway webcams. You can also follow @DriveBC on Twitter.
  • Ice & Snow: Be sure to clear off any ice and snow from your vehicle before you hit the road (especially if you just came from the mountain). I’ve been on the freeway when a sheet of snow (2 inches thick and 3 feet wide) has fallen off the roof of the car in front of me. Pretty scary. Also, clear all of your windows and your mirrors to enhance your own lines of sight.
  • Cruise Control: Avoid slipping into auto-pilot as you’ll want to feel the responsiveness of your vehicle yourself.

I think most of all, common sense is paramount. Avoid speeding, tailgating, and follow the regular rules of the road with caution. I was told on my driver’s test that the posted maximum speed is the limit “under ideal conditions” so take your time if you need to. While there’s rain in the city, the Sea to Sky, Highway 1, Coquihalla, and local mountains have already seen their share of severe winter conditions.

To help you out this season, Toyota is offering up a prize pack for one of my readers, valued at $100. It includes: A Toyota Winter Car Kit (including everything from jumper cables and bungee cords to hand warmers), some snacks for the road, and a Starbucks gift card. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a winter driving kit from @ToyotaCanada & @Miss604 #ToyotaWinterWheels http://ow.ly/8jHaK

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:00pm.

Update The winner is Jewel!

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248 comments

  1. howwon says:

    Best blog/contest ever!!!

  2. ho says:

    Safety first! :)

  3. Jennifer T says:

    Would love to win this as our emergency kit has been depleted and/or outdated!

  4. TIm Ansley says:

    Every car should have something like this!

  5. Deidre says:

    Great prize – and great blog!

  6. Vince S says:

    I agree with Tim, every car should have one of these!

  7. This is a great contest. Everyone should have this in their car.

  8. Ben says:

    What a cool program, we’ve always put our winters in our vehicle. We’ve also grumbled and thought “okay…so where’s the snow already?!” Being prepared is definitely reassuring and makes for calmer driving, especially when the conditions do get worse. Timely giveaway as ever Miss 604!!

  9. Ruby says:

    This is an awesome prize! Something everyone should have in their car.

  10. Ruth Hartnup says:

    Definitely important to drive more slowly and give everyone plenty of space.

  11. Christine says:

    Great prize!

  12. Jewels says:

    i drive an 87 toyota tercel…you’d think i’d already have one of these.

  13. C Wilson says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  14. Michelle B says:

    Very useful prize

  15. Dilara says:

    Every car needs an emergency kit, no matter how mild the weather in the area is. Great prize!

  16. lucky says:

    thanks for the winter tips!

  17. Shelley says:

    Good tips for winter driving Toyota!

  18. Bons says:

    Great prize for my car!

  19. Michelle W. says:

    Bought my very first car yesterday! I NEED this!

  20. Tyler says:

    Gift cards are always welcome ;)

  21. Angela R says:

    winterize me

  22. Brenda says:

    Winter is coming

  23. Cliff says:

    It’s always good to be prepared

  24. Lauren says:

    If your car isn’t winter ready (like having no snow tires or bald tires) and it dumps snow, please just stay home if possible!

  25. OOhh, there’s some excellent tips there, thanks !

  26. John F. says:

    Would love to win this. Thanks for the winter tips.

  27. Sheila says:

    great prize!

  28. maria says:

    Would be great for my toyota!

  29. Katie says:

    Always good to get reminders on winter road safety

  30. Lori says:

    Great winter car kit; great advice. Also, not the time to be talking on cell phones!

  31. Vanessa says:

    A great prize!

  32. Rebecca says:

    I definitely need this!

  33. Roanne says:

    Winning!

  34. Jonnie (JB) says:

    Such a useful prize!

  35. Curtis says:

    Drive safely folks!

  36. Serena Debolt says:

    Great idea to how to teach people the dangers of winter driving – thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Garrett Ralston says:

    Good tips, the kit will go well with our Corola!

  38. Albert C says:

    Be Safe out there.

  39. vincent says:

    this would be very nice lolz

  40. Aaron B. says:

    Could definitely get good use of this lol.

  41. A Mueller says:

    Awesome contest!

  42. Chrysta says:

    Very practical.

  43. Cecilia says:

    This is a really cool contest!

  44. Lindsay says:

    Hey, I own a Toyota! I’d love the prize pack!

  45. Paul B says:

    Great giveaway!

  46. Cathy V says:

    I need a winter safety car kit!

  47. Teresa K says:

    Wow! How practical! I’d love to win this. It would be perfect for me.

  48. Great tips…also don’t forget to travel with a blanket, candle and matches in the winter.

  49. Lloyd says:

    Good tips!

  50. Nice prize, thanks for offering it!

  51. Erika says:

    Jumper cables would be a good idea! And a nice hot starbucks! Good idea toyota!

  52. Tom says:

    Pick me! Our Edmonton winters are worse than yours!

  53. Tracy says:

    Would love to win this super useful prize :D

  54. Troy says:

    Great contest.

  55. william says:

    Great prize!

  56. Felicia says:

    Good tips for winter driving.

  57. Ivan says:

    Great contest and prize!

  58. Jenn K says:

    Great prize! I really really need to get some jumper cables for my car!!

  59. Amy says:

    I Love Toyota!

  60. Donna says:

    great emergency kit

  61. Junah says:

    i hope I win.

  62. Fishieeeee says:

    Great blog

  63. Kevkevs says:

    Would love to give to my father for his Toyota Corolla!

  64. Lillea says:

    Great to have a chance to win a truly practical prize!

  65. Michelle says:

    In addition to safety items, I always keep a bit of packaged food in my car for emergencies.

  66. pamr. says:

    Could definitely use this; we don’t have an emergency car kit

  67. ChristineB says:

    This kit is a great idea and necessary for winter driving.

  68. Carol says:

    An emergency kit for the car and a snack…..great contest!

  69. Daryl says:

    emergency kit for the car perfect!

  70. Jen Maddox says:

    Great giveaway.

  71. SUMMER PLEWES says:

    would love to be entered.

  72. Vesper says:

    love this as my husband doesn’t have an emergency kit in his car

  73. Jan says:

    Thanks for the contests

  74. Manuel says:

    I love to be prepared for any situation!

  75. Kristen says:

    We are buying our first car in a couple of weeks – would love to win!

  76. rino says:

    What a prize!

  77. tania says:

    Thanks Rebecca!

  78. Gladys Tsang says:

    Great little driving survival kit!

  79. Jared says:

    I own a Toyota if that makes any difference lol (an Echo and it’s been fabulous-no problems whatsoever!)

  80. Julia says:

    Gotta love Toyota!

  81. Belinda says:

    Lovely prize

  82. Brandy says:

    Yay! Winter stuff!

  83. lindawwww says:

    I don’t have a winter kit for my car and would love to win this prize.

  84. Andrea says:

    I loved my Toyota Echo!

  85. Marina says:

    Safety first!! And then coffee.

  86. Muckymoo says:

    We have had a wet winter so far but you never know when it might snow so it is good to be prepared.

  87. Josie says:

    Great contest! Thanks for the opportunity!

  88. Jenny says:

    Great prize! It would be very useful!

  89. Sanaz says:

    This is a very useful prize, would love to win it!

  90. tennille says:

    I hate winter driving!!! great prize

  91. Debbie F says:

    Every car should be equipped with a winter kit

  92. 365_CP says:

    Purchase winter tires and drive safe out there

  93. contestb says:

    Keep emergency equipment in the trunk during the winter season (blanket, flashlight, etc).

  94. super_hp says:

    Cool contest!

  95. MrDisco says:

    Good luck

  96. Jessica says:

    Great prize!!

  97. Carla says:

    What a great prize! The Starbucks gift card is just icing on the cake!

  98. Elizabeth S says:

    What a great prize idea! Everyone should have the essentials in their car especially during cold winters.

  99. Emilia Turner says:

    Tire pressure is very important, especiaaly with our dark wet roads in winter.

  100. Cyndi says:

    A Winter Car Care Kit with a Starbucks card, you can’t beat that!

  101. Gary says:

    I could definitely use this – the jumper cables I have in my car are a little rusty and frankly I’m afraid to use them!

  102. Annie says:

    great contest! keep safe and keep warm!

  103. Jennifer says:

    Great contest, and a very useful prize! Thanks!

  104. Nicole says:

    With a new baby on the way I should really look into getting a safety kit for the car!

  105. Alex says:

    Awesome prize!

  106. Huguette English says:

    Great prize, something we’d need, thanks for the chance!
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/henglish/status/155596296416276480

  107. Debbie B says:

    this is a must have for driving would love to have it in my car

  108. Colleen C says:

    My kit is old, I would love to win this!

  109. Nora says:

    This would be great for my sister’s car!

  110. James says:

    Great prize

  111. Caroline M. says:

    great prize once again, please enter me.

  112. Anne-Marie Tvete says:

    Great tips ! Thanks for the giveaway also.

  113. Stephanie says:

    Like to be prepared for whatever adventures I go on.

  114. mickey53 says:

    Good to be prepared for winter situations.

  115. Sherry says:

    Yet another great contest. I had a bunch of stuff stolen from my car including my jumper cables so would love to win this.

  116. andrea says:

    great prize! thanks!

  117. Deb Philippon says:

    Great contest. The Richmond Oval is a gorgeous venue.

  118. SueSueper says:

    This kit is very helpful now that winter is upon us.. Brrrrr. :-)

  119. Simon says:

    My parents would love this kit for their Camry!

  120. Amy N. says:

    Thanks for the great contest Miss604 and Toyota

  121. Hari D says:

    great winter driving tips

  122. Mike says:

    Need emergency car supplies.

  123. Deanna Barkley says:

    The best hint for winter driving is drive to the conditions. Slow down. This is a great prize.

  124. Katie S says:

    Yay Toyota! I love my Echo, and am happy to hear about such workshops!

  125. E. Tang says:

    Great contest!

  126. Aliya D. says:

    I agree the common sense is of the utmost importance; too many people do really dumb things while driving in the winter. Thanks!

  127. Sophia says:

    This would make a great start to a winter driving kit for my car!

  128. Cindy KS says:

    My “new” used Toyota could use this as I haven’t had time to get it myself!

  129. Anne Taylor says:

    My Toyota would be very happy to win this! ;-)

    thanks

  130. Sarah C says:

    Our corolla is in need of some winter stuff.

  131. james says:

    great prize, thanks for the chance

  132. Elaine says:

    This will be perfect in my trunk and definitely come in handy.

  133. lori says:

    something every car owner should have

  134. dean says:

    nice kit

  135. john says:

    looks like a good kit

  136. shirley says:

    love to have one for my car

  137. nancy says:

    It would give a peace of mind to have one of these in the van

  138. Deb C says:

    Great giveaway! Would love to win this as I have two new drivers driving my Toyota Echo around ~ good luck everyone :)

  139. Jeannie Smyth says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  140. Aubrey Young says:

    Very nice prize.

  141. Anne Derkat says:

    It’s only common sense to carry something like this in your car. Nice Prize.

  142. brian chamberlin says:

    would be great for my mom

  143. Ken Kowalski says:

    timely prize.

  144. Marsha says:

    Great prize.

  145. Tooth Fairy says:

    Great tips + ideas for safety checklist! Thanks for the chance to win kit.

  146. Audie says:

    I own a toyota camry but am lacking this kit. Would love to win.

  147. Patrick says:

    This will be very useful in Kamloops!

  148. kahhlee says:

    Crossing my fingers for my road test..

  149. sean pynaert says:

    please enter me – my mom owns a toyota!

  150. Sandra Schultz says:

    This is the best prize for a Canadian winter driver – let’s face it – it’s always when you least expect it, that you get stuck somewhere! I was once, and a good samaritan helped me while my kids kept warm in the van. I love friendly Canadians!

    (And who can turn down Starbucks on a cold winter day?)

  151. Julie Palmese says:

    What a helpful, thoughtful prize.

  152. Andrew says:

    great tips for Winter driving!

  153. Winter safety is a must! Thank you. :)

  154. Stephanie C says:

    Safety first! = )

  155. Amy M says:

    Winter travel kits with emergency supplies are so important to carry in your car during our Canadian winters. They certainly give you peace of mind!

  156. Amy C says:

    I could use a Winter Car Kit. Thanks for the winter driving tips.

  157. Rebby says:

    Great idea to be prepared for winter driving! I think most Canadians could really use a kit like this!

  158. Lisa KH says:

    A winter driving kit would come in very handy for me. I’m always nervous about things going wrong with my car when I travel long distances in the cold.

  159. stacey dempsey says:

    THE TIRE PRESSURE IS A GREAT TIP not everyone knows that, i didnt until a few years ago

  160. ginette4 says:

    Great contest, thank you and thank you Toyota! :)

  161. Andrei O. says:

    I could really use some new jumper cables, I have no idea where my set from last winter went.

  162. Lyn says:

    Seattle and Toyota a very good combo.

  163. MIKE says:

    I could really use this car kit from Toyota.

  164. Adam says:

    useful – great prize; I’m in!

  165. Silvy says:

    I would love to win this for my daughter to keep in her car!

  166. Bernadette says:

    Very great ideal to have this kit in your vehicle…you just never know!

  167. Evan says:

    Big fan of Toyota products … still driving my 2000 Echo to this day. Took it on a roadtrip down to Southern Cali’ in October 2010 with my brother … no problems at all … ran smoothly start-to-finish.

  168. Stephanie S says:

    would love this package since the only thing my prelude currently has is an oil thing in my trunk!

  169. liz says:

    I’m ready to get winterized!

  170. Linda Nguyen says:

    would love to give this to my bf’s parents!

  171. Renfrew says:

    Thank goodness we don’t have winter here.

  172. Melissa Alexakis says:

    wow, would love to win this. I drive a toyota rav4 and this would be a great thing to keep in the vehicle, since I have none of this stuff, and defiantly could use it.

  173. Rob Pagan says:

    Great suggestions and prizes

  174. Linda says:

    very useful prize

  175. Ro says:

    Great tips. Hope people learn to slow down in less favourable conditions.

  176. Nicole says:

    Safety needed, always! I remember the last huge snowfall – we definitely were NOT prepared!

  177. Katie says:

    Ah man…I have been meaning to buy jumper cables for a while now! This would be perfect.

  178. linda says:

    great giveaway for that winter picnic our road trip.

  179. Kim O'Reilly says:

    This would be an awesome kit for my daughter’s first car!

  180. Maegan Morin says:

    Very cool!! Thanks for the giveaway

  181. Kelly says:

    Would love to win this for my mom!

  182. Adam says:

    I’m in need of some new jumper cables!

  183. Jake says:

    Winter shminter … -j

  184. Ryan says:

    i’d love to win this!

  185. angela m says:

    what a fantastic prize..
    thanks

  186. Stel says:

    Awesome prize. Winter driving essentials! Would love to win this.

  187. lori says:

    just discovered your site, enjoyed it very much.
    please put my name into the giveaway!

  188. liz says:

    I’m ready to be winterized!

  189. Lisa Bolduc says:

    i dont have any of these for my car!oh noooo!

  190. Vaughan says:

    Sigh, my car really needs this. :(

  191. Judy says:

    Nice! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! :)

  192. Dennis L. says:

    Safety first!

  193. Stotes says:

    Great prize!

  194. Amber Ann says:

    Would go great with our 97 toyota :)

  195. Lynne B says:

    I’d love to win this prize as I recently needed jumper cables and didn’t have any in my vehicle!

  196. Stacey says:

    Great idea for a prize! Could definitely use it for our 4Runner with 300K clicks!

  197. Gigi says:

    Perfect for my dad. :)

  198. Roy says:

    A must HAVE !! for BC’s mountain Highways and Passes !!

  199. nm says:

    Awesome prize!

  200. ally says:

    great contest!

  201. Alex says:

    Yes please!

  202. Elysia S says:

    Love this

  203. Jen Lewis says:

    Great tips.. Thanks for the giveaway!

  204. DavidLasalle says:

    Nice tips, thanks for sharing!

  205. Matthew Jones says:

    This would be great!!

  206. emma walpole says:

    would love to win

  207. Holly Jones says:

    Awesome

  208. Cherie J says:

    Great Contest..Good Luck Everyone!

  209. Bill says:

    sure why the heck not =)

  210. Lori says:

    Let’s hope for no more snow this year

  211. Jarrah says:

    Just got my first car & this would be super useful.

  212. Eileen says:

    Need an emergency kit!

  213. Anita H says:

    Awesome…my car would love this!!!!

  214. Karen says:

    I love my Toyota… all of my Toyotas!

  215. Airdom says:

    Great Winter tips, and great contest! Hope I win! =)

  216. Ally says:

    yay toyota! :)

  217. gina says:

    neat-o!!! :)

  218. Tina says:

    great contest. Everyone could use one of these kits.

  219. Barry says:

    My tires are looking a little worn. Could use a nice winter car. Thanks!

  220. Scott H says:

    I need this badly :)

  221. Shannon says:

    Winter has come. Keep me safe and sound!

  222. cindy quach says:

    mmmmm…handwarmers….yes!

  223. Kevin Walton says:

    Slow down and be aware of the conditions & traffic around you. Saw two accidents this morning!

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