Why Jeep® & Ram Vehicles Are Perfect for Winter Driving

New Jeep Wrangler | Chilliwack, BC

Winter in Chilliwack is no joke, from icy roads to driving up and down the snow-covered mountains. You need a vehicle that can take on harsh cold weather conditions. Jeep® and Ram are great brand options for your winter travel needs. These are some reasons why you should drive a Jeep® or Ram vehicle during Chilliwack winters.

4×4 Capability

You already know about the Jeep® brand’s legendary 4×4 systems, but did you know that Ram trucks are available with them too? A 4×4 drive system can greatly increase your vehicle’s grip on the road, whether you’re crossing ice, snow, or just some rocky terrain. It sends power to all four wheels, giving you better traction.

Rugged and Durable

Both of these brands are built to withstand harsh conditions. Whether you’re behind the wheel of a Wrangler or a Ram 2500, you can have the peace of mind that they were built to last.

For instance, many Jeep® vehicles are Trail Rated®, which means they’ve undergone extensive testing in the following areas: traction, water fording, manoeuvrability, articulation, and ground clearance. Ram trucks have a high-strength steel frame that is constructed for towing, hauling, and other tough work.

Whichever utility brand you buy at O’Conner Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, you can trust that it’s equipped for safe winter driving in Chilliwack.

4×4 or AWD Truck: Which is Better for Winters in BC?

Ram 1500 & Jeep Gladiator | Chilliwack, BC

Canadian winters are nothing to mess around with. From frigid temperatures to snowy roads, you really need a truck that can get around with ease in the winter. But should you choose a truck with 4×4 or all-wheel drive (AWD)? This guide breaks down the two options, explaining which option is best to take on the winter months.

4×4 Drive System

With a full-time 4×4 drive system, your vehicle will send power from the engine to all four wheels, all the time. As the driver, you can typically select either low or high ranges to get the type of traction you need. Because of this, a 4×4 vehicle for the winter is always a good option — especially if you need a truck. A 4×4 truck like the RAM 1500 or Jeep Gladiator doesn’t use 4×4 all the time, but instead adjusts where it sends the power depending on what the road conditions are. This specific drive system is the better choice for deep snow and extreme winter conditions, which is ideal for BC winters.

All-Wheel-Drive System

Like 4×4 systems, all-wheel drive (AWD) sends power to all four of the vehicle’s wheels, allowing you to get the traction you need when you need it. Unlike the 4×4 system, though, AWD doesn’t give you control over the range of your AWD. Instead, it works automatically. Because of this, while AWD is good in inclement weather, it’s not as good as the 4×4 system for the Chilliwack cold season.

Contact us at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram if you have any more questions about which drivetrain you should pick. Or stop by to test-drive one of our 4×4 models.

How to Warm Your Car Up Quickly

Ram Chassis Cab with Snow Plow | How To Warm Your Car Up Quickly in Chilliwack, BC

Winter weather in BC can get harshly cold. When you have to make your morning commute, it can be difficult to want to leave your warm toasty house when you know you have to get into a cold car. To keep you cozy this winter, remember these tips on how to warm your car up quickly.

Turn on your ignition, but don’t start your engine. Doing this will help you get hot air quickly, since the engine will be primed. When the engine is primed, it will produce heat quickly.

Idle for a bit. Once your engine is primed, you want to idle your vehicle for about 30 seconds to a minute. This will help the heater core produce warm air.

Time to go. Driving your car will actually help it warm up faster. That’s because your engine will warm up, allowing more hot air to pass into your cabin. Modern vehicles usually only need about 30 seconds to warm up, so you won’t have to suffer in the cold long.

Think about where you’re pointing the hot air. When your car is finally warmed up, you want to direct the warm air at you and your passenger’s chest to help your bodies warm up quickly. Then, once you’re warm again, direct the heat toward your feet, since heat rises.

Contact us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram for more tips on keeping your vehicle in peak condition during BC’s extreme winters.

Stay Safe With These Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips in Chilliwack BC

Highway road conditions throughout British Columbia in the winter can be unpredictable. With rapid elevation changes that lead to a mixture of snow, ice, sunshine, and rain, it’s important that you understand how to be ready for driving in any condition. These winter driving tips will help you better handle the cold months ahead.

Obey Winter Tire and Chain Signs

Throughout BC, you will find there are areas that require you to have either winter tires or chains. You shouldn’t go past these signs without the proper equipment. Instead, make sure you switch to your winter tires early on and consider driving with chains in your trunk to ensure you’re ready for anything.  

Carry an Emergency Kit

You never know what might happen on the road ahead. Make sure you always carry an emergency kit with you while driving to ensure you’re not stranded in freezing temperatures without proper kit.

Drive for the Conditions

When winter weather affects road conditions, it’s important to drive intelligently. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, slow down your speed to match the road conditions, and avoid sudden movements.

Know How to Handle Skidding

If you find yourself skidding on a slick road, don’t slam on the brakes and over-steer. Instead, gently ease off the accelerator or brake, then look and steer in the direction you want to head.

Ensure that your travels are safe ones this winter when you take your vehicle in for a service appointment here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.