Prime Choice of­fers a bl­iz­zard of sav­ings on ev­ery­thing for ul­ti­mate win­ter driv­ing Nov. 16-18 at 201 Iber Rd. in Stittsville

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When it comes to win­ter driv­ing, con­cern for fam­ily mem­bers comes along with the bad weather.

Doug Ha­toum, the store man­ager of Prime Choice, ex­pe­ri­enced that first-hand when his daugh­ter Sarah, an am­bi­tious young col­lege stu­dent, first drove to Al­go­nquin in the snow.

“As a young driver, she was very timid to drive,” he said. “I re­mem­ber the first snowfall last win­ter, she took her car and parked it. She got friends to drive her or she took the bus. She said to me, ‘Dad, I don’t want to drive the car, it slides.’ ” That was last year.

Doug took her to put snow tires on her car, and then to a shop­ping cen­tre park­ing lot to prac­tice spins and turns.

Sarah felt much more con­fi­dent head­ing out to school. “Last year af­ter prac­tic­ing win­ter driv­ing with her snow tires, she picked up her friends and took them to school.

“This year she’s more ready for win­ter,” he said, “and she’s the one re­mind­ing me to put on snow tires.”

In pre­par­ing for win­ter, driv­ing guides sug­gest you have a snow brush, an ex­tra blan­ket, a full jug of wind­shield an­tifreeze, booster ca­bles, a cell­phone charger that doesn’t need to plug in, and some salt/sand mix­ture for trac­tion in your ve­hi­cle trunk.

For win­ter safety driv­ing tips, visit the web­site for the On­tario Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion at on­tario.ca.

Lo­cally owned and op­er­ated, Prime Choice is the auto parts store for every­one. The warm, wel­com­ing store at­tracts a healthy mix of do-it-your­selfers, back­yard me­chan­ics and the ev­ery­day con­sumer look­ing for wind­shield wiper blades and a bat­tery.

Gaz­ing around at his counter on a rainy af­ter­noon, Doug spot­ted a va­ri­ety of peo­ple, which in­cluded a me­chanic, a mom with two kids, a gen­tle­man in a dress shirt, and a stu­dent.

“Peo­ple shouldn’t be in­tim­i­dated, they should pop by,” he said. “No­body plans for a break­down. We un­der­stand that and want to make this as easy as pos­si­ble. Hav­ing the part is one thing, but get­ting peo­ple the right part and the proper help is the big­gest part of the trans­ac­tion. Our job for any mo­torist out there with a need is to get them back on the road as quickly and ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.”

All auto prod­ucts are avail­able at the three Prime Choice lo­ca­tions. “It’s a three-day win­ter blitz — a bl­iz­zard of sav­ings.”

Visit Prime Choice dur­ing their Nov. 16-18 park­ing lot sale event to learn more about win­ter tires, see their se­lec­tion of win­ter rims, and to talk to pro­fes­sion­als about what’s right for your ve­hi­cle. If you’re un­able to at­tend this event, you’re in­vited to visit prime choice win­ter tire sale. mylp.co for a quote on tires and in­for­ma­tion on the event. The ex­perts at Prime Choice will be happy to get in touch and help you make an in­formed de­ci­sion on your win­ter driv­ing needs.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to find ev­ery­thing needed for win­ter driv­ing safety, visit

www.prime­choice.ca or call 613-236-2332.

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