Anti-Lock Brake system or ABS as it is commonly known is a system that was designed to have more control  and avoid skidding  when braking.

It is designed to work best when brakes are fully applied in emergency situations.

The way they work best is when they are fully applied with full pressure on brake pedal. The more vibration you feel the better they work.

Do not pump your brakes if your vehicle is equipped with ABS brakes. This only robs your vehicle of full braking power. They are designed to help you maintain stability in emergency situations.

Also,  people that think that, just by having ABS brake system in their vehicles means they will get them out of any collision are plainly said DUMB. You, as a driver that follows vehicle in front of you are supposed to leave enough space between. In my personal experience, no matter how good you think your brakes are, a rule of thumb says keep it at least 100 meters of distance.  If you think that your own life is your own personal business how about that car in front of you that has a child car seat which YOU just can not see. Keep it at a safe distance and always assume that person in front of you has a child inside the car.  

For those who do not know:

If ABS light in your dash board is lit up, it means that your ABS system is not functional and once the brakes are applied heavily, your vehicle brakes will lock up and your vehicle might slip and slide all over the road.


I have to apologize for this post in advance as the video card in my laptop is dying. I promise to edit it as soon as possible.

As for the answer to some of your questions about wearing sunglasses during the downpour I found it that it works best if they are polarized. I found it that wearing them at night actually reduces my vision and I would not recommend it.

To wear polarized ones during the day time  actually cuts down the glare to a minimum and especially during the daytime as light is reflected of the raindrops.

It does helps a lot if there is that teflon coating applied on windshield (which I wrote about in earlier post).

All of my customers commented positively (including my wife).

The thing I like best about it is that I don’t have to scrape frost of the windshield in the morning. Just a little bit of windshield washer sprayed and presto, it’s gone.

And, as my recommendation to what to do in downpour is: Park your vehicle on side of the road or even better in some sort of parking designated area and wait for the rain to slow down. It is always better to be safe ,then sorry.

So, thank you for all your question. I will reply on them as they come.

For those of you who prefer to talk to me directly, here is my phone number.

Ned Mitrovic

Bryans Service Centre.

1259 Upper James Street

Hamilton, Ontario

((905) 385 2546

Last week’s show on CBC about winter tires drew many comments and emails from viewers. This week, Wendy Mesley took your questions to professional driver Andrew Comrie-Picard. Here are his answers.

Q. The demonstration showed winter tires in snow. Are winter tires better on ice (especially black ice)?

A. Yes. we would have seen an even greater advantage for the winter tires on ice because it’s the tire’s compound that adheres to the surface of the ice. That’s something all season tires don’t have.

Q. How do winter tires perform on pavement, when there is no snow or ice?

A. The whole point of winter tires is the soft rubber compound, so when it gets cold, they stay supple. They stay more like foam rubber than a hockey puck. You can imagine on a dry piece of pavement when it’s cold out, push a hockey puck across the surface, it’s still pretty hard rubber and doesn’t really adhere to the surface, whereas a foam rubber sort of digs in and grabs the surface better. When it’s cold, you’re always going to get better traction on a winter tire. In fact, even in summer on a dry pavement, you’ll get better traction on a winter tire than you would with an all season tire.

Q. Are “all weather” tires winter tires?

A. The all weather tire is another designation that’s thrown around especially by a couple of brand names. It’s a tire that’s just soft enough or just pliable enough to qualify as a winter tire that’s in the compound of the tread blocks, but designed to be used all year long, more like an all season. The problem is that it’s not perfect at either thing. It’s still too hard to be fully optimized as a winter tire. You’re better off getting a pure winter tire.

Q. Do you really need four winter tires, or can you get by with just two?

A. That’s a very bad idea. You’re almost creating a more dangerous scenario by going to only two winter tires instead of four, because you’re creating an inherent handling imbalance. You’ve got great traction on one end and poor traction on the other. For example, take a front wheel drive car and put winter tires on the front, so you can accelerate better. Under braking weight transfers to the front, so you get good traction on the front, and you’re still able to steer with those good winter tires you have on the front. But if you still have all seasons on the back, those brakes lock up and suddenly the car’s inherently unstable. It can spin off the road backwards, or worse hit something else. Always put on four winter tires.

Q. Winter tires are made of softer rubber. Doesn’t that mean they will get worn down quickly?

A. No. That’s a great thing about winter tires. If you use them in the winter, and use them when it’s cold, they don’t wear very quickly at all. Only when the temperature is higher, and by high I mean 5 or 7 celsius, do they start to wear away at an unacceptably quick rate. As long as it’s cold out, especially if it’s wet out, especially if there’s ice or snow, they wear very little at all, and they’ll last a lot of seasons.

On the end just remember that your deductible in case of the accident is equal to what winter tires usually would cost you.

Also two sets of four tire basically double the length of how often you will need new tires.

A 36 year old female had an  accident several weeks ago. It was raining,  though not excessively and her car suddenly  began to

hydro-plane and literally flew  through the air.    She was not seriously injured but  very stunned at the sudden occurrence! 

When she explained to the highway  patrolman what had happened,

He told her  something that every driver should know  – NEVER DRIVE  IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL  ON ..

She thought   she was being cautious by setting the  cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent  speed in the rain.. But the highway patrolman  told her that if the cruise control is on, your  car will begin to hydro-plane when the tires  lose contact with the pavement, and your car  will accelerate to a higher rate of speed  making you take off like an  airplane.

 She told  the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.  The patrolman said this warning should be listed,  on the driver’s seat

sun visor – NEVER USE THE  CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR  ICY, along with  the airbag warning.

 We tell our teenagers to set  the cruise control and drive a safe speed – but  we don’t tell  them to use the cruise control only when the  pavement is dry.

 The only person, the  accident victim found, who knew this (besides the  patrolman), was a man who had a similar accident,  totaled his car and sustained severe  injuries.

 NOTE: Some  vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will  not allow you to set the  cruise control when the windshield

wipers are on.  Even if you send this to 15 people and only  one of  them doesn’t know about this, its  still worthy.  You might have saved a  life.


 How to  achieve good vision while driving during a heavy  downpour? We are not sure why it is so  effective; just try this method when it rains  heavily.

 This method was told by a  Police friend who had experienced and confirmed  it. It is useful…even driving at  night.

 Most of the motorists would  turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers  during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in  front of the windshield is still  bad……

 In the event you face  such a situation, just put on  your SUN  GLASSES (any  model will do), and miracle!

 All of  a sudden, your visibility in front of your  windshield is perfectly  clear, as if there  is no rain.

 Make sure you always  have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your  car.

 You are not only helping  yourself to drive safely with good vision, but  also might save your friend’s life  by giving him  this idea..

 Try it yourself and  share it with your  friends!???

 Amazing, you still see  the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet  of rain falling!

 You can see where the  rain bounces off the road.  It works to  eliminate the “blindness” from passing  cars                                                     Or the  “kickup” if you are following a car in the  rain.

 They ought  to teach this little tip in driver’s training..   It really does work.

 This is  a good warning. I wonder how many people knew  about this.

I have confirmed this with my wife, who is a Cheff.

Her reply was in question form.

Do you know why is it that for last 5 years we didn’t get sick? Did you noticed onions in the kitchen?

I do not like not knowing small things like this.



Please read the fine print


PLEASE READ TO THE END: IMPORTANTIn 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that
visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu.. 
Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several
years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were
many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions
around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must
work.  Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu. 

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who
regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this
most interesting experience about onions: 

Thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmer’s story…but, I do
know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill… I came
across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an
empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the
onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened
just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better. 

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around
the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful
antibacterial, antiseptic properties. 

This is the other note.

Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don’t know what to blame.
Maybe it’s the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the
reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is
the very reason we shouldn’t eat an onion that has been sitting for a time
after it has been cut open. 


I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of
mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone
asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always
worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed’s answer will surprise you. Ed said
that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

“It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but
it’s not really necessary.” He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at
a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked
about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on
the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials
look for is when the ‘victim’ last ate ONIONS and where those onions came
from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as
it’s not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It’s probably the
ONIONS, and if not the onions, it’s the POTATOES.

He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked
onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says
it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your

It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit,
that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you
put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you’re asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook
the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and
creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.
Please pass this on to all you love and care about.

Windshield defogger problems

Have you noticed that it takes longer to defog your windshield in colder days? It is possibly because you air conditioning does not work properly or at all. In order for defogger to work best, air vent should be set to defrost, and ventilation open so that fresh air comes from outside (do not use recirculation switch). Also if after using defroster you find that there is a film or residue left on the inside of your windshield it means that there is a coolant leak in your heater core. Have it repaired as soon as possible as coolant is poisonous and very corrosive.