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Canada's Gasoline Prices - Understanding Changing Prices

There are several factors that affect the prices at the pumps in Canada. Some prices might change day to day or pump to pump, or even province to province.

It’s hard to keep up, but below is some basic information that can be used to understand the fuel prices at gas stations.

The price at the pump for a litre of gasoline is calculated by the price of crude oil, the cost of refining that crude, marketing and distribution costs, taxes and, of course, profits to the seller (considering the people/company who extract the oil all the way to the pump with the end product).

Prices vary from province to province due to the cost of transportation and taxes provincial and municipal.

The amount of fuel a station can sell may also affect end price. Potentially, a station that sells more fuel and other products, may be able to offer their products at a lower price than a station that sells less fuel.



A strategy that some gas station retail sites use is to offer food, car washes, personal items, l…

Canada’s 5 best-selling vehicles for the first 6 months of 2018

Best selling vehicles in Canada This June, there was a 2 per cent drop in total sales  and the first-half of 2018 ends as the second-strongest start to the year in Canadian history.
Canadians have bought and leased more than 2 million vehicles in 2018 for just the second time ever, but that’s with fewer total sales than last year.
More Canadians are acquiring new vehicles by getting into longer-term loans, having been attracted to car dealer showrooms with strong incentives but still the Canadian auto industry may not be as healthy as it appears on paper.
Vehicle sales in the first 6 months of 2018 According to Global Automakers of Canada, 1.04 million new vehicles were sold between January and June. Surprisingly the most popular vehicles on which the industry depends for great swathes of volume, are suffering substantial demand decreases.
Honda and Toyota, for instance, sold nearly 5,000 fewer Corollas and Civics in the first-half of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017.

Count…

Driving in the city, tips for a safe ride home

It doesn't matter what season it is, if you own a vehicle and drive within a city you know how stressful it can be, or how situations can turn dangerous in a blink of an eye.
Here are some tips and ideas that will help you be a safe driver and be secure when you are on the road.
Be calm when driving. Before you get in your vehicle, make sure you are calm. If you drive when you are stressed, anxious, upset or emotional in any way, you can become a dangerous driver. When you are not calm or relaxed, you wont be as focused on the road as you should; remember driving a vehicle is a huge responsibility as you hold the safety of yourself., your passenger and other drivers on the road in your hands.
If you are emotional in any way, give yourself a few minutes before starting your drive. Breathe and try to put your thoughts on hold, so you can concentrate on the road ahead. 
Use technology for your advantage when driving. Be aware of traffic waves, or rush hours. there is a great deal of…

Winter weather - Wind Chill

ShipMyRide's team put together some information that can be very important for you this winter season. Looking at the temperature on our smart phones or on TV is one thing but the actual feeling on our skin and body on the outside can tell a different story. 
Besides the temperature you need to check the Wind Chill. The wind chill is how cold it actually feels on your skin when the cold wind is added to the low temperatures. On your mobile apps, or weather websites, they may refer to it as the "feels-like" temperature.
This phenomenon is caused because the wind actually strips away the thin layer of warm air above our skin. The stronger the wind, will result on a greater heat lost from our body, and the colder the sensation on our skin. When the winds are weaker or lighter, the temperature sensation will feel closer to the actual air temperature on our skin.

The dangers of Wind Chill in Canadian winter weather Hypothermia 
The colder the wind chill with low temperatures…

Truck Driver Tips - Driving in Winter Conditions

We are starting to see snowfalls across the country, some mild and some a little more than expected. Diving through the highways in this conditions can be nerve wrecking. But there are things you can do as the driver to make sure you make it to your destination safe.


Know your driving limits. Before you take on the challenge on icy and snow covered roads, be true to yourself on your skills for driving in these poor conditions. Remember is not only you out there, there will be hundreds of cars and other semi trucks. If you don't feel prepared make sure you get enough practice with a more experienced driver or with a professional trainer.

Stopping or slowing down in the highway. Always know when it is getting too much for you, if you are tired driving though a snowfall, STOP. Stop in a safe dedicated place on the road or a truck stop and get some rest, or wait for the weather conditions to improve. If you can go on, slow down. Speed limits are often too fast for snow icy or snow co…

Prepare yourself and your vehicle for Winter!

ShipMyRide’s Team, has put together some tips for this harsh winter condition driving and how to prepare yourself and how to prepare an emergency kit to always keep in your vehicle.

ALWAYS wear warm cloths before going out; dress in layers and with appropriate rated boots and jackets. You never know when you might have to be out in the elements to change a tire, or repair anything outside the comfort of your vehicle. 

PREPARE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT, with this weather conditions, we might experience road closures while driving on the highway, or we might be stuck due to mechanical failures, among others. Whatever the reason is, we might have to stay in our vehicle for hours at a time. For this reason, we recommend preparing a “Winter Survival Kit” with the following items: 
Small shovel, windshield scraper with brushflashlight with extra batteriesBattery powered radioWater in plastic bottles that won't break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)Snack food including energ…

Car dealers in Canada, have you heard of Dealer.com?

Yesterday, Cox Automotive Canada announced that Dealer.com, a digital marketing solution and partner for dealerships, will be available directly to Canadian dealerships through the Canadian Dealer.com team in February 2019.
Dealer.com is an American company which brings a full suite of digital marketing tools to OEMs to connect with dealers, coupled with direct consultation to make those tools work harder for their customers.


After 20 years in the U.S. market, and over 10 years of experience in Canada, Dealer.com is now offering its website and digital advertising solutions directly to Canadian dealers.
“With the Dealer.com premier website and digital marketing solution coming soon directly from our Canadian team, dealers will have exclusive access to new products and features previously unavailable in Canada,” said Cox Automotive Canada president, Maria Soklis. “The Dealer.com experience will be easier and more efficient than ever before with dedicated Canadian service, along with c…

Daylight Saving Time, ShipMyRide is ready! Are you?

Today is the day that we need to change the time on all our watches, clocks and cars. Daylight Saving Time starts today. This is used to save energy and for us to make a the most of natural daylight.  Nowadays, almost 40% of countries worldwide use DST to better use daylight and conserve energy.
Daylight Saving Time Facts
- The first countries to use DST were Germany and Austria.
- 1916 is the year where they used DST for the first time.
- A little-known fact that a few hundred Canadians beat the German Empire by 8 years. On July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, today's Thunder Bay, turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world's first DST period.
On April 23, 1914, Regina in Saskatchewan implemented DST.
-New Zealand scientist George Vernon Hudson and British builder William Willett, came up with the idea of proposing a 2-hour shift forward in October and a 2-hour shift back in March.
-Many sources also credit Benjamin Franklin with being the first t…