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GTA: Current Toronto Traffic / Transit Summary

Current Toronto Traffic Summary:

The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is announcing service alerts for the following;

Toronto: Emergency Road Closure: Don Valley Parkway

(Toronto, Ont Can) The City of Toronto Traffic Management Centre is announcing an emergency road closure affecting Don Valley Parkway Southbound at Bayview / Bloor exit for ongoing police investigation. No further details were offered in the announcement. (Map credit Mapquest Canada)

Local Organization Offers Program to Discourage Distracted Driving

Local Organization Offers Program to Discourage Distracted Driving

Thousands of people die needlessly each year because drivers continue to use their cell phones while driving, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). In an effort to combat distracted driving, the organization is promoting April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The goals of the NSC initiative are to encourage people to stop using cell phones while driving and understand the dangers of cognitive distractions to the brain. And locally, The Resource Training Center (TRTC) is on board with its support, offering a program that teaches young drivers to change their approach to driving.

Jacobs Unveils New “Self-Serve Kiosks” at Auto Bureaus

Jacobs Unveils New “Self-Serve Kiosks” at Auto Bureaus

Says technology will decrease lines and wait times

Erie County, NY – In his continued effort to utilize technology to improve customer service, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced today the roll-out of Self-Serve Kiosks at the three main auto bureaus. “Similar to what you see at the airport, these kiosks allow you to by-pass the customer service window and print out a wait-time receipt on your own,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs’ says the Kiosks are a result of a “re-engineering study” done in the auto bureau in an effort to improve customer service and revenue. “The study found that customers are often waiting longer in the customer service line then they are waiting to be serviced by a cashier…the kiosks will be a powerful tool to decrease the customer service queue,” stated Jacobs.

Toronto: Emergency Road Closure Royal York NB/SB at Chapman

Happening Now:

The City of Toronto  Traffic Management Centre is announcing the immediate closure of Royal York Road northbound and southbound at Chapman due to an ongoing Police investigation.

Time to resolution or any other details were not release, at this time.

Timely Winter Car Care Tips

Timely Winter Car Care Tips

By Tom Torbjornsen

Greetings Western New York! Tom Torbjornsen from Towne Automotive here with some timely car care tips for winter.

Does this scenario sound familiar? You're driving down the highway and suddenly a huge mass of dirty snow mixed with saltwater splashes onto your windshield from a passing truck. In a panic, you start the wipers and shoot the wiper fluid, only to find that you have run out of fluid and the wiper blades are merely pushing the slush across the window! A very dangerous predicament, indeed ... and totally avoidable. 

Vehicle Safety Devices/Systems Grow by Leaps and Bounds

Vehicle Safety Devices/Systems Grow by Leaps and Bounds

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive expert from Towne Automotive Group here, hoping you are having a great holiday season! And now for my weekly automotive tip.

As I watch the auto industry develop and evolve, I see the area of safety devices growing exponentially. A new class of devices called “Driver Assists” is a growing trend in terms of what consumers want in their next auto. As a matter of fact, six out of 10 consumers want driver assists in their next auto. What are these devices/systems? Let’s take a look at some of the systems available.