Kelowna Winter Driving Tips

Kelowna Winter Driving Tips

Nov 21, 2018

As you’re probably aware, Candian winters can be a little harsh, and Kelowna is no exception. Read these Kelowna winter driving tips before you get on the road!

Be careful driving to ski resorts

The local ski resorts tend to be at high elevations, which means you have to drive up some steep mountain roads where the snow can be much heavier and the low cloud coverage leads to problems with rain and fog on the roads. Big White Base is 1,508m high and Apex Mountain Resort is 1,575m high… the higher you go, the worse the snow tends to get!

The roads in the Okanagan Valley can be slushy

Often, when it is snowing high up in the mountains, the valley floor will experience knock-on effects of slush, sleet, and rain, causing the roads to become slippery and unstable. Just because you’re low down doesn’t mean you’re always in luck with the weather!

Be wary of the Coquihalla Highway and the Hwy 97C (the Coquihalla Connector)

Both of these highways are mountain roads at high elevations which are prone to poor driving conditions and heavy snowfall. If you can find an alternative way into Kelowna, such as Highway 3 (A/B) or Highway 5/5A, it may be a better idea in order to come across better driving conditions.

The bad road conditions can last until the spring

In some areas, the snow can hang around into April, with blowing snow, limited visibility, and icy streets making it near-impossible to drive! Don’t assume that the snow won’t be an issue if you’re traveling toward the start or spring – always check the local weather reports!

Driving in winter can be treacherous in Kelowna, be sure to follow these tips and equip your car properly, driving slowly and safely at all times! If you are unsure if your vehicle is winter ready, contact Paragon Motors today and get your vehicle inspected.

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    Matthew Richardson

    Paragon Motors was a delight. Not only did they give us the best price, but they actually fixed what was wrong. We had taken our car to another place first and they misdiagnosed the problem. Rick took it around the block and knew exactly what to do to get it... read more -

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    Carol Boutilier

    Excellent service, complete confidence my vehicle is safe and well maintained. No overcharges, talk up in packages and value for your money, no gouging. I highly recommend this fabulous team they really care for people and their reputation is paramount to everyone at Paragon. Paragon's top rating... read more -

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    Kaley S.
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    Paragon Motors went above and beyond for me!It was my first time at the shop, and they got me in ASAP after calling! I'm from out of town and was scared to find a reliable mechanic at a good cost, as I am a student! They made sure everything in... read more -

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    Debra Clark

    The Paragon Motors team went above and beyond in so many ways to figure out why our F150 was stalling, and to fix the problem quickly so we could safely get back home to Washington state.

    ✔ Fit us in without an appointment when we called and said we're stranded...
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    George Sartori

    Drew and his team gave us great service, very good workmanship and a good price. Drew got my elderly mother’s car in for some major repairs, in the last week before Christmas. Would recommend Paragon Motors to anyone, excellent in every way. -

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    Lori Haisty

    Rang around multiple companies asking for help with my car. Paragon was by far the most cost effective and helpful in helping me understand what was wrong with my car and the repair they were doing.
    Will definitely be a returning customer

    Thanks so much.
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    Al Dillabaugh

    This my third time having repairs at paragon, and like the previous..it was a non issue , professional , respectful and knowledgeable are some of words to describe these guys , this time I had my H1 hummer in , as it has been stored for years I had ... read more -

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    Carla Polischuk

    Rick and his crew at Paragon motors are awesome!! They are knowledgeable and friendly...the service is great!!!
    I trust them with my car 100%!!!
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    Erik Kelownaguy

    Last week I had a problem with the charging system in my Dodge Grand Caravan. I dropped by Paragon hoping they might have time to take a quick look at it. Although they were fully booked and I didn't have an appointment, Drew still managed to fit me... read more -

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    wouter van der hall

    Pleasant and skilled staff/owners. Always ready to help and adjust to your schedule when needed for more elaborate repairs. Nice massage chair in the waiting area too! Would certainly recommend. -

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    Mike Curliss

    Very professional, polite and easy to deal with. Fixed the problem on time and on budget. Great job. -

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    Freddie Banfield

    Always good. No complaints. Drews the best hands down. -

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    Jasmine .

    High quality service.
    Great communication, trustworthy, and fast.
    Provided a free hire car for the day while our car was getting fixed!
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    Jacqui Allison

    What an amazing team. Right from the tow guy Todd to all the shop staff, especially Rick and Drew. Polite, professional and honest. I am now driving my older car with peace of mind knowing how much work they did to keep me on the rd at a reasonable cost.... read more -

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    Chris Roi

    Hands down one of the best autoshops in town. Quality service and they never try and upsell you something you don't need. You'll get informed on when to do your next repair and the urgency of it. My new auto shop hands down I'll be going back for anything else... read more -

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    Liam Powell

    I contacted the guys at Paragon Motors whilst out of the country, as I was needing a pre purchase inspection done for a vehicle. Drew was nothing short of exceptional in his service, demeanour and willingness to take the time to speak with me. Calling from my home in Australia... read more -

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    Pauline Eggebrecht

    I wanted to buy a car and needed a check up so I called Paragon and got an appointment for the next day. They did the check in an hour and after I got my insurance I could bring the car back to get new ball joints and they were... read more -

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    Mountasar Al-Lawandi

    Fabulous place and staff. I was coming to Kelowna from Vancouver and started hearing a whistle noise when accelerating. These guys did what is right even though I came in without an appointment. Test drive and small tweaks and guaranteed me that I will be able to head back home... read more -

  • Jeff Carroll Avatar
    Jeff Carroll

    They are personable and knowledgeable. Timely repairs and will find whatever parts are needed and give you a choice( if available) for oem vs jobber. Highley recommend them -

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