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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    Joe Bell

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    Mountasar Al-Lawandi

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    Phil Spoelstra

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    Michael Baccari

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Frank Rinella

    Rick is a mechanical genius. They care about their reputation about customer service and doing a quality job. Just awesome.
    Nice comfortable waiting area with spot to plug in a laptop or phone. Massage chair...bonus! Decent coffee machine that pumps out coffee or chocolate and everything in between.
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    Laurie Paxton

    The best mechanical, customer and personal service. I recently had quite a hiccup and Drew, Rick and their team stick handled everything so professionally and with empathy for my situation. Thank you so much. True integrity. -

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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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    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.

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    Phil S.
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    I've never been more motivated to write a review than this!  My wife came off the Coquihalla from Vancouver with some car problems and couldn't find a place open on Saturday that could help her.    She found Paragon Motors who showed her kindness, respect and understanding.  They fixed the... 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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    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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    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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    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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