One Reason To Keep An Old Phone

An essential part to your car's emergency kit

One Reason To Keep An Old Phone

Old cell phone emergency kit

It seems like people are getting new phones all the time, left, right, and centre. Before you throw away your old phone, consider this: Did you know that according to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission), you can use your old phone to make emergency 911 calls?

Here's what they say: "If you have a cell phone but are not subscribed to any service, you can still dial 911 in an emergency and get basic wireless 911 service."

So, if you have an old cell phone that used to have service, you can still use it to make a 911 call. The only thing is that you must remember to keep it charged! My recommendation is to pack the old cell phone and charger in your car's emergency kit. Every once in a while, take it out to give it a full charge. 

What other use do you have for an old cell phone?


Luxuriously Quiet: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

This sedan has come a long way

Luxuriously Quiet: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Here’s how the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is billed: it’s a car for owners that “…look for quality and the features they want at a good price, and even a design that expresses their sense of style.” That’s quite the standard for me to live up to, driving that car!

Just to be clear.. let's look at the transformation. Here's a 1988 Hyundai Sonata:

1988 Hyundai Sonata

Today's Hyundai Sonata — an incredible progression:

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid exterior


Remarkably Quiet

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is noticeably quiet, both inside and out. As with most hybrids, when you stand next to it the car is quiet, you can barely tell it’s there. Inside, the ride is equally smooth and the transition between the motor and engine is seamless. In fact, the Sonata Hybrid was surprisingly responsive so whenever I had to pick up speed to merge with traffic on a highway (for example), it wasn’t an issue.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid rear

Under the Hood

No surprises here, the location of various do-it-yourself items were clearly labelled and easy to find. Stay away from the orange wire though — these carry high voltage!

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid engine


Child Car Seats

The Sonata’s rear bench is very roomy and has lots of cushioning. That being said, you will most likely need pool noodles or rolled up towels to get the correct angle of recline when installing a rear-facing child car seat.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid rear seats


Trunk Space

Usually, trunk space is limited in a hybrid car because of the type of battery it uses. Not so for the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, I had a good amount of space for groceries and bags. They use the smallest and lightest hybrid battery available — a lithium-ion polymer battery.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid trunk

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid battery


Style, Interior

The touchscreen was easy to use and intuitive; it gave lots of information on the status of the hybrid feature. Climate control buttons were given a simplified look especially with the ‘mode’ options being depicted as a person. 

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid centre console


Style, Exterior

The Sonata has improved a lot over its previous generations in terms of design. I love the overall sleek look of the body and my favourite part is the front headlights. The wave design adds some depth to them.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid front headlight

I also love the panoramic sunroof — there's never too much natural daylight, in my opinion.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid panoramic sunroof


Fuel Mileage

So this is a hybrid, right? You bet I expected great things in terms of fuel mileage. We travelled over 900 kms on one tank of gas and it cost us $78 to fill up. Not bad at all.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid fuel meter

It’s important to mention that the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was a finalist for the 2013 Canadian Green Car Award. The only thing I’d have to weigh in is whether or not the fuel savings will balance out with the upfront cost of the hybrid technology.

Starting price for the Sonata Hybrid is $28,000 CAD (compared to the non-hybrid version starting at just under $24,000 CAD). If you do a lot of city driving, I can definitely see that having a hybrid may be an advantage for you.