Taken from: www.budgetdirect.com.au
Being independent, gradual freedom and wanting to get their L or N sign away sooner than later, can be a great push for a new teen driver to pass their Driving test.
But the statistics are very sobering: The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per km driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
As a parent, you can play and active and crucial role in your teenager’s driving lessons. Here are nine road safety tips to share with your teen to encourage them to be better, safer drivers.
1. Wear your seatbelt
2. Put the Phone Away
Learner and New drivers aren’t allowed to use phones at all while driving. The physical, visual and cognitive distraction leads to unsafe driving and increases the odds of a crash. Before starting the car, have your driver-in-training switch off his phone and put it out of reach. If they need to use the phone, teach them to stop and park where using a mobile phone won’t be a danger to themselves or to other road users. According to researchers, each time a driver writes and sends a text, his or her eyes are off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, enough time to drive the length of a rugby pitch. Remind your teen that it’s their job to watch the road when driving, and no one else can do it for him.
Unfortunately, the price of gas seems to only go up. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to curb gas consumption and save yourself a little money in the process. Below are 7 tips to help you improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency so you can buy gas less frequently.
1. Slow down
This is simple and will do wonders for your fuel economy. Many people drive 10 to 20 km/h above the posted speed limit, especially on the highway. While this will get you to your destination a little faster, it can really decrease your gas mileage. Driving the speed limit will help you to conserve fuel.
2. Keep your car maintaned
Keep your car maintained and follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. According to Natural Resources Canada a poorly maintained vehicle can cost the equivalent of up to 15¢ more per litre on fuel.
4. Less items in the trunk
Something as simple as emptying your trunk can contribute to fuel savings. This might be tough if you’re transporting hiking equipment or other outdoor supplies, but you can start by removing winter gear like salt and tire chains. Objects like bike and luggage racks will also create drag and lower your fuel economy, so store them away after excursions instead of leaving them on your vehicle.
5. Check your air filters
Taken from www.insurancehotline.com/preparing-your-car-for-the-winter-season/
In most areas of Canada, the winter season can significantly affect driving conditions, leaving you more prone to accidents. During the winter, even more so than other times of the year, it’s important to focus on defensive driving to protect yourself and keep your family safe and sound. Driving safely also helps keep your insurance rates down, while minimizing wear and tear on your vehicle. A big part of staying safe in the winter is making sure that your car is adequately prepared to handle whatever driving conditions you may face. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your vehicle and give yourself the best chance of staying safe over the winter months.
1. Make sure you have the right oil for your car.
Check your owner’s manual for the right oil for your specific vehicle, but in general oil like 5W30 works better in cold weather conditions than thicker 10W30 or 10W40. The thinner the oil, the more easily it circulates to lubricate your engine in colder temperatures.
3. Check your tire pressure.
Due to the colder air, your tire pressure tends to drop a little bit in the winter. Keeping your tires at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure makes your car easier to handle, making you safer on the roads and will even save you money by improving fuel economy!
Article taken from www.lesschwab.com/article/choosing-custom-wheels-is-about-more-than-good-looks
It is very important to choose tires and rims that fit well with your car’s needs. You might have a powerful engine and the best-in-class transmission system but all of that is worth nothing when the wheel and the tire you have are sub-standard.
Consider your driving goals and style preferences.
"I'm just after chill looks."
Say you just want to personalize a vehicle to make it your own. If you're all about the aesthetics but don't want to change your current ride performance, it's easy: You can keep the same sizing but swap out your wheels for something showier.
Taken from: www.flightnetwork.com/blog/ultimate-guide-summer-fun-vancouver/
Vancouver is gorgeous in Spring time, and it offers some amazing colors in the Fall. But nothing compares to the fun you will find when Vancouver is 79° and sunny! Vancouver offers a variety of attractions, golden beaches, refreshing water activities and ‘fun in the sun’ activities for everyone to enjoy all summer long.
1. Splash Parks
Summer just isn’t summer without splashing around in the water on a hot day. Kids ages 1 to 12 love the many water spray parks that Vancouver has to offer. Stop by Granville Island Water Spray Park and cool off with your kiddies. Let your little ones splash around in the water spray park and on splash pads while the older kids enjoy the bright yellow water slide.
Another fun water spray park is Rainbow Playland at Queen’s Park in New Westminster. This playground features a big water spray park, a petting farm, picnic tables and two playgrounds designed with families in mind. Also a must-do when in Vancouver is the water spray area at Connaught Park in Kitsilano. This park is surrounded by lush catalpa and oak trees, and there are plenty of places for parents to sit in the shade and watch their little ones have fun in the water.
2. Beluga Whales at the Vancouver Aquarium
Nothing says fun like visiting over 50,000 animals and species! The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest aquarium that connects thousands of visitors every year with the natural world. Kids can see busy penguins at Penguin Point, enjoy Behind the Scenes Tours and animal encounters, as well as a variety of animal spotlights and educational experiences. In the summertime, there are multiple exciting exhibitions and spotlights to see with your little ones.
After a long winter of dirty boots and spilled coffees, the interior of your car could use a little TLC before you go on your next adventure.
What you will need:
1. A vacuum (preferably hand vacuum)
2. Car glass cleaner
3. Leather cleaner/ upholstery cleaner
4. Microfibre cloth
5. Protectant wipes
1. Start by removing all mats
Remove all mats and while they are out, time to give them some rinse and power-wash. Washing car mats with some gentle soaps are great to remove any stains. Now let them dry and go to step 2.
2. Vacuum underneath all seats
Move the seats to make sure you get every corners. When vacuuming the trunk, be sure to check the placement of your spare tire. If you're worried about the spare tire placement and if it still works properly, call us and we'll be happy to check it for you!
3. Use proper cleaner for the windows
Spray the liquid right on the towel and wipe the window in a rhythmic manner.
Credit: By Ira Hellman www.geico.com/more/driving/auto/auto-care/car-noises/
Hmm. Purr. Vroom. Modern engineering has made driving a car easier on the ears than ever. But there are some car noises you don’t want to hear, because they can signal trouble. Every once in a while, roll down the windows and start listening for “any sound that is odd,” says Mike Peth, director of technical training at Ohio Technical College in Cleveland. “You know your car, so you can often pick up something that may become a problem.”
1. A sound like a coin in a clothes dryer
What it means: If you hear something rattling around inside a wheel at low speeds (and then stops as you drive faster) it could be a loose lug nut inside a hub cap. That might mean your wheel wasn’t tightened properly the last time it was removed and replaced. Take your car to a mechanic ASAP.
Wondering what the deal is with a tire rotation and whether or not you should get one? The rule of thumb is relatively easy to remember: A good time to rotate your tires is when you get the oil changed, assuming you do that at least once a year and more often if you drive, say, more than 5,000 to 7,500 km annually.
What is a Tire Rotation?
Tire rotation is the practice of moving the wheels and tires of an automobile from one position to another, to ensure even tire wear. Even tire wear is desirable to extend the useful life of a set of tires. The weight on the front and rear axles differs which causes uneven wear.
What Are the Benefits of Regular Tire Rotations?
Rotating your vehicle's tires – periodically changing their position on the vehicle from front to back and/or side to side – delivers three main benefits. Tire rotation can preserve balanced handling and help maintain traction. That's especially important when roads are slick from rain or snow.
So When is the Right Time for a Tire Rotation?
Tire rotations are crucial for maintaining the quality of your driving experience, but there’s much more to do if you want to ensure your vehicle is in the best shape possible when you’re on the road. Contact us today and speak to one of our representative about your car maintenance!
Springtime means that summer is just around the corner, but until then we will have to endure the rain, constant temperature changes and spring mud.
Spring isn’t all bad, it also means that the birds are back singing, the dull white and grey of winter bursts into vibrant green, and of course, who could forget to give everything a good dose of spring cleaning.
This year, as part of your spring cleaning routine, you should extend your efforts to your vehicle. Spring maintenance is vital for the health of your vehicle, especially your tires.
Tires are arguably the most important part of your vehicle, without them it doesn’t matter what you have under the hood, your tires are what give you proper speed and control. But they are also one of the most often neglected parts of a vehicle.
Winter driving takes a toll on any vehicle. Combining salt, ice, snow, mud, and freezing temperatures it creates a potent mix of potentially damaging conditions. Expect the melting snow to reveal rust, scratches, dents, or worse! Tires are by no means immune from the harsh effects of winter.
Here are four spring tire maintenance tips for your car this season:
1) Take Off Winter Tires
If you haven’t already, then now is the time to switch your winter tires for all-season or summer tires. Driving winter tires on dry, warm roads in spring and summer will reduce fuel efficiency and increase wear and tear. Over time that wear and tear will reduce the lifespan and effectiveness of your winter tires, or even potentially cause a catastrophic blowout.
While taking off your winter tires you should examine them to determine if they are suitable for next winter, or need to be replaced. Similarly, before re installing your all-season or summer tires you should first inspect them to make sure that they are up to the job.
Use the criteria laid out in the following steps to make this judgment.
1. Service your car
Have you thought about what the road salt could do to your car if piled up? Without you realizing, your car has undergone so much these past few months with all the holiday travels. Servicing is essential before all the dirts and salt piling up. Make sure your service center performs a good check on the car's battery, breaks and all the fluids are topped up.
2. Check all the lights
Make sure the headlights, tailights and foglights are well maintained during this season. Visibility is affected as the days get shorter, most especially in the heavy downpour, it could be dangerous if other vehicles can't see you.
Gorm Dagoe and